Sheldon Richman discusses the merits (or lack thereof) of gun control laws in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting; how concealed-carry permits contribute to public safety; and the cognitive dissonance required to support the War on Guns while opposing the War on Drugs (or vice versa for conservatives).
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “On Israel’s ‘Right to Exist;’” the libertarian perspective on the rights of individuals and states; how Israel’s “right” is used as rhetorical misdirection, changing the subject away from the plight of Palestinians; defining Israel as “the state of the Jewish people” irrespective of location (since all Jews have the right of return); why the “end of Israel,” as defined, does not mean Jews will be pushed into the sea, but that all the people will have equal rights under the law; and why the goal of hardcore Zionists is ethnic cleansing, not apartheid.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Is Serfdom an Executive Order Away?” at Reason.com; Obama’s National Defense Resources Preparedness plan that authorizes a government takeover of the economy during a national emergency (whatever that means); the tendency of all presidents to draft Executive Orders that grant themselves dictatorial powers; why limits on government power are now guided by political, not legal, concerns; and why we should end the wars and bring all the troops home – while we can still afford it.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “No to AIPAC, No to Israel, and No to War;” President Obama’s disappointing speech at the AIPAC conference, where he refused to take “options off the table” in dealing with Iran; why Iran’s modest military capability poses no real threat to Israel or the US; refuting the “mad mullah” image of Iran’s leadership – which is in fact composed of rational actors who aren’t eager to see their 2500 year old culture destroyed; the difference between Israel (the country) and Jews (as individuals); and why we needn’t fear Iranian President Ahmadinejad – who wields no real power, especially over the military – even though he often makes inflammatory remarks.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Obama Administration ‘Brainwashes’ Public on Afghanistan;” George Romney’s (Mitt’s father) courageous – but badly phrased – turn against the Vietnam War in 1967; how Lt. Col. Daniel Davis’s report on Afghanistan shows a similar “brainwashing” of the American public by the generals and MSM; the failure to make progress in three core areas in Afghanistan (Afghan government competency by 2014, decrease in violence, and a dead-end for the Taliban); why junior officers are losing faith in the war effort; and why Mitt and his many sons seem to have more important priorities than serving in the military, despite their pro-war rhetoric.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Newt Gingrich: Demagogue, Pseudointellectual” about Gingrich’s assertion that Palestinians are an “invented” people (who therefore have no rights); the NY Times article that debunks Gingrich’s warnings on a doomsday EMP attack; the Republican primary candidates competing to be president of Israel’s fan club; and why Israel can be either a Jewish state or democratic – but not both.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “Drone Warfare Is Fraught with Danger;” setting a new “Libya precedent” of cheap and easy regime change with US drones in the air and indigenous fighters on the ground; forgetting the quick “victories” in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 that later went sour; the case for impeaching Barack Obama for violating the War Powers Act; why a commander in chief less removed from the field of battle might not conduct warfare so casually; and why the US is severely tempting fate (and blowback) by conducting such an aggressive and violent foreign policy.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses how Palestinian statehood has been deferred and denied since Israel’s founding in 1948; Israel’s “facts on the ground” that are getting larger and more numerous by the day, making a Palestinian state untenable by design; Obama’s attempt to kill statehood without casting a veto and dropping the “honest broker” charade for good; and the different degrees of UN “promotion,” short of statehood, available through the Security Council and General Assembly.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his article “9/11 and the National Security Scam;” why top government officials must know their policies provoke more terrorist attacks, rather than prevent them; hearty cheers at the GOP debate for Rick Perry’s record-setting execution pace as Texas Governor; the cynical use of 9/11 casualties to justify an increasingly ruthless foreign policy; why “macro measures” like GNP and the unemployment rate are poor measures of national wealth and success; and why we must press the fight against the common perception that war is good for the economy.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses Obama’s speech on troop withdrawal timelines for Afghanistan; why getting troop levels back to pre-surge levels from two years ago is hardly a mark of progress; how Mitt Romney’s weak-kneed proposal to withdraw “as soon as possible” is seen by the MSM as dovish and isolationist; and the continuing US imperial wars in Iraq and elsewhere that seem able to go on forever.
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Jason Ditz will be on to discuss the latest in war news.
Bio: Jason Ditz is the news editor for Antiwar.com
Sheldon Richman will be on to discuss Memorial Day
Bio: Sheldon Richman is editor of The Freeman, published by The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, and serves as senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of FFF’s award-winning bookSeparating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and FFF’s newest book Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State.
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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his opinion piece “After Bin Laden?” on NJToday.net; why Memorial Day is a good time to read revisionist history and reject war glorification; how an interventionist foreign policy self-perpetuates; and why WWII isn’t the good vs. evil morality tale it’s commonly perceived as.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses “Obama’s Imperial Adventure” in Libya; the many Democrats and leftists falling over themselves to defend Obama; why the UN mandate to protect Libyan civilians isn’t possible with the supposedly limited “no-fly” zone; and why Congress couldn’t delegate war-making powers to the UN even if wanted to.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the opportunity to try George W. Bush for his war crimes; the equally solid case against Condi Rice and the Office of Legal Council lawyers; the Obama administration’s blindness to government crimes committed in the past; the heartening sight of tyrannical governments under pressure all over the Middle East; protesters in Libya daring to face down their military’s overwhelming firepower; and why MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is a bad journalist.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses why opponents of state power are naturally against war; Murray Rothbardâ€™s foreign policy litmus test for assessing devotion to liberty; the history ofÂ left-libertarianism and the conceptual left-right political spectrum, from the post-French Revolution era onward; and why across-the-board deregulation is not a free market cure-all, especially while state privileges like bailouts, FDIC insurance and government guarantees remain in place.