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Robert P. Murphy: Plastic bans provide no benefit as OECD countries contribute less than 5% of the plastic waste from land sources and the bans come with unintended consequences such as increased sales of environmentally worse paper and cotton bags, costs are however real with increased spread of diseases and less convenience

Graham Dockery: Greta Thunberg sail across the Atlantic reveals the disregard and contempt the elite have for the miserable masses, common folk can't hire Monegasque royalty for a USA trip on a EUR 4 million yacht, to demand people to give up car and air travel, eat insects and have fewer children is the ultimate in anti-humanitarianism

Patrick Minford: No deal Brexit followed by US-UK trade deal would result in US goods at best world prices, meaning some 20% lower UK prices without EU trade protection, EU-UK tariffs would be paid by EU traders both ways, as EU would need to match new prices on UK market, this leading to EU being more obliging in Brexit negotiations

Charles Day: Article in EU 31 October Brexit extension law in effect means Britain already left EU on June 1, as UK has not ratified Withdrawal Agreement, but EU makes bad law all the time which no one seems to read, UK does not need guiding beneficence of people who can not even do the simplest, yet important, tasks properly

Costas Lapavitsas: New EU appointments still more evidence it is impossible to reform the transnational juggernaut of Brussels, were supposed to reflect results in EU elections, Britain confronted by an EU that is not the confident giant some imagine it to be, as new deadline for Brexit approaches

Caitlin Johnstone: Julian Assange's lawyer says Assange's health situation makes it impossible to conduct a normal conversation with him, has been transferred to hospital wing of Belmarsh prison, met with silence by mainstream media

76 retired generals, admirals and ambassadors urge Trump to de-escalate conflict with Iran to avoid dragging US into a war at immense financial, human and geopolitical cost

Trent England: The Electoral College is a check on government power, a restraint on the majority and requires geographic balance, rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished it

Sky Views: Government is quietly creating digital passport without us noticing, porn block a testing ground, government's Robust age verification introduces inescapable ID checks built into the foundation of browsing, home office also explores age verification technology, public debate silenced by warnings of the "monsters" of the internet

Brendan O’Neill: Anyone who doubts the green movement is morphing into millenarian cult should take a look at Greta Thunberg, the monotone voice, look of apocalyptic dread in her eyes and talk of coming great fire that will punish us, echoes 1600s preachers warning parishioners of the coming hellfire if they fail to give up their witches, Extinction Rebellion a public manifestation of millenarian fear, bourgeois depression and contempt for ordinary people

Barry Brownstein: Today's students on American college campuses advocate the same prohibitions on freedom as is stipulated in communist China’s Constitution, I imagine my 1999 student from Shanghai – seeing that individuals are the source of a nation’s greatness, not government – shouting "Do you have the slightest idea of the hard-won freedoms you are clamoring to surrender?"

Glenn Greenwald: Mueller probe saddest media spectacle I have ever seen, a complete and total fraud, Trump being a Russian asset a complete fairy tale, accusing Russia of election hacking while US interferes in every Democracy they can find transformed US into a laughingstock

David Marsanic: Our society is broken due to a lack of personal responsibility, to emulate the society of our ancestors, before the advent of the state, built on trust between individuals and when oath and one’s honor were taken seriously the way forward

Daniel McCarthy: Libertarians at least as suicidal as left-liberals, the economic crisis they focus on will be preceded by political and cultural ones of greater importance, libertarians seem numb to meaningful details such as the difference between Islam and Christianity while focusing on broader structures, tax cuts and de-regulation not enough since markets depend on civilization and nation

Robert Kajiwara: US military base construction on Okinawa sparks increased independence calls, 70% of Japanese military installations on Okinawa despite representing 0.6% of its landmass, the Henoko base, deemed unnecessary by both US and Japan, threatens world's 2nd most biodiverse coral reef and further denies economic opportunity to natives on prime real estate, less than half of population satisfied with being Japanese prefecture

Vox Day: the US Democratic Party's candidate demography is approaching the final logic of the "Diversity Party", logically the Republican Party should reposition officially as the "White Party", cucks and virtue signallers will be forced to heed this point when being chased by angry socialist mobs

Jonathan Head: Speculations whether Thaksin Shinawatra had a green light from King Vajiralongkorn to nominate Princess Ubolratana and the king then change his mind or if he assumed Princess Ubolratana had her brother's approval and took a reckless gamble, to be on the receiving end of such explicit royal disapproval is normally a devastating blow

