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Ron Paul and some of his libertarian cohorts have been sharpening their attack against Sanders, accusing him of "selling out" by watering down the 2009 Audit the Fed bill. Libertarians are a key demographic that Sanders needs to win, the bridge between republicans and progressives, so I wanted to get to the bottom of this and find out the real story.

The narrative is that Sanders secretly collaborated with the corrupt Fed and the corrupt Obama administration to make sure the Audit bill was "gutted". When you actually look at the facts the real story is that the so-called Vitter Amendment, which would have restored the full uncompromised bill, failed. It was simply not popular enough. If left in the bill, the (arguably corrupt) Obama administration probably would have rejected the whole bill over this. And would have lost support in the senate.

It won't make libertarians thrilled, but at the end of the day at least Sanders was able to get a compromise bill passed. And while the compromise legislation wasn't as strong as what the anti-corruption folks had hoped for, you cannot take away from the fact that Sanders used his voice to repeatedly impugn the Fed, hopefully laying the groundwork for much stronger legislation in the future.

If libertarians want to get legislation passed, they need to realize this ugly political reality requires making allies and finding compromises. When it comes to fighting corruption and crony capitalism, progressives such as Sanders are natural allies, hopefully libertarians will discover that attacking him is highly irrational. We need to build this bridge, not burn it, like what Ron Paul seems to be trying to do.

#sanders #endthefed #ronpaul #libertarian #libertarianism

http://www.thenation.com/article/senate-votes-audit-fed/


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The power of private corporations has now eclipsed the power of elected governments. The death spiral of democracy has begun.

#corporatism #corporatocracy #democracy #ttp #ttip #freetrade #imperialism
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Agreed.
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I have in my possession a (reasonably) low cost laptop. It is my sincere prayer and vision that this laptop is in the future owned by a student of mine, or the student's family. While this computer does not have the fastest hardware, it is neither the slowest nor the cheapest. One of the reasons why I got a reasonably good deal is because I didn't have to pay the so-called "Microsoft Tax": it came with GNU/Linux pre-installed.

What this computer lacks in hardware it more than makes up for in software. In fact, I would regard the software in this computer including the GNU/Linux operating system to be a wonder of the world, some of the greatest achievements the human race has ever made up to this point in coded/mathematical form. A computer configured like how I'm about to configure it is a window into the future, where humans and machines joyfully cooperate to solve urgently needed real world issues as well as provide infinite opportunities for playful learning and effortless machine mastery with legally guaranteed perpetually free and open source software that is your ethical friend and not your enemy. Software that has been relied upon to build the stacks of very well known successful businesses, even those not in the traditional technology sector.

So there you have it, my first product of this type. My ultra niche market is a student (or the student's family) who has the longing to learn more about the mysteries of computer software and computer science.

#gnu #linux #opensource #freesoftware #computerscience #programming #education
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While republicans s**t all over history and compassion, decent folk celebrate the heroes who gave us the 14th amendment including the most powerful tool ever invented to fight racism: BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP.

#racism #gop #trump #birthrightcitizenship

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/31/donald-trump-meet-wong-kim-ark-the-chinese-american-cook-who-is-the-father-of-birthright-citizenship/?postshare=1761441059215740
For Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray it was an open and shut case. The majority opinion upholding a U.S.-born Chinese man's right to citizenship was issued on March 28, 1898.
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I have great respect for professor Lawrence Lessig, in fact he's one of my heroes. But the infighting among those who ought to be close political allies is getting to be a real drag. Lessig is a bit more tech savvy, but as far as I know he and Sanders fundamentally agree on just about every single issue of policy. In my dream, instead of pathetically sniping, Lessig would join forces with Sanders as his trusted tech advisor.

#lessig #president #sanders 

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/26/9210417/lawrence-lessig-president
The campaign finance reform activist, who's exploring his own presidential bid, argues that Sanders is "running a campaign to win, not to govern."
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If anybody wants to understand things from Lessig's perspective, I highly recommend this podcast, which is normally about tech startups, not political at all. http://thisweekinstartups.com/larry-lessig-referendum-president/
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LOL! But seriously, thank god we have these in the U.S and thank god they are Socialist (well, we have the first four which qualify, we dont have the Socialist Single Payer health care yet).
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