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Lew Rockwell: Ron Paul’s New Book on War and Peace is Paul’s ‘Most Important Book’

Lew Rockwell, in his Wednesday lewrockwell.com podcast interview with Ron Paul, heaps praise on Paul’s new book Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity. Rockwell begins the interview noting that Swords into Plowshares is Paul’s “most important book” and “a fascinating piece of reading as well.” Rockwell proceeds to note that Swords into Plowshares is “so personal … almost like an autobiography in many senses” and that the book “just draws you in, and you can’t put it down.”
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Ron Paul: Look to Switzerland for Path toward Peace

Former US presidential candidate and House of Representatives member Ron Paul says people seeking to advance peace can learn much from looking to Switzerland.

Paul made his recommendation in an extensive interview with host Eric Dubin on Liberty Rising Radio focused on Paul’s new book Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity.

Paul states in the interview that he likes Switzerland’s “very successful national defense,” and adds “there is no reason that we can’t use that as a starting point.”
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On Social Security? Obama Wants Your Gun!

In a move that Alan Zarembo of the Los Angeles Times reports could result in the US government barring millions of Americans from owning guns, President Barack Obama’s administration has been quietly planning to have the Social Security Administration report the private information of Social Security recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Among the millions of people who may, as a result, be deprived of the ability to legally possess guns are, Zarembo notes, about 1.5 million Social Security recipients who “have their finances handled by others for a variety of reasons” and about 2.7 million people who receive Social Security disability payments due to mental health problems.
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Hey, Obama, How About Freeing the Nearly 100,000 Drug War Victims in US Prisons?

With President Barack Obama announcing Monday the commutation of the sentences of 46 US government prisoners, Reuters calculates that the president “has now commuted the sentences of 89 prisoners, the vast majority of whom were nonviolent drug offenders who applied for clemency under an initiative the White House began in April 2014.” The freeing of any drug war victims is reason for celebrations. Yet, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons 95,265 people (48.7% of all federal prison inmates) are in US government prisons for drug convictions. How about freeing them all?
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Will Texas Nix Marriage Licensing? Yes — if Rep. David Simpson Gets His Way

Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) has an intriguing response to Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decision imposing a national mandate to override the diverse ways in which state governments deal with same sex marriage. Simpson is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a special session of the state legislature to consider Simpson’s proposal that Texas end marriage licensing in the state.

Simpson’s radical response to the court’s decision should not be too surprising given that earlier this year he responded to the war on marijuana with a bill that would eliminate all Texas laws regarding marijuana so the plant would be treated the same as tomatoes, jalapeños, or coffee. Also, back in 2011, Simpson responded to the US Transportation Security Administration’s frisking of travelers with legislation that would hold TSA employees accountable for such actions under state assault prohibitions.
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California Über Alles: Gov. Jerry Brown's Onerous Vaccination Mandates

The 1979 Dead Kennedys song “California Über Alles” could be updated today to say that California Governor Jerry Brown’s secret police “have come for your unvaccinated niece.” On Tuesday, the once-again governor of California signed into law some of the most onerous vaccination mandates in America.

The state mandates apply to children who are enrolled in government or private schools, as well as in non-parental care such as day care. The newly enacted law also eliminates parents’ ability to assert philosophical or religious exemptions for vaccinations.
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Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell on Their Decades Promoting Liberty and Shared Optimism for the Future

This week on the Ron Paul Liberty Report, Ron Paul discussed with guest Lew Rockwell their many years working to advance liberty, as well as their shared optimism for the future. For people new to libertarian ideas, the engaging conversation is a good starting point for obtaining a feel for the fight for liberty in America since the 1970s and an understanding of the contributions made by Paul and Rockwell in that fight. For anyone brought down by the relentless advance of leviathan government, watching the interview may provide a jolt of assurance that there is hope for the cause of liberty.
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