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September 2015

Politics

Libertarians Should Support Jeb Hensarling For Speaker

As a proud libertarian working in Congress, it is easy to adopt a nihilistic tone. While it is great see members like Justin Amash and Thomas Massie communicate the message of liberty on the House floor – the direction of the GOP caucus is often not that discernable from the Democrats across the aisle.  So while it is worth celebrating the resignation of Speaker John Boehner, it means nothing if he is replaced with more of the same. Luckily, there stands one possible candidate that can shake things up in Washington – Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas. In January 2012, Congressman Jeb Hensarling took over the gavel of the Financial Services Committee from Spencer Bachus of Alabama. Even as a staffer who closely followed FSC hearings, I did not know what to expect from the new Texan chairman. His rhetoric during committee hearings was almost always strong and pointed, but talk is worth less than a Venezuelan bolivar within the beltway. Plus, he was leaving a leadership position as… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

The Story Of Ahmed’s Clock: A Politically Opportune Tale Of Racism In America

14 year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrived at his high school in Irving, Texas hoping for praise from his teacher after he created a digital clock out of a pencil-case. However, the strange-looking, beeping device with wires caused alarm among MacArthur High School administrators, who reacted by calling the police. Irving Police officers subsequently placed Mohamed under arrest for suspicion of creating a fake bomb. The arrest, and subsequent outrage among many on the left, prompted an invitation to the White House by President Obama and to Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, an internship at Twitter, and thousands of messages of support on social media. The Daily Beast responded by calling Mohamed “the Muslim hero America’s been waiting for.” Instead of assuming (correctly, in my view) the arrest was merely an issue of the Irving Police Department and public school district overreacting, the far left immediately sought to paint the arrest as an act of racism that can only occur in an intolerant state like Texas (despite the fact the clock Mohamed brought to school bears a striking resemblance to an… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

The Indefinite Detention Of Kim Davis: Liberty Litmus Test

If you have engaged in social media discussions over the weekend with politically active friends, you have almost undoubtedly come across the situation with Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses. Chances are, especially if you are libertarian or have many libertarian friends, you have seen many people passionately defending both sides of the issue. You have heard arguments about abuse of government power and adherence to the constitution coming from both sides, and it may be difficult to determine what is the libertarian view on this. Though I certainly do not consider myself to be an authority on libertarianism, I have been in the liberty movement for several years and have spent a lot of time thinking over both the movements principles as well as this particular case. After examining this case, it is absolutely clear that the liberty movement must come to the defense of Kim Davis by protesting for the end to her indefinite detention without a jury trial. The… Keep Reading

World

Russia’s “Military-Build-Up” In Syria: The Beginning Of Another Proxy War With NATO

Obama administration officials expressed fears Friday that Russia may be planning to significantly increase its military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The New York Times reported the Russian moves, which include “the recent transport of prefabricated housing units for hundreds of people to a Syrian airfield and the delivery of a portable air traffic control station there,” have caused great concern for Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials. “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-Isil coalition operating in Syria,” the State Department said in a statement (bold added by me for emphasis). The airfield in question serves Latakia, Syria’s main port city on the Mediterranean Sea and the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The coastal regions of Syria are also home to the Alawites, a religious group which follows a branch of Shia Islam that radical Muslim groups like ISIS consider heresy; Assad is an… Keep Reading

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