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Ron Paul: ‘The Militarism of Big Government is Coming to an End'

Ron Paul, speaking Saturday at a Ludwig von Mises Institute event in Costa Mesa, California, presented his optimistic prediction for the future of the movement to ensure respect peace and liberty in the United States and around the world. Paul, who is chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, both observes “a tremendous growth in the ideas of liberty” over the last thirty years and advises that “the militarism of big government is coming to an end.”
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For Armistice Day, Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve’s Role in Financing US Militarism

On this Armistice Day, taking place in the week after midterm elections that promise to buttress US foreign intervention and President Barack Obama’s announcement that he is sending 1,500 troops and desires $5.6 billion more in spending to escalate the war in Iraq and Syria, it seems fitting to consider Ron Paul’s explanation of how the Federal Reserve has helped finance US militarism.
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Alaska, DC, and Oregon Voters Legalize Marijuana

State and local governments continued going their own way on marijuana laws in elections Tuesday, with voters in the sates of Alaska and Oregon, along with United States capital city Washington, DC, approving ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. All three jurisdictions already had laws allowing medical marijuana use, while Alaska also already had legal recreational use but not legal sale of marijuana.

Also in the Tuesday elections, legalization of medical marijuana passed in the US territory of Guam and received a 58% majority vote in the state of Florida. The Florida ballot measure, however, did not pass because state law imposed a 60% supermajority vote requirement for victory.
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Ron Paul on the Selective Service System’s Psychological Manipulation

RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, speaking with Charles Goyette during their most recent weekly podcast, addresses the military draft, which Paul refers to as “slavery,” and the psychological manipulation involved in requiring 18-year-old American men to register in the Selective Service System. The discussion complements Paul’s Sunday column analyzing the anti-liberty nature of conscription as well as other forms of mandatory “national service.”

Paul begins his analysis of the draft by recounting how he in 1979, as a United States House of Representatives member from Texas, helped hold off for a while the reinstatement of draft registration. Ultimately, however, mandatory draft registration was reinstated, justified by an argument that it was needed to respond to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.
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Eric Margolis: Formerly ‘Liked Everywhere’ Canada Has Moved ‘Into the Gun Sights’

International affairs writer Eric Margolis, interviewed Wednesday on the Scott Horton Show, commented that he would not be surprised if the killers of Canada soldiers in Ontario and Quebec this week were motivated to react to the Canada government’s adoption of “a very, very hostile policy toward Muslims in general.” Margolis pins the responsibility for the adoption of this policy largely on Stephen Harper, who has been the nation’s prime minister since February of 2006, and some of the groups supporting Harper.

Margolis points to particular aspects of this policy, including that Canada “just dispatched six warplanes to go and bomb ISIS or whoever in Syria and Iraq” and has spent billions of dollars and over 100 troops’ lives on the Afghanistan war and occupation. Margolis, a Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity academic board member, sums up the dramatic transition toward Canada becoming a target for blowback as follows...


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35,000 People and Counting on New York’s New ‘No Guns List’

The US government has demonstrated with its No Fly and Selectee Lists, in operation for over a decade, how to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ travel and privacy rights without even the slightest nod to due process protections. Over the last 19 months, the New York government has followed a similar course, using a new “No Guns List” to deny respect for tens of thousands of individuals’ right to keep and bear arms.

New York Times writer Anemona Hartocollis explains in a Sunday Times article that New York state’s 2013 gun control law the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act is facilitating the prohibition of gun ownership and possession for many New Yorkers by compelling physicians, psychologists, registered nurses, and licensed clinical social workers to report to the government the identities of any patients they think are "likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others." 


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Ron Paul: Republican Majority in US Senate Would Not Make Much Difference

While Washington, DC politicians and pundits are prattling about whether the Democrats or Republicans will control the United States Senate after the November election, Ron Paul is throwing cold water on the whole brouhaha. Paul, speaking Wednesday on the Alan Colmes Show, explains that, “generally speaking, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference” which party controls the Senate.
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Ron Paul: Technology for Liberty, Not War

RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, in a wide-ranging Alex Jones Show interview on Tuesday, commented on the potential of technology to counter “the abusive state.” Noting that government will always use technology for war and against the people, Paul says that in response “we have to try to get the smart people on our side to make sure the technology protects our liberty.”
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Whistleblowers Expose NSA-Partner Israel’s Corrupt Use of Surveillance Information

The Israel government, with whom the United States government has been sharing for years Americans’ and others’ unredacted private information and communications obtained through the US mass spying program, is being accused by tens of whistle-blowers of abusively using this sort of intelligence against Palestinians. The whistle-blowers, who are former and reserve members of intelligence-focused Unit 8200 of the Israel military, provide revelations illustrating some of the dangers mass spying poses in any country.

Forty-three members of Unit 8200 have written a letter to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several Israel military leaders declaring that they “refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.” The letter focuses largely on how intelligence information is used to invade privacy, engage in political persecution, create divisions in the Palestinian population, fuel violence, and extend the Israel-Palestine conflict.
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