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Number 651, January 1, 2012
"A century of incompetent, irrational, murderous foreign policy"

by Rex May



PUBLISHER'S NOTE: my lovely and talented wife Cathy pointed out this article and I thought I would pass it on to you. It's by Glenn Greenwald, a liberal to be sure, but in the old tradition with which I usually disagree but once learned to respect. With the exception of his senseless digs at Ron Paul's "baggage"—the specific content of which, like other liberals, he never examines or evaluates—this piece is amazing and heartening.

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Now here's an interesting essay that explained some things I hadn't quite understood before: "The Collapse of Our Corrupt, Predatory, Pathological Financial System Is Necessary and Positive" by Charles Hugh Smith.

And HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yet another "interesting" year ahead it seems.

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Let Slip the Pigs of War
by L. Neil Smith
Everywhere you go at the moment, the radio, TV, the Internet are full of establishment Republicans—the morons who enthusiastically helped the Democrats get us into this mess—attacking what they call Ron Paul's "isolationism", a slur first invented by the Franklin Roosevelt Administration (whose economic policies had only made the Depression worse, and which was desperate to get into a war that would cover up its failures) to insult Robert Taft and others who saw no reason for America to get involved in what became the Second World War.

by Chris Claypoole
America, like Rome, didn't start out to become an empire. Yet, while America's path to empire, and the kind and structure of America's empire are quite different from that of Rome, it is what America has become. The United States has a military presence in well over 100 countries, and has few qualms about expanding that presence to do much more than meddle. The obvious examples are Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Then there is the spillover of military actions into Pakistan, which have the potential to get rather ugly. Go back a bit and remember Bosnia. The point is, despite being the pre-eminent military power in the world, the United States, like the Roman Empire, engages in aggression against nations out of fear, despite the vanishingly small possibility that those nations could attack America here.

"And So, Ad Infinitum"
by L. Neil Smith
When you get to be my age, time flies whether you're having fun or not. A while back (it was seventeen years ago, 1995, the year of the Oklahoma City bombing) I had written, within a few hours of the event, an article called "Bill Clinton's Reichstag Fire" in which I didn't say that Waco Willie was responsible for the destruction of the Murrah Building, only that he would try to use it to advance his political agenda. I was absolutely right, of course.

Is The Spirit of '76 Dead?
by Russell D. Longcore
Americans keep looking for a hero. That's what every Presidential election is about. Americans are bathed in government from the moment of conception until long after death. Government surrounds us like the water in a fish bowl surrounds the goldfish. Government is so much apart of our every living moment that we often scarcely recognize it. But think about the goldfish. After a while of living in this closed ecosystem and shitting in the atmosphere in which it lives, the water becomes toxic. The fish will gradually become sicker and sicker. To save the life of the goldfish, somebody must change the water. Secession changes the water.

What We Can Learn from the Greens
by David M. Schmidt
The architects of the environmental movement have induced a sizable portion of the public to not only support their cause but also to consider themselves part of the movement. This is something that libertarians, despite decades of effort by many intelligent, dedicated, and sincere individuals, have never been able to do. We could profit by examining more closely some techniques that have contributed to the success of the environmental movement.

Flash Editorials December 31, 2011
by Russell D. Longcore
The Nation: The mainstream media all have their panties in wads because Texas Congressman Ron Paul is surging in Iowa polling. Even in polls that are unfriendly, with carefully crafted poll questions, Doctor Paul is at the top of the list of Republicans. The GOP bosses cannot abide this, and will do whatever it takes to derail Paul's candidacy. As I have said previously, if Ron Paul continues defying the power brokers and winning, he had better stay out of airplanes between now and November 2012. The power elite have no compunction about arranging an airplane crash to look like an accident. Ask John F. Kennedy, Jr. or Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone or Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald. Oh, wait. They died in highly suspicious plane crashes.

A Maple-Leaf Rag
by L. Neil Smith
As the Libertarian movement's most widely published and prolific living novelist (there—I finally said it, and I'm glad!) I don't usually respond to what's referred to (too politely, if you ask me) as "literary criticism". In fact, I don't even read the stuff.

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