Claudio Sopranzetti: Princess Ubolratanas's short-lived candidacy revealed a rift within Bangkok conservative elites, some of whom showed that their hate for the Shinawatras may be stronger than their adulation for the royal family, it also exposed a division within the pro-democracy camp between those who celebrated the nomination of the princess as a brilliant tactical move and those who saw it as a huge mistake, additionally it seem to have affected the relation between General Prayuth and King Vajiralongkorn

George Soros: Europe experiencing revolutionary moment, current EU leadership reminiscent of the politburo when Soviet Union collapsed and risk meeting same fate, difficult to see how pro-European parties can emerge victorious from May election unless they put Europe’s interests first and mobilize the silent majority who support the values of the EU

Vox Day: The death of 4,500 Boomers a day a cause for joy, 66 million left of these tiresome narcissistic morons droning on about themselves for over forty years, Boomer Hate will increase as Millennials wake up to how Boomers screwed them over by abandoning their familial and societal responsibilities

John Garnaut: Xi Jinping has continued and distilled the Marx-Lenin-Stalin-Mao belief system, central to Chinese Communist thought is the perpetual struggle against counter-revolutionary forces, Mao's most dedicated research was in the area of Chinese epics which told of imperial decay, Xi seeks to re-invigorate Chinese communism to break the historical curse of decline of the rulers

Will Burns: Gillette especially poorly positioned to talk about toxic masculinity after marketing male confidence for the last 30 years, if they were serious about their new position they should start by apologising, instead comes off as utterly disingenuous and inauthentic, probably result of echo-chamber mentality in the marketing department

Milo Yiannopoulous: I am seeking asylum in US for fear of living as a gay man in Islamist Britain, public surveys of UK's Muslim community show high levels of intolerance, despite minority status Muslim communities have outsize influence on local social norms and rules, the true state of affairs is not accurately publicized because of intimidation campaign between Left and Muslim activists

Chris Edwards: the economy is held hostage by the Federal Government, this is the real reason Trump's shutdown tactic is devastating, numerous examples of other countries privatizing key public infrastructure successfully, National Parks should be re-organized as non-profits

Robert Lee: In the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement ratified by the UK and EU, UK leaves the EU on WTO terms by default, leaving without a deal is the most likely outcome, ultimately Brexit will be liberating and allow pro-growth competitive policies to be enacted

David Gordon: 24th anniversary of the death of Murray Rothbard, believed throughout his life in the possibility of a completely free market society and was a traditionalist who believed in natural law and the family, Ron Paul the greatest living representation of his social viewpoints

Lionel Shriver: Migrants really flee France for a Britain where ID cards aren't mandatory, benefits are less conditional, applicants get housing and stipends while asylum-cases are processed, failed asylum-seekers often won’t be deported and the black economy is thriving

Andy Duncan: In a Hoppe-World, if a private security company closes down an airport because of a "drone" threat, then discover its own drones provided that threat, it would be tossed out and replaced, instead in the "reward of failure" system on Planet Socialist tax-provided resources will be increased to hopefully plug the gaps of the police’s stupidity

Bionic Mosquito: Althusius' ideas on vertically linked but detachable units based on families could have set different and better course for the West if they had won over Bodin's view on national sovereignty, return to focus on tradition and family with libertarianism as moral foundation necessary for liberty in Europe

Gareth Porter: Senior national security officials have played political game aimed at keeping Trump from wavering on indefinite presence in Syria, Trump blew up their schemes and offered country new course that does not involve permanent war state, president now aware that it is virtually impossible to carry out the foreign policy he wants without advisors who are committed to the same objective

Vox Day: Nassim Nicholas Taleb misunderstands why high IQ is not correlated with real world success, intelligence no more intrinsically advantageous to success or survival than physical size or strength

Caitlin Johnstone: Endless war and military expansionism has become so normalized in establishment thought that even a slight scale-down is treated as something abnormal and shocking

Anne Marie Waters: Globalism is an alliance of the political class with super wealth; it seeks to deny us a voice because it wants to impose its will on to us all

Vox Day: Israel must use their influence on AIPAC and the various Jewish organizations in the US to make them immediately retreat from attempting to ban the BDS movement, it's self-destructive, unconstitutional and will justify anti-Semitism

