US Threatens Sanctions, Russia Threatens US Dollar Abandonment
Wild and Free -
Darian Worden examines Thoreau’s libertarian philosophy and the connections he made between nature and freedom.
What Causes Violence? by Aletha Solter, Ph.D. -
What Causes Violence? An article by Aletha Solter, Ph.D., director of the Aware Parenting Institute and author of five books.
Permanent mass unemployment destroys the moral foundations of the social order. The young people, who, having finished their training for work, are forced to remain idle, are the ferment out of which the most radical political movements are formed. In their ranks the soldiers of the coming revolutions are recruited. — Ludwig von Mises, Socialism (via conza)
In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Every government explains its existence, and justifies its deeds of violence, by the argument that if it did not exist the condition of things would be very much worse. After assuring the people of its danger the government subordinates it to control, and when in this condition compels it to attack some other nation. And thus the assurance of the government is corroborated in the eyes of the people, as to the danger of attack from other nations. — Leo Tolstoy
Let’s stop spending money we don’t have, to kill people we don’t know, for reasons we don’t understand. — Penn Jillette
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers' -
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target’s credibility, reputation and authority.
Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity. — Immanuel Kant