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June 1-15, 2004
June 15, 2004
George Orwell... meet Franz Kafka by Tom Engelhardt
Bush's 'Apex' of Unlimited Power by Nat Parry
Dear Homeland Security, We have Found the Enemy, He is Us by Ed Bice
Crossing the threshold by Harvey A. Silverglate and Carl Takei
"While we’re all fretting over the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft’s Justice Department is after much bigger game"
The Tangled Web of American Voting by Elaine Kitchel
"An investigation into the serious election problems that occurred in various state primaries and the behind the scenes difficulties with our voting system."
June 14, 2004
Torture, War, and Presidential Powers by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
Secret world of US jails by Jason Burke
"The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an 'invisible' network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared"
June 13, 2004
Let’s Hear It For Democracy! by Paul Hein
"Ben Franklin’s remark is well remembered: 'Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.'"
"A Temporary Coup" By Mark Follman
Ronnie & Saddam by Neil Mackay
How America armed Iraq
June 11, 2004
They Aren’t What They Used to Be by Joseph Sobran
"Before the Civil War, the United States was a plural noun. The U.S. Constitution uses the plural form when, for example, it refers to enemies of the United States as 'their' enemies. And this was the usage of everyone who understood that the union was a voluntary federation of sovereign states, delegating only a few specified powers, and not the monolithic, 'consolidated,' all-powerful government it has since become."
COUP D'ETAT by Michael C. Ruppert
"The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th"
June 10, 2004
The Choice of a New Generation by David C. Moorman
"Your liberty, thanks to your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents who were asleep at the wheel of the charge they were given, has been rounded up too, exhausted, used up and wasted away, to be swept up and dumped unceremoniously into the ash can of history."
Live Free, or Be Killed by David Gordon
Hail the Great Leader! by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Besieged, Bothered, Bewildered - and Busted by Justin Raimondo
June 9, 2004
California Roll by Rodger Jacobs
"I began to step off the curb when the crosswalk signal gave me the go-ahead but I was halted in mid-stride by the sight of a fleet of sleek black Town Cars bullying their way north on Sepulveda."
The mentality Of Homo interneticus: Some Ongian postulates by Michael H. Goldhaber
"As we come more fully into the Internet age then, we can expect that the feeling that events are fated, or that one choice causes a certain outcome will be much less powerful than now, if present in any form. Gone will be turning points, "tides in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood lead on to fortune," world-historical events, heroic acts or moments of genius. No author can be thought authoritative, even in regards to her own story, and indeed no story is ever really anyone’s own. Lives, even one’s own, will not have the strong arcs of stories; instead being pastiches, collages, mixtures, with no climax either past or yet to come, no denouement, no outcome, and thus no anticlimax, and no ironic twist either. We will make choices; indeed life will present an endless series of menu items from which to choose, but nothing of any great significance will seem to follow from any choice, just as one does not expect anything other than one’s momentary pleasure or lack thereof to follow from what one orders in a restaurant."
Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror by William Greider
June 8, 2004
The Reluctant Anarchist by Joseph Sobran
"I miss the serenity of believing I lived under a good government, wisely designed and benevolent in its operation. But, as St. Paul says, there comes a time to put away childish things."
Ralph Nader: Conservatively Speaking
"Ralph Nader recently accepted Pat Buchanan’s invitation to sit down with us and explain why his third-party presidential bid ought to appeal to conservatives disaffected with George W. Bush."
June 7, 2004
Just How Bizarre Have Things Become? Take This Quiz and Find Out- by Maureen Farrell
June 6, 2004
The bankruptcy of fear-mongering as policy
The Dog Days of the War Party by Patrick J. Buchanan
RIDING REAGAN'S COFFIN by Ed Weathers
June 4, 2004
Imperial America: Gore Vidal Reflects on the United States of Amnesia
Audio link (recommended)
The Same Old Failed Policies in Iraq by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
"It’s time we reconsider the advice of the founding fathers and the guidelines of the Constitution, which counsel a foreign policy of non-intervention and strategic independence. Setting a good example is a far better way to spread American ideals than through force of arms."
Inside America's Animal House by Chris Floyd
June 3, 2004
The House of Representatives Must Be Elected! by Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.
"Adopting any of the proposals to deny the people the ability to choose their own representatives would let the terrorists know that they can succeed in altering our republican institutions."
June 2, 2004
Libertarianism in One Sentence by Roderick Long
The Return of the Draft, a Bipartisan Production By Jacob Levich
"The logic of empire requires more boots on the ground, and conscription looks like the only way to get them."
THE FIRST HAIKU OF GEORGE W. BUSH by Matt Taibbi
Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
"Self-reliance and self-defense are American virtues; trembling reliance on the illusion of government-provided security is not."
June 1, 2004
Dangerous Philosophy: Threat, Risk, and Security by Irving Goh
Four More Years of Funation by Bob Wallace
"Politics is beating something with a hammer until it breaks. It doesn't matter who gets voted into office. They can't change the nature of that hammer."