Brittany Hunter: use of private firefighters via insurance policy in successful defense of Kanye West mansion shows a private property-based approach to defending against disasters can work, incentives are better than public provision of fire defense resources and could be scaled to mass market by entrepreneurs

Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat declares cryptocurrency "the inevitable future of money", used recent UN speech to outline plan for Malta to become a "Blockchain Island"

John Horvat: new phenomenon of "overtourism" in Europe poses similar threat to native life and culture as unrestrained immigration, 670 million foreign visitors to Europe in past year are changing habits in food, infrastructure and real estate, tourists increasingly expect their own needs and preferences to be accommodated on visits rather than enjoying the local flavor

Vox Day: Jordan Peterson's popularity explained by his use of "pre-emptive mirroring" technique which allows his audience to hear validated any preconceived notion they have, use of incoherent and self-contradictory terminology appeals to wide variety of people whose views he disagrees with [video]

Andy Duncan: Hans-Hermann Hoppe's collection of essays explores the failures of public provision of security and theorizes about private alternatives, it presents a compelling case with which minarchist libertarians must contend, also offers unique perspectives from other anarchist writers and theorists that represent singular value

Justin Raimondo: Rothbard traces modern American welfare-warfare state to Progressive period collaboration of Protestants and crony-capitalists advocating state management of society and the economy.

Rorate Caeli: pedophile rings in the American Catholic Church call into question the sainthoods of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, the poor judgment demonstrated by the heinous crimes which occurred on their watch reflect poorly on many other administrative questions of the modern Catholic Church

Martin Cothran: Putin gathers political strength in Russia by instituting Christianity as an official cultural religion, understands that every strong nation requires a unified religion to create social cohesion, ironically Western social bonds are disintegrating as Christianity is replaced with abstract liberal shibboleths

Paul Brian: French writer Houellebecq predicted the modern "incel" phenomenon as the necessary consequence of liberal social and economic thought, sexual value between men and women is also being exchanged on a "free market" but biology dictates that women's value is higher than men's, both sexes suffer but young men most of all because they can not find economic or social footing in these volatile circumstances

Peter Wolodarski: Sweden Democrats polling at record 20% behind ruling Social Democrats will have a hard time forming a governing coalition, they are obsessed with categorizing Jews, Muslims, Sami and other minority groups as non-Swedish and thus are pursuing a repulsive agenda, my own family history of a Jewish mother who had to flee Communist Poland demonstrates one can be a minority and a national at the same time

Arthur Gordian: immigration trends in the USA have brought the nation to a "Machiavellian Moment" wherein it must consider a radical reorientation to avoid existential dissolution, this historical moment may see the emergence of a "Machiavellian Reformer" who is the late-stage political equivalent of an original "Founding Father", examples from history include Camillus, Sulla and Augustus in Rome and Lincoln in the USA

Doug Smythe: Classical liberalism useless as anti-leftist or unifying ideology since its own principles have given rise to what it now wants to fight, leftist identity politics as well as biologistic nationalism presupposes liberal atomization of individuals and eradication of natural bonds

Cathy Ruse: Grassroots movement fighting perverted sexual education in schools in English-speaking countries healthy reaction against current order where tax money is used to recruit children into sexual revolution, significant that education focuses on contraceptive drugs rather than marriage and family

Justin Raimondo: Donald Trump's unease with own foreign policy could be sign that he is being held hostage in White House by warmongerers and deep state, his initial skepticism with regards to allegations against Russia has been counteracted by interventionist advisers

Richard Greenhorn: Patrick Deneen's claim that liberalism has failed inaccurate, avoids defining ideology and does not understand that its nature is theological rather than political, modern conservatives unable to criticize progressive enemy as they are themselves part of it

Annie Holmquist: Important not to underestimate impact of friends on children's character, parents should choose activities wisely and make home place of hospitality, happiness and authority in order to help children become good and upstanding adults

Brianna Heldt: Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally must-read for modern parents raising kids in cultural climate marked by transgender activism and relativistic understanding of sexuality, combines solid scientific evidence with personal anecdotes from transgendered men and women themselves

George Stanciu: Francis Bacon's experimental method of science and rejection of senses as measure of things launched man's Second Fall, lead to progressive hubris that technology and inventions could create paradise on Earth, resulted in communism, nazism and contemporary society plagued by loneliness, depression and malaise

Richard Storey: Alt-right tendency to oppose Christianity betrays lack of basic knowledge about European history, ignores Christian defense of masculine values, free will and natural law, romanticizes pagan religions which were fatalistic, hyperindividualistic and multiculturalist

