“Progressive” warmongers

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

04/08/09

As President Barack Obama launches a military effort that promises to dwarf the Bush administration’s Iraqi adventure in scope and intensity, the ‘progressive’ community is rallying around their commander in chief as obediently and reflexively as the neocon-dominated GOP did when we invaded Iraq. As John Stauber points out over at the Center for Media and Democracy Web site, the takeover of the antiwar movement by the Obamaites is nearly complete. He cites MoveOn.org as a prime but not sole example …. this cheerleading for Obama’s war is a bit of a turnaround for [Center for American Progress] and the Washington ‘progressive’ community. Their Stalinesque about-face — which recalls the disciplined hypocrisy of Communist cadre who were just as fervently antiwar in the moments before Hitler invaded Russia as they were pro-war every moment since — requires some explanation...

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The myth of good intentions

Downsize DC
by James Leroy Wilson

04/07/09

A bill with a nice-sounding title, such as the ‘Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA),’ passes Congress. Later, when its defects come to light, even the law’s victims assume that the bill had ‘good intentions,’ but was ‘poorly written.’ I saw this sentiment expressed often while reading blogs about the CPSIA. But I think these assumptions about ‘good intentions’ are a little naive. After all, if Congress really had ‘good intentions’ they would have taken the time and care to write a better bill that wouldn’t have deprived poor children of second-hand winter coats...

//www.downsizedc.org/blog/the-myth-of-good-intentions



Talking peace in Prague, dropping bombs in Pakistan

CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd

04/07/09

While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily...

//counterpunch.org/floyd04072009.html



Beyond folk activism

Cato Unbound
by Patri Friedman

04/06/09

I deeply yearn to live in an actual free society, not just to imagine a theoretical future utopia or achieve small incremental gains in freedom. For many years, I enthusiastically advocated for liberty under the vague assumption that advocacy would help our cause. However, I recently began trying to create free societies as my full-time job, and this has given me a dramatic perspective shift from my days of armchair philosophizing. My new perspective is that the advocacy approach which many libertarian individuals, groups, and think tanks follow (including me sometimes, sadly) is an utter waste of time...

//tinyurl.com/czdrgj



WE MUST AMEND THE CONSTITUTION IMMEDIATELY OR AMERICA IS DOOMED … DOOMED, I TELL YOU, DOOMED!

Last Free Voice
by Rhys M. Blavier

04/06/09

The Constitution is a relatively simply document. Its length is only 4543 words, which isn’t all that much longer than this article. One key thing that is important about the Constitution is not what it says, but what it does NOT say. The Constitution does NOT say anything about social rules or the moral conduct of ‘we the people’ of The United States. The Constitution is an owner’s manual of how to operate our government. It does not tell its citizens how to live their lives. In fact, with the exception of our disastrous foray into social policy with the 18th Amendment, which gave us both prohibition AND well financed organized crime, there is nothing in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or any subsequent amendment which deals with dictating social or moral behaviors or beliefs to the American people...

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