End, Don’t Extend, Draft Registration

This past week demonstrated with blinding clarity that 1) Republicans, contrary to their rhetoric, oppose individual liberty, and 2) the establishment news media really couldn’t care less about the presidential candidates’ views. After the last Republican debate, the media continued its obsession with the reality-TV and horse-race sides of the election. News readers, correspondents, and […]

The Cold War on the Gray Zone

But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! — Revelation 3:16 To understand the specific function of the Terror War is to also comprehend its predecessor and analogue: the Cold War. As Murray Rothbard wrote in 1990: “A goal that can never be reached but can […]

New Hampshire: The Triumph of Populism

The results of the New Hampshire primary are in, and the big winner is the new populism: that mysterious pro-“outsider” phenomenon that has the political class in a panic, and which no one has adequately defined – including its current practitioners. Donald Trump’s vote total of nearly 35 percent is impressive enough, but his two-to-one […]

Security Forces Finish Securing Ramadi; 285 Killed in Iraq

At least 285 people were killed in Iraq, not including dozens of militants who died in the final stages of the recapture of Ramadi.

US Policy Adapts to Russian-Backed Syrian Gains

The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought a corresponding shift in the Obama administration’s Syrian policy. Since the Russian military intervention in Syria upended the military balance created by the victories of the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and its allies last year, the Obama administration has quietly retreated from its […]

In the 2016 Campaign, US Foreign Policy Establishment Not Faring Well Either

After months of reality-show media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, the voting process is thankfully starting. As the voters begin to speak, perhaps the coverage will have more actual reality in it. In recent years, it is no secret that media coverage of elections virtually ignores where the candidates stand on major issues, in […]

Opposing the Plutocracy Means Opposing the Warfare State

Bernie Sanders wants to stay on message. So his presidential campaign has focused on economic issues. The American economy is rigged, Sanders says, in the interests of the wealthy and well connected. Banks and Wall Street brokerage houses get what they want at the expense of everyone else. The government should step in on the […]

Troops Recapture Anbar Town; 120 Killed Across Iraq

At least 120 were killed in Iraq. Security forces recaptured a town near Ramadi.

Peace is the Keystone of Liberty

The anti-war movement desperately needs libertarian leadership. And the libertarian movement urgently needs to be strongly anti-war. So in this essay I will offer some chief reasons for every libertarian to be 100% non-interventionist and actively engaged in the cause of peace. Libertarianism embraces the individual’s right to life, liberty, and property. The meaning of […]

When in Rome: ‘Criminal Consequences’ for Assange’s Tormentors?

“How sweet it is” and “screw the UN” seem to be the major media tag lines to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s ruling in favor of political prisoner Julian Assange: The former from Assange himself, welcoming vindication of his claim that more than five years under house arrest and/or confined to Ecuador’s UK […]