Dwight Longenecker: Patience with Pope Francis begins to run out after bullying of conservatives, ambiguous comments about homosexuality and gender ideology and flawed environmentalist agenda, there is hope in observation that liberalism tends to empty churches, in continuing hard work at grassroots level as well as in faith that God really is with His Church

Daniel Lattier: Secularism ironically grew out of Christianity, described accurately by Illich's theory, progressive mutation which hubristically wanted to remake entire society and abolish older ritualism became dominant, decreased need for struggle and will power which led to lukewarm religion

José Azel: Whatever one may think of Trump’s unorthodox caustic style it is clear that his Machiavellian Madman Theory has brought Kim Jong-un to negotiating table just like Nixon's strategy with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Viet Cong

Niklas Agevik: EU claims to invest 120 million EUR in free wifi, will force local governments to bear hidden costs for wasteful marketing campaign for EU

Kim Stanley Robinson: Depopulate half the planet to save it, we're mongrel creatures on a mongrel planet and must be flexible to survive – agriculture and pasturage might have their place on the depopulated half to feed the other, but migration of animals should not be hindered by fences or railways

Costin Alamariu: Alt-right not a movement but a construct of senile elite haunted by losing its grip over young people, incorrectly analyzed in terms of ideology, leaders and organizations to cover up the actually ongoing youth revolt

Matthew Reece: Detention of right-wing activists trying to enter UK shows that free speech activism is misguided and should instead be aimed at taking control of both physical and digital spaces as freedom of expression is determined by property rights

Mad Monarchist: Napoleon underestimated genius, should be appreciated for restoring law and order as well as ending horror of French Revolution, even though he was usurper who caused many and far-reaching problems for Old Order in Europe

Shashi Tharoor: Churchill undeserving of saintly status in western mythology, was massmurdering war criminal who supported terrorism and indiscriminate slaughter of Germans in Dresden, fervently argued for several inhumane abuses during time as secretary of state for the colonies

Anarchist Notebook: Libertarians should avoid taking bait from progressives and praise Walmart raising the age limit for buying guns, leftists not concerned with principled debate but only with furthering their agenda according to Alinskyite strategies

Paul Kengor: 26 of 27 deadliest mass shootings in US have been carried out by men raised without their biological fathers, shows that boys need dads which is being counteracted by liberals in pursuit of perfect progressivism

Hubert Collins: Modernity's acceptance of self-destructive behavior creates individuals without goals who turn to alcohol and drugs to endure meaningless existence, necessary change can only take place when self-destruction becomes immoral rather than another lifestyle choice

Daniel Larison: US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley poses as concerned observer regarding war in Yemen while American support to Saudi Arabia has worsened humanitarian crisis, says Iranian missiles fired by Houthi rebels almost hit civilian targets but fails to mention deadly Saudi airstrikes

Dwight Longenecker: True enemy of Catholic church is secular, humanistic and globalist virtue signaling liberalism which is camouflaged and indirect communism, harder to counter than direct communism which John Paul II fought against

Nicole King: Activist Margaret Sanger's gnostic project of liberation has made both women and men slaves to sexual passion, birth control pill has caused desacralization of women's bodies and family instability rather than enabled peace and improved working conditions as promised

Alan Roebuck: Old books and movies important tools for younger generation seeking to escape modernity, were made before perverted and false liberalism took over culture, depict human soul, heroism and gender roles in natural way

John Horvat: Devastating opioid crisis in US caused by spiritual void rather than materialistic needs, modern society alienates people fram natural order and God

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Left-libertarianism leads to expansion of state power due to joining cause of statists in undermining and destroying non-monopolistic authorities and hierarchies, is in retreat while influence of realistic right-libertarianism steadily grows

Brian Jones: Alexis de Tocqueville was right, the contemporary loneliness epidemic caused by democratic systems who break up the aristocratic ties between people through increased geographic mobility and individualism

Cooper Sterling: Martin Luther King associated with communists and took part in orgy with prostitutes as well as had out-of-wedlock child, his warped legacy will percolate due to guilt-ridden, middle-class whites

Annie Holmquist: Increasingly absent fathers can not be replaced by government programs, paternal caretakers more necessary than young men are presently taught, 24% of US fathers do not live with all their children, 47% corresponding number for blacks

