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Posted March 23: A new "Unsilent Truth" column by Ronn Neff.

Posted March 24, 2017.

Tone-deaf Left. Apparently this is not a joke: Mrs. Hillary Clinton now enjoys the honor of a whiskey's having been named after her. It's called Rodham Rye.

"It's a tribute to women in history, and a tribute to women in our everyday lives," says Republic Restoratives co-founder Pia Carusone.

I can't imagine that I am the first to observe that this is a terrible name for a whiskey, but the Left just brings it on themselves: apparently they cannot hear what they are saying. (After all, these are the people who drink a beverage made of "bioengineered algae" called Soylent.)

But you'd think that somewhere in every ad agency there would be a Don Draper who could point out that you can't give a name to a whiskey celebrating women in history that sounds like "Rot 'em Rye."

You just can't. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Posted March 23, 2017.

Ronn Neff's column of May 23 about the Rockville school rape (I recommend that you stop and read it first) has sparked some thought — as his writings tend to do — and reminded me of one particular evil inherent in government schooling.

The state forces taxpayers to pay for it, whether or not they have children who attend such institutions, and the state's compulsory-education decrees goad most parents into sending their children to them. As Mr. Neff says, parents should exert all efforts to keep their children out of those places. But even when it is possible to evade or minimize the damage of tyrannical state decrees, those decrees are still evil, they produce evil consequences, and those consequences deserve denunciation.

The evil consequence I'm thinking of today — inherent in robbing taxpayers to pay for a coercion-ridden school system — is denial of the freedom of association. The poor adolescent girl whom Mr. Neff writes of didn't exactly make a free choice to wind up in the same building with criminal savages, and her parents didn't exactly make a free choice resulting in her proximity to them.

If school and state were separated, even parents now dizzy with statish thinking would be less likely to be dizzy when choosing a school for their kids, just as they're less dizzy now when choosing where to shop for groceries, where to see a movie, or where to buy a used car. They'd have a lot more choices, for one thing, and affordable ones; and schools that featured violent savages among their student body would — let's just say — face some steep marketing challenges in reaching normal people.

I like alluding to used-car lots. I've done so quite a few times, pointing out the radically different quality of thinking that people engage in when shopping for a used car as opposed to the kind that they engage in when voting for politicians. The same dichotomy would reveal itself vividly if freedom reigned in the education industry — and, of course, if leviathan and its little friends were somehow prevailed upon to keep their filthy mitts off the culture in general. [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

Posted March 21, 2017.

Lind the Impeacher. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in his "questioning" of Judge Neil Gorsuch in the latter's confirmation hearings to become a justice of the Supreme Court, warned Donald Trump that if the president used waterboarding, he would be subject to impeachment.

Setting aside all questions about waterboarding (and what it has to do with Judge Gorsuch), it should not take a free-market anarchist to explain to the senator that neither he nor any other senator can initiate impeachment proceedings against the U.S. president. The House brings the charges and votes on impeachment. The Senate then tries the case.

Simple enough. But apparently being a senator has just gone to Mr. Graham's head. As a House member in 1998, not only was he on the Judiciary Committee that formulated the charges brought against Bill Clinton (the only elected president ever to be impeached), but he was one of the managers (i.e., prosecutors) of the case before the Senate.

He apparently has also lost sight of the fact that in the impeachment trial, it is the Chief Justice of the United States, not senators from South Carolina, who sit in judgment of the case. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Posted March 18, 2017.

A new essay by Steve Sniegoski recently appeared at The Unz Review: "The Russian Peace Scare Averted, but What about Iran?"

Dr. Sniegoski says: "In my new essay, I point out how the generals Mattis and McMaster, who have been highly lauded in the mainstream media, are very hawkish on Iran and will reinforce Trump's belligerent position.... I argue against the crazy idea, held especially by Mattis but also by McMaster, that Iran is the cause of instability in the Middle East, and I point out that Iran's intervention outside its borders is fundamentally defensive."

Highly recommended! (By the way, I love Steve's bitterly satirical phrase, "the Russian peace scare.") [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

Posted March 9, 2017.

The Women Who Don't Count. In many locales in the United States, women who have not made an issue of International Women's Day decided to declare a "Day without Women." This was supposed to protest Bill Clinton's actual molesting and raping of real women. Oh, wait, no, it wasn't. It was supposed to protest Donald Trump's talking about molesting women.

In any case, it was a fraud. It was not supposed to be a Day without Women, but rather a Day without Some Women. The women who work at McDonald's showed up for work. The women who work at boutiques and movie theaters showed up for work. The women who take the orders of the "Some Women" at Panera and Starbuck's worked. So did the "Some Women's" nannies — no day off for protests for them. Nurses and doctors showed up. Even meter maids and librarians. Prostitutes, too. And a lot of women showed up for two jobs.

Of course, Wednesday's demonstration continued in a vein we're already familiar with. The women who worked on Wednesday were Women Who Don't Count. The women who, if anyone needs the protection of the laws, they do. The women who were never meant to be protected. [Ronn Neff]

For further reading. The Women Who Don't Count were celebrated by Joe Sobran in his cover article for the March 1997 issue of SOBRAN'S. It has been reprinted hereΩ

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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