6 ways children would thrive in a voluntary society

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News Story Source: http://www.thedailybell.com
Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fifth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

For a long time, the issue that held me back from being a full-fledged anarchist was the question of children. In a truly free society, adults would not be able to demand goods or services from others using the violence of the government. And I was OK with that. That was simple for me to reconcile. Rights are negative. Society doesn’t “owe” anyone anything except the right to be left alone.

My original philosophical dilemma was why my kids have a right to demand care from me. But after reconciling that, I struggled with society’s obligation to children in general.

Children aren’t going to be self-sufficient in their care for many years. That’s why parents are in it for the long haul.
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The NYT Suppresses Reality on Afghanistan

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
The NYT Suppresses Reality on Afghanistan

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US war on Afghanistan was planned long before 9/11, a false flag pretext for waging multiple wars of aggression, raging in multiple theaters.

The Times maintains the fiction that America went to war in Afghanistan to “(s)et up a government, help it consolidate control, and wait for Afghans to reject the Taliban in favor of stability.”

Washington’s permanent war agenda is longstanding, peace and stability anathema notions, hostile to its imperial agenda.

The deplorable record is clear. Jack Kennedy was assassinated for transforming himself from a warrior to a peace president, wanting US forces out of Vietnam, the message understood by his successors.

On Monday, the Times absurdly claimed “chaos rewards (the) Taliban.” They came to power in the mid-1990s following years of devastating war.

Their roots go back t
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John Kerry and Abbas Confidant Meet in London

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
John Kerry and Abbas Confidant Meet in London

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Kerry is hostile to Trump, a staunch Israeli ally, no friend of long-suffering Palestinians.

They never had a legitimate peace partner, especially not in Washington under Republicans or undemocratic Dems.

While Obama’s secretary of state, Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy excluded peace in our time. He endorsed “national divisions,” serving Israeli interests exclusively, Palestinian rights ignored.

Hamas called his peace plan “an American-Zionist agenda which sees settlements devour land, and the Judaization of Jerusalem and holy sites.”

Calling himself “a longtime friend of Israel,” his “comprehensive vision” failed to address fundamental Palestinian rights.

Kerry’s plan let Israel steal more Palestinian land. It let them control Palestinian air, water, borders and resources. It preve
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Sochi Peace Conference Off to a Bad Start

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Sochi Peace Conference Off to a Bad Start

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

It’s being held Monday and Tuesday, over 1,500 delegates participating, around 1,300 from Syria, including pro-and-anti-Assad elements.

US/Saudi-backed High Negotiation Committee members aren’t coming. They want endless war and regime change, not diplomatic conflict resolution.

Syrian Kurds are boycotting the conference. “We said before that if the situation remained the same in Afrin, we could not attend Sochi,” Kurdish official Fawza al-Yussef said, adding: Afrin “contradicts the principle of political dialogue.”

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari heads his country’s delegation. At a UN meeting in Vienna on his country ahead of Sochi talks, he called a joint US, UK, French, Saudi, Jordanian proposal “totally unacceptable,” saying:

“Our people have not and will never accept a solution tha
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Iran’s Legitimate Ballistic Missile Program

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Iran’s Legitimate Ballistic Missile Program

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman

None of its missiles, including ballistic ones, are designed to carry nuclear warheads Iran doesn’t have or want.

Their missile development, production and testing comply with Security Council Resolution 2231 – affirming the JCPOA  nuclear deal.

They’re solely for defense, not offense. The Islamic Republic supports peace, not war it abhors. It hasn’t attacked another country in centuries. It threatens none now.

Washington, its NATO partners, Israel and other countries, routinely conduct missile tests, intended for warmaking.

Other nations don’t criticize them, Iran and North Korea alone unfairly slammed for purely defensive actions. Washington and its imperial allies threaten their security.

Iran’s Deputy Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Massoud Jazayeri said the Trump administration’s call for n
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Upcoming Venezuelan Presidential Election

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Upcoming Venezuelan Presidential Election

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

I’ll be held in April, the date yet to be announced, likely at end of month.

Venezuelan presidents serve six-year terms. Anyone can be popularly elected for an indefinite number of times.

They must be at least age-30, be a natural-born citizen, and cannot be citizens of another country.

Since establishment of Bolivarian governance, Hugo Chavez served as president from 1999 until his death in March 2013, Nicolas Maduro succeeding him.

Last week, he announced his candidacy for reelection, saying “I am going to be a candidate…fulfilling the order of the working class, fulfilling the order of the popular base.”

“Brothers and sisters, I will not let you down. I assume the presidential candidacy for the 2019-2025 period, and I swear before you brother workers that I will be the candidate of the Venezuelan working
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Russian Parliament Set To Make The CryptoRuble Legal Tender

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News Story Source: https://www.zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden
“The amendments proposed by the draft law … codify the digital financial asset as a legal means of payment on the territory of Russia,” the document’s explanatory note reads.

Interestingly, the draft law was submitted by a Communist Party MP named Rizvan Kurbanov.  The law proposes several amendments to the Russian Civil Code that will make the CryptoRuble a legal means of payment circulated nationwide.

In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the issuance of a national cryptocurrency – which many interpreted as a sign that Russia is warming to the new technology after initially seeking to ban it.

Many businessmen, including some with ties to Putin and his government, have sought to expand cryptocurrency mining operations in the country.

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Amazon Should Stick to Capitalism and Avoid the Crony Game

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News Story Source: https://fee.org, by Daniel J. Mitchell
I explained back in 2013 that there is a big difference between being pro-market and being pro-business.

Pro-market is a belief in genuine free enterprise, which means companies succeed or fail solely on the basis of whether they produce goods and services that consumers like.

Pro-business, by contrast, is a concept that opens the door to inefficient and corrupt cronyism, such as bailouts and subsidies.

It basically means big business and big government get in bed together. And that’s going to mean bad news for taxpayers and consumers.

Washington specializes in this kind of cronyism. The Export-Import Bank, ethanol handouts, TARP, and Obamacare bailouts for big insurance firms are a few of my least-favorite examples.

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Spermageddon: Why the human race could be infertile in 50 years

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News Story Source: http://www.telegraph.co, India Sturgis
But that is only half the story. Possibly even less, according to mounting evidence. Male fertility is dipping, and fast. Sperm may prove to be the greatest casualty of modern life.

Last summer, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60 per cent in 40 years. In what was the largest study of its kind, they analysed data from 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, taking in 185 studies from 1973 to 2011. Its lead author, Dr Hagai Levine, decreed the result an ‘urgent wake-up call’.

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Roger Federer wins Australian Open for 20th career Grand Slam title

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News Story Source: http://www.espn.com, Associated Press
Federer has won more major tennis titles than any man, including a record-equaling six on the court that bears the great Rod Laver’s name at Melbourne Park.

This one, following a tension-filled, momentum-swinging 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic in Sunday’s Australian Open final, was a keeper.

Laver has been involved in the on-court presentations in the past, witnessing Federer’s tears at close range. This time, Laver — the only man to achieve the calendar Grand Slam twice — held up his phone to get the shot from the stands.

“I didn’t see that through my thick tears, that he was taking a picture of me crying,” Federer said. He joked in a TV interview that “I couldn’t lift my head, I was so embarrassed.”

Surely, it’s only an embarrassment of riches.

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