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End the Marijuana ‘Sin Taxes’

Legal marijuana in Colorado has been a boon for freedom, allowing people to make, transfer, and consume marijuana products free from the threat of arrest by state or local police. At the same time, there is an unfortunate side-effect of the liberalization of marijuana laws in the state — the government scooping up great amounts of money via marijuana “sin taxes.”

The high marijuana taxes punish people who purchase marijuana by depriving them of money to save, to give away, or to spend on other goods or services. The sin taxes also are a means of controlling people’s behavior. Facing high taxes, some people will forgo or reduce their purchases of products containing the plant.
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Washington's Bias Toward War

College of William & Mary Professor and Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson examined, in an interview last week with host Paul Jay on the Real News Network, the connection between war and profits. War brings profits, and this feeds a Washington, DC bias toward war, says Wilkerson.
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Eric Margolis: When Assad Is Gone, We Will Definitely Miss Him

Speaking Friday with host Scott Horton on the Scott Horton Show, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Eric Margolis related the devastating consequences foreign intervention to depose Syria President Bashar al-Assad has created, as well as the further devastation that would be wrought if the intervention accomplishes its goal.

Concluding a discussion largely focused on governments, including those of the United States, Britain, and France, intervening in Syria, Margolis presents an important warning. “The question is ‘Why overthrow Assad?’” asks Margolis, “because, when he’s gone, we are definitely going to miss him.”
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New Hampshire Library Stands Up to US Government, Reinstates Tor Relay

The board of trustees overseeing the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire on Tuesday decided, despite pushback from the United States Department of Homeland Security, to reinstate a Tor relay the board had approved in an effort to enhance privacy on the internet. The library board drew the attention of Homeland Security when the board decided in June to make the Kilton Public Library the first library in America to install a Tor relay. After Homeland Security promptly responded by telling state and local government officials that the Tor relay may aid criminals, the board had suspended the relay.
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Ron Paul: The More US Intervention, the More Chaos in the Middle East

Speaking Wednesday with host Charles Payne on Fox Business, Ron Paul Institute Chairman and Founder Ron Paul said “interventionism of Republicans and Democrats” to “remake the Middle East” is to blame for the “utter mess” from which many Middle Easterners are fleeing. In short, concludes Paul, “the more we’re involved, the more chaos there is.”
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