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It was forty-three years ago today

President Richard Nixon closed the gold window, ending the post-WW II “Brenton Woods” system and severing the last link between the U.S. dollar and gold. Nixon did this to “stabilize” the value of the dollar. As Dr. Phil would say, HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT FOR YOU? Nixon’s closing of the gold window was the […]


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Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote on op-ed in Time yesterday discussing the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and the need to stop the militarization of local and state police departments. From the article: There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement. Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has […]


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After Wednesday’s Warzone, A Night of Relative Peace for Ferguson

After the chaotic scene Wednesday night between Ferguson police and protesters (as well as members of the press), the Governor’s decision to put Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security changed the whole situation, for now, and hopefully until we learn all the details of the initial shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Washington Post reporter […]


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Only 62 Representatives Voted to End Federal Militarization of Local Police Back in June

Among all the outrage over what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) posted on his facebook, a reminder that the House actually voted on an amendment, offered by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), back in June that would have prevented federal dollars from being used to provide militarized police equipment to state and […]


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American Militarism: The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

Ferguson is the price we pay for turning America’s police into paramilitary units armed with the Pentagon’s surplus military gear leftover from decades of American militarism overseas. The era of your friendly neighborhood lawman only out to “protect and serve” the community is over — if it ever existed at all. Today, “protect and serve” […]


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