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Debunking the Myth of the Hero Cop

↳ Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Daily Anarchist:

[repost img=”” title=”Debunking the Myth of the Hero Cop” desc=”In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, ‘One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.’ If police were these heroes, then stories of botched drug raids would not be a standard news story. People would be outraged every time they heard about an officer killing a family pet, or an innocent human being, because it would be so unusual. Instead, these stories are routine, because the image of police as heroic public servants is a myth.” url=””]

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Why I Am an Anarcho-capitalist

↳ Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Ludwig von Mises Institute:

[repost img=”” title=”Why I Am an Anarcho-Capitalist” desc=”A great many people — more than ever, probably — describe themselves as supporters of the free market today, in spite of the unrelenting propaganda against it. And that’s great. Those statements of support, however, are followed by the inevitable but: but we need government to provide physical security and dispute resolution, the most critical services of all.” url=””]

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Child Taken from Womb by Social Services

↳ Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via The Telegraph:

[repost img=”” title=”Child taken from womb by social services” desc=”Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.” url=””]

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Via ViralNova:

[repost img=”” title=”A Retired Mathematician Found A Rotting Cabin From 1830. What He Did With It Is Perfection.” desc=”Reddit user srirachaforeverthing just posted what happens when you mix a retired mathematician father and an old, rotting 1830s cabin. He decided to restore it. And the result? Cozy perfection.” url=””]

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What Vets Miss Most is What Most Civilians Fear

↳ Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Business Insider:

[repost img=”” title=”What Vets Miss Most Is What Most Civilians Fear: A Regimented, Cohesive Network That Always Checks On You” desc=”When I joined the Army as a 17-year-old, I expected to face many challenges and hardships as an individual — whether that meant getting yelled at or shot at or made to jump out of airplanes. What I didn’t yet understand was how much I’d put aside my individual concerns and focus on my fellow service members — or how much they’d do the same for me.” url=”″]

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Boehner’s Tears Reveal Truth

Posted on January 30th, 2011 by Ben Spera

Today on the Huffington Post, House Speaker John Boehner defended his unusual inclination to shed tears when speaking. He explained his tendency to ‘wear his emotions on his sleeve’, and refused to apologize for being ’emotionally attached to things I feel strongly about.’

I’ll be the first to admit that Boehner’s crying makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, and initially made me dislike him due to his appearance of weakness and, well… just being strange. After some thought however, I figure we’re not asking him to join the Marines and storm the mountains of Afghanistan, what’s wrong with crying every once and a while? Maybe his tears are the first bit of genuine honesty I’ve seen come out of Washington in as long as I can remember. My instinct tells me that no self-respecting man would use crying as a political ploy. Anything that demeaning has got to be sincere, right?



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