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Thomas Paine University

Most people who advocate for revolution contemplate it in the abstract. That is to be expected, as few believe revolution is imminent. Details and logistics need not be a pressing concern. But revolution in the 21st Century against the most powerful nation on Earth, with technology and weaponry unavailable to the public, will require some…

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If Hillary is Elected, Democrats Will Lose the House of Representatives until 2030

On substantive issues of military belligerence and interventionism in the affairs of foreign countries, there is little difference between Hillary and the Republicans. Same goes for such issues as political campaign financing, lobbyists, Wall Street, breaking up the too big to fail banks, and the appointment of industry hacks to departments, regulatory agencies, and even…

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How to Start a Revolution

The most radical elements within the animal movement are thought to be liberationists. I know and respect Ronnie Lee, the founder of the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), but critics of animal liberationists correctly argue that the few animals released or facilities damaged really accomplish little and cost the movement a great deal in lost activists,…

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Terrorism is Violence Against the Innocent. Revolution is Violence Against the Guilty.

By definition, terrorism is violence against the innocent. Terrorist organizations hope to influence the actions of governments by paralyzing populaces with fear and uncertainty. We see these tactics employed by jihadist Muslims, right wing hate groups, and radical separatists. Government response, predictably, is repression and fascist legislation. Voices of reason and of tolerance are drowned…

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Plan B

Plan B is the alternative, a backup strategy, when Plan A fails. Or when there really isn’t a plan at all, as is the case with the animal movement. The animal movement is really not a movement at all. It is a collection of large and small organizations, all competing for support, each having their…

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Today’s Liberalism vs Classical Liberalism

Jeremy Bentham, the father of utilitarianism.   Is there a difference between liberal philosophy today and liberal philosophy historically? Actually, no. There is not. Drawing historical parallels, I frequently discuss the fact that conservatives have never been right about anything. Conservatives opposed American Independence, they supported slavery, they opposed women’s suffrage, child labor laws, workplace…