Is Elizabeth Warren Libertarian?
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Jan 25, 2015 - 6:33am
Is Elizabeth Warren Libertarian?

Is Elizabeth Warren’s message libertarian or old-fashioned progressive?Senator Warren tells us in her main message that the American alliance between business and politics is rigged. She points out to the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington as an example of that cynical relationship.She is right, of course, and I appreciate her for trying to change this relationship. Her message is spot on -- a revolving door between private enterprise and government creates a concentration of power. This is a libertarian argument, since libertarians argue for smaller, less powerful government, a government whose power to impact commerce is reduced. Warren's prescription? More government oversight, more regulation, more federal management of the economy. This is an old-fashioned liberal prescription that does more harm than good.The pr…

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In honour of two great countries and their ideals

I had a dream last night, and while I don't remember it, it gave me an idea of how both America and Australia see the world - and themselves.For me the poem "New Colossus", as exists on the base of the Statue of Liberty, strikes me as being the poem that best reflects the United States: …

Jan 25, 2015 - 2:04pm
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Is Jonathan Gruber Right? Are Americans Stupid?

Are Americans stupid? In case you missed the news, this topic has been quite the buzz, lately. According to economist and Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that was critical for the passing of Obamacare.Initially, Gruber’s views were…

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:10am
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Put Terrorism in Larger Context

The following article is reposted from http://rethinkingsurvival.com. Just a point of view for those open to positive change. Not a political riff. Not an invitation to quibble over details or spin off on personal vendettas. A challenge, rather, to think and then rethink, carefully and thoughtfully,…

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:19am
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Collective Soul:  Soil, Seeds and Earth Democracy.

Collective Soul:  Soil, Seeds and Earth Democracy. “Like breath so is the seed.  Given.  It is an inseparable part of our self and our environment.  The seed holds a very great secret – it never gets old.  It is the eternal YES to life.  The power of a …

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:24pm
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Dear Republicans and fellow conservatives,

Let me first admit that I’m not a Republican, but I do tend to lean to the right on fiscal and foreign policy matters. Because of that I have a lot of right-leaning friends, and I do listen to conservative radio, and even watch some FoxNews. One of the themes I always hear from the talking-hea…

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:45pm
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Putin on world affairs - try to watch OBJECTIVELY.…

Now I'm getting onto slippery terrain. Putin bashing has become fashionable, just like calling every event doing damage to the "West" a "terrorist act", of course we have only enemies in the world, one should assume, but when that's the case, why that ?An enemy is not an enemy because he likes to be…

Jan 24, 2015 - 1:28pm
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Is college worth the cost?

I grew up in a time when practically everyone who was smart enough to go to college did, but these days money has become much more of a determining factor than brains, so I'm wondering if future employers will care as much about a degree as many do now.These days you can get into college…

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:22pm
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Obama Throws Down the Gauntlet

Cory Gardner, a newly-elected Republican senator from Colorado, said to the Guardian, “It was like he had two different speechwriters. In the first part of his speech, the president put forward policies that he knows we won’t support. In the second part of the speech, he talked about the…

Jan 21, 2015 - 4:31pm
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American Sniper: Symptomatic of a Much Deeper Prob…

Did you see the movie American Sniper? Were you thrilled at how this “most prolific sniper in the military’s history” was portrayed by Clint Eastwood and presented as an American hero? Many of the reviews call this movie amazing, it’s been a smashing success, breaking box off…

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:17pm
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Whose 'Gay Agenda' Is It?...or...The Constitution…

And another attempt to legislate discrimination falls in Alabama.At some point, the more homophobic core and politicians of the American neo-theological corporate Right will finally recognize that their personal views notwithstanding, American law and the American Constitution does not a…

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:51am
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Better Way to Pay for Higher Education

http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/16/cartoon-free-community-college-going-work/Mayor Rob Emmanuel has been running on free junior college JC for months now. I understand that he was an advocate while working for the President. I know that may of you have taken courses at your local junior colleges and …

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:47am
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Freedom of Expression and Respect

Hello everyone,My first article on the forum was a resounding success. I thank you for your comments and thoughts, even the ones from the few who tried to push the envelope and make me leave. I love challenges and nothing beats a great conversation.With that said, there is so…

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:47pm
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Socialist America and Being Lost

François and Others, The purpose of the United States government is not “…to provide a net” for us. The purpose of the government is to establish and maintain national borders, defend its citizens from military and economic threat, provide an atmosphere w…

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:29am
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What is the real threat?

Reading a recent article on CBC about PM Stephen Harper announcing planned new legislation (and presumably new funding) to combat terrorism in Canada, I wondered why it was that substantial new monies could not be found to do something about domestic criminals...who are orders of magnitude more like…

Jan 25, 2015 - 10:35pm
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Is There One Thing We All Can Do?

I will write this in the thirty minutes I have left of library time.I read all of your posts and I have been greatly lifted by all of you. I don't agree with all of you, but you all make me think and some of you even make me apologize.If there's one thing we all can do, it's …

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:23pm
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Freedom is Like a Crown: Memoir of an Iraq War Vet…

     It has been nearly ten years since I deployed to Iraq. Ten years. I can hardly believe it has been that long when I reflect back on it now. Many of the things I experienced there are as vivid in my mind today as they were when they first happened. For the last ten years I tried t…

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:11pm
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Are Americans getting dumber?

Over the course of history, inventions have come to make the lives of people easier. These inventions came out of studying and relenting over operational procedures and processes that surrounded their daily lives. However as time passed, those inventions have yielded too much success. As we rely on …

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:49am
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The FCC threatens the internet

This topic often gets beaten to death by people who have a boogeyman they invented, for the pretext of demanding the government "force" ISP's to behave as they wish.   But net neutrality is the least of your worries.   The real problem is the means by which the FCC grants …

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:54am
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Vigils don't kill terrorists

I’ll be the first to admit that the behavior of the French people and the European leadership, following the massacre and attack on free press, should be commended.  It would have been nice if the United State had participated in the march and joined the European outrage over Islamic extr…

Jan 21, 2015 - 12:37pm
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Tolerance
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Tolerance

I have decided to write my first article in this blog about tolerance, this decision comes because I have noticed an incorrect perception of what tolerance is; many people don’t know the real meaning of tolerance and, as a consequence, if you think someone is wrong, you are called intolerant.L…

Jan 22, 2015 - 12:56pm
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All law is ultimately enforced by threat of death

A lot of people get upset when you say this:All law is ultimately enforced by threat of deathYet, I can find no significant exceptions to that statement.   Ultimately, your compliance with all law is enforced by pointing a gun at you and killing you, if you resist. …

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:26pm
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What You Can't See You Can't Fight

From my perspective, Michael Payne's “Terrorism: Where Lies the Greatest Blame?” is rationally argued and logical. That's another way of saying it's both shallow and misleading. It misses the deeper point. Therein lies the stuff of great suffering and tragedy.What follows is not a …

Jan 17, 2015 - 6:54pm
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