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What Does (American) Independence Look Like Today?

There is no single panacea to restoring our foundational principles, but the solution begins with the freedom movement first recognizing the gravity of the problem.  Recognizing that we must pursue multiple avenues – whether it means using constitutional avenues to limit the power of the executive and judicial branches, exploring a new party that would invariably replace the failed Republican Party, begin working on Article V conventions, and changing the speed and intensity of our tactics in engaging the culture, politics, and corporate world the same way the Left does, albeit in a lawful manner.  It’s time to start winning again and the only way to win is to go on offense. 

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There is no single panacea to restoring our foundational principles, but the solution begins with the freedom movement first recognizing the gravity of the problem.  Recognizing that we must pursue multiple avenues – whether it means using constitutional avenues to limit the power of the executive and judicial branches, exploring a new party that would invariably replace the failed Republican Party, begin working on Article V conventions, and changing the speed and intensity of our tactics in engaging the culture, politics, and corporate world the same way the Left does, albeit in a lawful manner.  It’s time to start winning again and the only way to win is to go on offense.  - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/Commentary/2015/07/What-Does-Independence-Look-Like-Today#sthash.ozcM28oi.dpuf
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The EU bears some responsibility for Greece’s liquidity crisis

Contrary to popular belief the Greeks were not living beyond their means. At the beginning of the crisis, household borrowing as a percentage of disposable income was among the lowest in Europe, as was corporate borrowing as a proportion of GDP. The banks got in trouble not for over-lending to the private sector as in Ireland and Spain but because of their holdings of Greek sovereign bonds which were dropping in value when the markets discovered that despite the single currency not all countries in the eurozone were equal risks.

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Greece and the New Colonial Endgame

In essence, the core banks of the EU colonized the peripheral nations via the financializing euro, which enabled a massive expansion of debt and consumption in the periphery. The banks and exporters of the core extracted enormous profits from this expansion of debt and consumption.

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The Next Iranian Revolution

With an end to sanctions in sight, one of the world’s richest oil and gas prizes is about to open up. That makes some nervous, but has oil majors and energy-hungry countries rubbing their hands in anticipation.

The Next Iranian Revolution

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Leading From Everywhere: The History of Centralized Islamic Religious Authority

The rapid rise of Daesh (also known as the Islamic State or ISIS) has triggered a debate about how “Islamic” the group actually is and whether an Islamic religious authority can counter its extreme ideology. The consensus among Muslim religious scholars is that although ISIS draws on some Sunni Islamic references, its interpretations and applications of those references lie far outside an acceptable range.

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Beyond the Greek Impasse

A Greek withdrawal from the eurozone would make sense. It would create havoc in Greece for a while, but it would allow the Greeks to negotiate with Europe on equal terms. They would pay Europe back in drachmas priced at what the Greek Central Bank determines, and they could unilaterally determine the payments. The financial markets would be closed to them, but the Greeks would have the power to enact currency controls as well as trade regulations, turning their attention from selling to Europe, for example, to buying from and selling to Russia or the Middle East. This is not a promising future, but neither is the one Greece is heading toward now.

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Beyond Propaganda: How authoritarian regimes are learning to engineer human souls in the age of Facebook.

Pity the poor propagandist! Back in the 20th century, it was a lot easier to control an authoritarian country’s hearts and minds. All domestic media could be directed out of a government office. Foreign media could be jammed. Borders were sealed, and your population couldn’t witness the successes of a rival system. You had a clear narrative with at least a theoretically enticing vision of social justice or national superiority, one strong enough to fend off the seductions of liberal democracy and capitalism. Anyone who disagreed could be isolated, silenced, and suppressed. Those were the halcyon days of what the Chinese call “thought work” — and Soviets called the “engineering of human souls.” And until recently, it seemed as if they were gone forever.
Beyond Propaganda

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Will Humans Go the Way of Horses? Labor in the Second Machine Age

In the future, it’s not unreasonable to expect people to vote for policies that will help them avoid the economic fate of the horse. For example, legislatures might pass restrictions on certain types of job-destroying technologies. Although there appear to be few such explicit limits to date, already there are nascent efforts to draft legislation related to autonomous cars and other technologies with relatively direct implications for labor. And in every democracy, there are candidates for office who espouse a desire to help workers. There is no reason they will not continue to act on those impulses.

