Fight For The Future of Liberty

Morning links

Something to remember on this Memorial Day: governments always need a good war to grow and sustain power.  That explains the incessant provocations along the Russian border, as well as the South China Sea.  On this Memorial Day, remember all the wars-in-utero that Washington bureaucrats, politicians, and lobbyists are eager to see transpire. But US citizens will pay for the wars in blood and money, and then will be forced to suffer under the resulting power-grab by government.  Remember the stupidity of war, so that the stupid wars cease.

Here’s an idea: rescind Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.  He’s been at war longer than any other President in U.S. history, and has set a deadly precedent in the use of drones to carry out extra-judicial killings.

What, exactly, are we memorializing on Memorial Day? Unless we’re reflecting on the tragic stupidity of most U.S. wars, the idiots who dragged the nation into them, and the soldiers who died fighting in those unnecessary wars, it becomes nothing more than propaganda for the next stupid war.  Better to abolish it, says Justin Raimondo.

David Boaz offers Memorial Day wisdom in an oldie-but-goodie from 2010

Some cops really dislike police accountability activists

Mises Institute president Jeff Diest offers wisdom and skepticism following the Libertarian Party convention

How much substance would emerge from a Trump-Sanders debate? Hint: none whatsoever.

From Politico: Does the Libertarian Party Finally Have a Chance?

From Foreign Policy: White House Blocks Transfer of Cluster Bombs to Saudi Arabia.  After having sold the Saudis millions of dollars’ worth of the deadly, cowardly civilian-killers in recent years.

From The Guardian: CIA ex-boss: secretive spooks tolerated in UK more than US.  British citizens care less about their Surveillance State than Americans do theirs.  I’m sure former NSA director Michael Hayden admires that about the Brits.  He also wishes someone would put Edward Snowden on a “kill list”.

From National Geographic: Antibiotic-resistant superbug found in US

From The Atlantic: How to avoid the post-antibiotic apocalypse

From Quartz: Why does gin and tonic taste so good?