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Day: October 5, 2020

Incrementalism Versus the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle
The Future of Freedom Foundation

Incrementalism Versus the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle

by Jacob G. Hornberger The modern-day libertarian movement is besieged by statist proposals to reform the welfare-warfare state way of life in which Americans live. Included among such reform proposals are things like Social Security “privatization,” school vouchers, health-savings accounts, immigration “reform,” and many more. As I have indicated in previous articles, reform-oriented libertarians have long maintained that these reform proposals are “freedom and free enterprise.” Of course, that’s simply not true. Libertarianism — or genuine liberty — necessarily requires the elimination of infringements on liberty, not their reform. Reform leaves the infringements intact, albeit in some modified or reformed fashion. By and large, the reform idea began being introduced ...
How America’s Unsound Money Is Destroying Freedom Worldwide
Mises Insitute

How America’s Unsound Money Is Destroying Freedom Worldwide

by Brendan Brown & Philippe Simonnot [Editor's note: This is a special preview—for Mises Wire readers—of Europe's Century of Crises under Dollar Hegemony: A Dialogue on the Global Tyranny of Unsound Money, a dialogue book by Brendan Brown and Philippe Simonnot to be published October 8 by Palgrave Macmillan.] Philippe Simonnot: If one believes the historian Suetonius, the Roman Emperor Caligula “threw to the people a considerable sum of money over several days from the top of the Basilica Julia.” Economists can see here a forerunner of Milton Friedman’s proposal for banknotes dropped by helicopter to stimulate economic recovery. Caligula was a tyrant but at least he threw coins which jingled and made a thud when they landed. The remedy as imagi...
Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Governor’s Coronavirus Mandates
Ron Paul Institute

Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Governor’s Coronavirus Mandates

by Adam Dick Some of the harshest coronavirus mandates in America have been imposed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. On Friday, the state Supreme Court ruled against the continuation of those unilateral mandates, saying under state law they should have expired months ago. Dave Boucher and Todd Spangler write at the Detroit Free Press: In the 4-3 ruling, the court determined the governor did not have the authority under state law to issue any additional emergency declarations pertaining to the pandemic after April 30. That was the last date when the Legislature allowed the governor to declare an emergency, having declined to extend an earlier declaration. "The governor’s declaration of a state of emergency or state of disaster may only endure for 28 days absent legislat...
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive for COVID-19
DC Patriot

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive for COVID-19

by the DC Patriot White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany became the latest administration official to test positive for COVID-19, according to a statement she posted to Twitter Monday morning. “After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said.  The White House spokeswoman added that there have not been any members of the press listed as having been in close contact by the White House Medical Unit, meaning there are no press pool reporters or other personnel at risk of the catching virus at this time. McEnany also said that she is symptom-free and will continue working remotely as she quarantines. “With my positive test, I will begin the quarantin...
The Beauty of Life Is Being Systematically Destroyed by the Covid Hoax
Gary D. Barnett

The Beauty of Life Is Being Systematically Destroyed by the Covid Hoax

by Gary D. Barnett “Witnessing the panoply of beauty in all of nature takes us out of our shell of self-absorption and makes us realize that we are merely bit players in the game of life. Witnessing the majesty of beauty confirms that the real show lies outside us to observe and appreciate and not inside us to transfix us. True beauty charms us into seeing the grandeur of goodness that surrounds us and by doing so, the pristine splendor of nature releases us from wallowing in the poverty of our self-idealization. The bewitching spell cast by the exquisiteness of nature levitates our souls and transforms our psyche. When we see, hear, taste, smell, or touch what is beautiful, we cannot suppress the urge to replicate its baffling texture by singing, dancing, painting, or writing. Opening...
Federal Courts Fail Again in Washington Gun Case
Tenth Amendment Center

Federal Courts Fail Again in Washington Gun Case

by Mike Maharrey Conservatives and libertarians often turn to the federal courts to “protect their rights” through an application of the Bill of Rights to the states. This is a bad strategy. Most of the time it fails, and we end up with bad precedents that apply to the entire United States. Case in point: a federal judge recently upheld strict Washington State gun control laws. Voters passed the new regulations on firearms in 2020. Initiative 1639 raised the legal age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21 and instituted enhanced background checks. It also prohibited the sale of these rifles to non-residents. The ballot initiative passed by nearly 60 percent. Opponents of the new law decided to make a federal case out of it and sued in federal court, arguing the restrict...
Fauci: ‘Hunker Down Again!’ Top Scientists: ‘No Way!’
Ron Paul Institute

Fauci: ‘Hunker Down Again!’ Top Scientists: ‘No Way!’

by Daniel McAdams As Fauci warns Americans that they need to 'hunker down' again to avoid viruses, a group of top scientists and epidemiologists have released a detailed plan to get over the covid crisis while actually preserving lives. Also today: the economic costs of the shutdown continue to devastate and...victory in Michigan against a tyrant? Watch today's Liberty Report: https://youtu.be/8tei05u6Shk Posted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute.
BREAKING: President Trump to be Discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center, Says ‘Don’t be Afraid of COVID’
DC Patriot

BREAKING: President Trump to be Discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center, Says ‘Don’t be Afraid of COVID’

by the DC Patriot Some fantastic news coming out of Washington on your Monday afternoon as President Trump is going to be released and discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center. The President has a message as well. “Don’t be afraid of COVID!” the President tweeted. The President announced that he will be leaving the “great Walter Reed Medical Center” today at 6:30 pm. I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1313186529058136070?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1313186529...