Ira Katz: Art is made up of craftsmanship and inspiration, modern artists seem to have abandoned all notion of craftsmanship – Picasso for example was a genius wasted due to his post-Christian intent to deny the subject’s personality for his own

Dwight Longenecker: Churches are emptying not because they are too religious, but because they are not religious enough

Glenn Reynolds: Overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011 has caused slave markets in Libya and limits options on North Korea, Hillary Clinton responsible for strategic and humanitarian debacle

Dennis Avorin: Higher quality of life rather than lower taxes main reason why Swedes move to Malta

Steve Weidenkopf: Description of Luther as valiant monk fighting powerful papacy flawed, was antisemitic rebel who should be remembered for bloodshed and secularization which followed split of once united church

Brian O'Brien: US history shows draft does not counteract intervention but rather leads to deadlier wars, children of warmongering elite will find ways to avoid front line while their peers will be used as cannon fodder

Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna: Swiss health care system satisfies both free marketers and statists, based on mandatory basic insurance with supplementary options, most regulations on cantonal level

Jacoby Sommer: Only way for conservatives to endure force of time and proclivities of fanciful man is to restore essential triumvirate of family, state and self

Richard Storey: Conservative libertarianism returns to medieval roots by distancing itself from hyperindividualism and refocusing on natural law, Christian personalism and history of Catholic Church paving way for diversity of jurisdictions under common moral framework

Austin Frank: Jordan Peterson's ability to turn young atheistic and misguided men into Christians stems from his knowledge of Western canon and logical approach, important achievement since secularism of 20th century has had disastrous consequences

Rod Dreher: Genuine, masculine Christianity only remedy for identity politics and pseudo-religion focused on race which blames difficulties on outsiders and ignores own group's responsibility, necessary paradox that every individual is sacred yet morally degraded

David Hathaway: Cultural erosion and artificial boom fueled by government creates biggest bubble in history, when it bursts economic activities and behaviors with short time horizons will decline, important to fall back on historically proven successful cultural models with peacefulness and family as basic goods

Annie Holmquist: Boredom positive for children, creates spaces for imagination and development, constant entertainment and scheduling can have narcotic effects and stifle growth

Antonius Aquinas: Trump's warmongering shows he does not understand consequences of intervention, in accordance with earlier Western tradition presidents who promote war should be required to directly participate in field operations

James Kalb: Catholic church should restore emphasis on natural law, point out corruption of secular political institutions, stop acting as an ordinary NGO and instead focus on transcendent dimension of Faith

C.A. Shoultz: Caring for nature deeply reactionary rather than progressive, right realizes man is part of Chain of Being while left asserts humans are divorced from nature which should be dominated

Chayenne Polimedio: Brazil's massive corruption probe part in population's democracy support falling 22 percentage points to 32% during 2016, 55% supporting nondemocratic government as long as it solves problems, evangelical movement and conservatism on the rise

Asahi Shimbun: Abe's plan to hold a lower house election dishonors him, is nothing but a way out of his recent string of scandals, will actively stop oppositional work and important reforms while parliamentarians campaign to keep their seats

Annie Holmquist: Lack of risk-taking, freedom and group bonding when children of today play cultivates petulant and incapable adults who prefer to stay at home

Justin Raimondo: Catalonian independence most important libertarian cause right now, Madrid prepares for violent repression with implicit support from Western countries in order to keep using region as cash cow

Stephan Kinsella: Labor theory of value and intellectual property theory result from an incorrect view of contract theory, title to one's body cannot be contractually transferred, labor for money is a conditional and unilateral promise for the future exchange of title ownership to money, not a bilateral contract where one owns their labor and it's products [audio]

Jeffrey Tucker: Equifax hackers demand only 600 bitcoins, worth USD 2.4 million, in order not to release personal data of one in five Americans

Jeffrey Tucker: Central theme and aesthetic of libertarianism is emancipation from both states and norms, present age needs enlightenment rejecting ideas of new generation which is rallying around fashionable memes and carrying ethnostate flags

Glenn Reynolds: Unlikely that Mark Zuckerberg will be president, Silicon Valley has become creepy and controlling enforcer in culture wars, "President Big Brother" a difficult sell

Brendan O'Neill: Left's fear of neo-Nazism McCarthyite moral panic created by media and political class disorientated by public’s turn against them

Steve Sailer: Left's attack on Confederate history class war disguised as race war, powerful elite rewrites history in order to humiliate politically weaker groups