The Libertairian Angle: Civil Liberties and the National Security State.
The War State
This week something historic happened.
Thomas Duncan, Assistant Professor of Economics at Radford University, discusses his paper “The Revolving Door and the Entrenchment of the Permanent War Economy,” explaining the Pentagon’s unaccountable and extravagant spending on the Scott Horton show.
"The War State, seems to me to be a unique and worthy volume....What it really is about is the construction of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) after World War II."
For once someone spoke for the people. The TV talking heads won't do it for us. So for one moment someone was able to get in there and ask a tough question for us. And for that if there is a hero of the week medal this kid deserves it.
Former Colin Powell chief of staff Colonel Lawrence Wilkinson tries to answer who makes US foreign policy and explains the origins of the Ukraine Crisis. He says "I was there" and it "sometimes drives me to drink."
"After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans."
They discussed libertarian political philosophy, Hornberger's college speaking tour in the north east, and the origins of the American warfare state.
This is a fantastic interview of Gareth Porter.
If you want to sum up Higgs's work it is an exploration of how government uses crisis to expand its power.
Sen. Bob Graham, a former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the President should declassify the Senate report on CIA torture and the still secret 28 pages of the Congressional report on who financed the 9/11 attacks.
From RealNews: Elizabeth Goitein: President Obama is protecting senior CIA officials and himself.
Former NSA analyst and whistleblower Kirk Wiebe says potential whistleblowers will be silenced with new mass surveillance system.
"Is the National Security Agency Out of Control?" by Jameel Jaffer was a speech sponsored by The Future of Freedom Foundation February 15, 2014.
In this talk Kinzer talked about his recent best-selling book about the lives of CIA Director Allen Dulles and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles - who played giant roles in the history of the United States in the 1950's and the rise of the nation as a superpower.
The "free" wars in the Middle East cost trillions of dollars. Greenspan and Bush though made it seem to be "free" by printing money out of thing air to finance giant deficits to fund the wars.
You may wonder why the NSA would consider the Pope representing a "threat to financial system" and be interested in his "foreign policy objectives."
My new book has been getting nice sales over the past week and generated great reviews. It's really gratifying to put something out there to the world like this and know that people are getting a lot out of it.
I have a new book out titled The War State. It's about American foreign policy and the motivations of the elites who are really in charge. It's about the rise of the military-industrial complex and what one man called the power elite after World War II that President Eisenhower warned the country about in his farewell address.
Today the NSA whistleblower who was the originator of stories across the world press detailing how the US government records all phone and internet activities of its citizens revealed himself.
They argue that the recovery won't come if the United States government cuts federal spending too much. They see opportunities for innovation in the internet, new energy, 3-d printing, and robots, but don't think any of them will happen without government spending to fuel them.
"Think of the resources – billions of dollars and massive human effort – wasted on abridging the free speech rights of America’s political dissidents. This is what happens when the government is given the power and a blank check to perform seemingly legitimate functions like protecting us from terrorists."
Unless the budget deficit is closed a debt crisis will hit the country - and military spending will have to be cut to do this. If this doesn't happen the result will be a rise in interest rates and inflation that will lower the living standards of the average American. This is the cost of empire and the wars we have gotten to watch on television over the past ten years.
After Senator Paul Rand's filibuster yesterday the Obama administration released their policy for the use of drone attacks on American citizens inside of the United States.
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