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Start-up Costs: ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ and How Microserfdom Ate the World

The notion that cutting the corporate cord to work for a start-up often just means busting out of a cubicle in order to shackle oneself to a laptop in a slightly funkier room goes unexamined; the possibility that work within a capitalist system, no matter how creative and freeform and unlike what your parents did, might be fundamentally incompatible with self-actualization and spiritual fulfillment is not on the table.

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The Undiplomatic Diplomat

Russia hawks in Washington love Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s point person for the Ukraine crisis. Many Europeans can't stand her.

The Undiplomatic Diplomat

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The War On Cash

Cash money offers a certain privacy and freedom of movement and choice. The underground economy operates on cash and barter. This puts it out of reach of bureaucrats and non-producing government parasites who want to live off of your labor. That draws the ire of the state. It can’t abide those who attempt to operate outside the system.

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What Greece Means: It’s Past Time for a Pivot to Europe

Many Americans developed a view in the first decade of this century that Europe was no longer a priority for our diplomacy. We were very wrong.

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Will Putin Lead Russia to Glory or Disaster?

Instead of strengthening Russia, Putin's decisions may be similar to the avoidable ones made by Nicholas II, Stalin and Gorbachev that resulted in harming Russia.

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Pope Francis Goes Off the Rails: A quasi-religious movement now has a genuinely religious leader

The Pope's encyclical on the environment is being hailed for its embrace of science, although it is about as scientific as the Catholic hymnal.

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Breaking Beijing? The Government's Harsh Crackdown Could Crack the Regime

After the violent repression of the Tiananmen protests in 1989, an implicit social contract emerged in which citizens acquiesced to the regime’s political control in exchange for economic prosperity. But with economic growth decelerating, the party’s ability to maintain legitimacy, based on economic performance, is coming under increased scrutiny. This economic uncertainty, coupled with declining regime legitimacy from the intensified crackdown, is pushing the populace closer to breaking point, more so than in any other period after 1989.

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NATO Publics Blame Russia for Ukrainian Crisis, but Reluctant to Provide Military Aid - in Russia, Anti-Western Views and Support for Putin Surge

Publics of key member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) blame Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Many also see Russia as a military threat to other neighboring states. But few support sending arms to Ukraine. Moreover, at least half of Germans, French and Italians say their country should not use military force to defend a NATO ally if attacked by Russia.

NATO Publics More Supportive of Economic than Military Aid for Ukraine

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What Should We Do if the Islamic State Wins? Live with it.

What Should We Do if the Islamic State Wins?

It’s time to ponder a troubling possibility: What should we do if the Islamic State wins? By “wins,” I don’t mean it spreads like wildfire throughout the Muslim world, eventually establishing a caliphate from Baghdad to Rabat and beyond. That’s what its leaders say they are going to do, but revolutionary ambitions are not reality and that possibility is particularly far-fetched. Rather, an Islamic State victory would mean that the group retained power in the areas it now controls and successfully defied outside efforts to “degrade and destroy” it.

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Disinformation: How it works

The mainstream media, once tasked with the job of investigating government corruption and keeping elitists in line, has now become nothing more than a public relations firm for corrupt officials and their globalist handlers.

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Why Democracies Dominate: America’s Edge over China

The notion that states with representative forms of government can accumulate power more effectively than unrepresentative regimes is an enduring one.

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Obama’s Evolution on Iran Confounds His Critics As Mullahs Scent Success

It must be admitted that the Iranians have played their hand brilliantly; they have outmanoeuvred and discredited the traditional Great Powers, and reduced them, in Nixonese, to “pitiful helpless giants.” They have struck a mighty and bloodless blow for militant Islam and their clear passage into a glide path to being a nuclear power, even if the Iranian leaders elect to take the full decade to get there, will alter the correlation of forces in the world and show that, after the Iraq and Afghanistan war fiascos co-authored by George W. Bush and Barack Obama, there are no remaining Great Powers in the world and even the strongest countries have no stomach for anything more than self-defense, if that.

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