This week's edition of Mondays with Murray at Lions of Liberty explores what Rothbard thought of war revisionism in light of the 68th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb: "Little Boy." It seems as though Rothbard hated World War II and wouldn't buy any of the classic cost-benefit arguments that were used to defend it. In "Revisionism for Our Time," Rothbard glorifies revisionism as a rehabilitation process for the brainwashed and war-torn, the weary and heavy-laden. And it seems, according to Rothbard, that democracies are worse than monarchies in waging war. He says, "There is only one real difference between the capacity of a democracy and a dictatorship to wage war: democracies invariably engage much more widely in deceptive war propaganda, to whip up and persuade the public. Democracies that wage war need to produce much more propaganda to whip up their citizens, and at the same time to camouflage their policies much more intensely in hypocritical moral cant to fool the voters. The lack of need for this on the part of dictatorships often makes their policies seem superficially to be more warlike, and this is one of the reasons why they have had a "bad press" in this century." It seems that Eric Holder and Barack Obama took a slightly small step in the direction of liberty when they decided to ease incarceration time for nonviolent drug offenders.While it doesn't go far enough in ending the drug war, it is indeed a small step.
AlterNet exposes seven right-wing Christians who can't keep their own rules when it comes to sexual morality. While I don't exactly agree with the overall anti-Christian tone this article takes (and the anti-Christian tone that AlterNet generally takes throughout its articles), it does advise against them determining public policy, which I agree with (though at the same time I don't want leftists determining public policy as well). I would also like to note that one "pro-life" politician pressured his mistress to get an abortion, in clear violation of both pro-life and libertarian principles (though libertarians are, of course, divided on the issue; I take the pro-life side of the issue).
John Grisham, author of such classic thrillers as A Time to Kill. The Pelican Brief, The Testament, The Rainmaker, Runaway Jury and The Firm, deals with the pressing issue of how the US government was dead wrong about Guantanamo Bay as well as no one wanting to admit that.
The Liberty Crier reports that Obama's reputation is down by 44%. A sink in reputation that is clearly deserved for the surveillance state that was being created. According to a poll by Real Clear Politics, 43.9 percent support Obama while 50.9 percent oppose him. Still, we libertarians should not have high hopes, as 43.9-44% is still pretty high.
The Ron Paul Channel has launched its first episode. However, subscribers will be required to pay $9.99 (or $10) to view the channel. I preferred that they make the show free. However, maybe the channel needs the money as of now to be able to post for free in the future.
Alex Salter at The Freeman looks into the issue of the origin of specie. In the first part, he make the case against public money, and in the second part, he makes the case for a privatized, free-market monetary system and for free banking.
Joseph Mercola on the harmful and wicked substances in five popular condiments. These include but are not limited to GMO soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, and more. These conditions do not apply to organic and (truly) natural condiments; however, they do apply to most mainstream condiments, like Heinz's Ketchup and the infamous A1 steak sauce, which should be ditched for organic steak sauce (or maybe no steak sauce at all if the steak is really good by itself). The solution is either to go organic or to make your own food.