Lyn Ulbricht, the mother of the Ross Ulbricht who is sitting in jail because the government alleges he was the operator of Silk Road, emails:
I thought you’d be interested to know that the government has asked the judge to limit the defense by not allowing any of Ross’ political or philosophical beliefs to be introduced to the jury as they might influence the jury in his favor. The prosecution
Recent events surrounding Ferguson, Missouri and the choking death of Eric Garner have brought police misconduct to the forefront. Libertarians rightfully point out that police (unlike private actors) are largely immune from criminal prosecution, civil liability, or even losing their jobs. And because police forces obviously are not subject to market discipline, the incentives are all wrong: the worse crime gets, the more their budgets grow.
But the mainstream media fail to understand that police are merely the visible business end of the state: it’s the state itself that’s out of control, and abusive police are but one symptom of this larger problem.
Since neither Left nor Right have a serious answer to police malfeasance, we asked the inimitable Bob Murphy to join us and make sense of how private defense agencies might work in an anarcho-capitalist society.
What do Rothbard and Hoppe have to say about this? How would an insurance model compare to the state’s growth model? And how do we overcome common objections by those who insist that government must have a monopoly over the use of force?
A: Oil prices are collapsing. Consumers are pouring less of their money into their gas tanks. That should be good for the economy and stocks, right?
Not exactly. The stock market is struggling this month as the decline in oil prices intensifies. There are several reasons for this. First is the direct hit. Lower gasoline prices result in lower prices of shares of energy stocks, which are a big contributor to the markets. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is the fourth most valuable company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 so when its shares tumble,
Thomas Jefferson became one of my heroes when I was 13 years old. So you’d think I’d enjoy hearing people say good things about him, but very often, I don’t. My reason is simple: the people who praise Jefferson seldom really understand him, and if they did, it’s questionable that they’d like him. (Others try to get rid of him by trashing his reputation.)
What are we to make of the Senate committee report on the CIA's use of torture? Scott Horton gives you the only briefing you'll need -- complete with the information the report left out. Scroll down for the show notes and the mp3!
The Senate committee report on the CIA’s use of torture has generated intense discussion. I can think of no one better to explain the significance of it all than Scott Horton, a regular guest on the Tom Woods Show.
The abolition of slavery was one of the greatest achievements of Western civilization; one might also call it the crowning glory of the tradition of thought known as classical liberalism. But how did it happen? Historian Jim Powell explains. Scroll down for the show notes and mp3!
When we consider the significance of the abolition of slavery, a ubiquitous and seemingly entrenched institution, it’s surprising how little many of us know about how it actually happened. Jim Powell shares the story with us!
We are told that what makes our system great is that we make political decisions through rational discussion, not the arbitrary fiat of the kings of yore. But in fact, the last thing the state wants is calm deliberation. It thrives on fear. Government power tends to expand no matter what, to be sure, but it expands much more rapidly under what are perceived as emergency conditions. Give us more power, citizen! There’s no time to lose!
My father wasn’t a king, he was a taxi driver, but I am a prince – Prince Renato II, of the country Pontinha, an island fort on Funchal harbour. It’s in Madeira, Portugal, where I grew up. It was discovered in 1419; Captain James Cook has been here, and there are paintings of his visit.
In 1903, the Portuguese government didn’t have enough money to build a harbour port, so the king sold the land to a wealthy British family, the Blandys, who make Madeira wine. Fourteen years ago the family
As I’ve said before, if there is one thing the Obama Administration can be counted on to do in a crisis, it is to play politics with it. Not solve it, not address it, but use it to further an agenda. The Obama Administration continues to play politics with the Ferguson Affair. If only Ferguson was actually called “Francois” , then it could be called “The Francois Affair” and have a lot more panache. It’d almost sound like a spy movie. But Ferguson is much worse than a mere political volleyball, however. The law has just been demonstrated to be a money-making venture for the government and not
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