Tunisia: Saied, Karoui to contest presidential runoff vote

Source: Reuters

“Tunisia’s electoral commission on Tuesday said law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui won most votes in Sunday’s presidential election, beating major political leaders to advance to a second-round runoff. The commission’s announcement following a full count of votes confirmed exit polls released on Sunday evening and partial results issued throughout Monday. … Saied took 18.4% of the votes and Karoui 15.6%. Of the other 24 candidates, who included the prime minister, two former prime ministers, a former president and the defense minister, the moderate Islamist Ennahda candidate Abdelfattah Mourou came in third with 12.9%.” (09/17/19)


Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 233

Source: The Daily Liberator

“Master Beto.” [various formats] (09/17/19)


Prohibitions: Constitutionalism and Democracy

Source: EconLog
by John Alcorn

“It’s commonplace to downplay the element of coercion in majority rule. We sometimes say, philosophically, ‘we get the government we deserve.’ This saying may be understood in two different ways. Ordinarily, it’s an indictment of voter competence and motivations — a layperson’s version of Bentham’s analysis of endogenous voter laziness. Alternatively, it may be taken as a credo of voter self-paternalism via democracy. The thought is that citizens launder their preferences in the voting booth — Dr. Jekyll, when he votes, binds Mr. Hyde. According to this understanding, prohibitions are self-paternalism rather than coercion. Caplan has a ready retort to this rosy interpretation of majority rule: No, we get the government they (i.e., the majority) deserve. The majority imposes its uninformed preferences or its self-paternalism also on the minority.” (09/16/19)


Fintech Beat, episode 19

Source: Roll Call

“Fintech Beat explores the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to investing in financial technology. Host Chris Brummer explores when it may make sense to invest and when it may not. Here is a sneak peak into the ABC’s of fintech investing.” [various formats] (09/16/19)


“Gun crime”

Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManical

“I’ve lost count of the times people have insisted my feelings about guns would change if someone I knew was a victim of a ‘gun crime.’ This shows their ignorance. And even if my ‘feelings’ did change, the truth doesn’t. I’ve had three close friends shot by bad guys. Two of them died as a result. Do I blame the guns? That would be as pointless and stupid as blaming cars for my daughter Cheyenne’s death.” (09/17/19)


GA: Man shoots, kills three masked teens as they try to rob him at his home, police say

Source: CNN

“A Georgia homeowner shot and killed three teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said. The masked teens — a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds — approached three residents around 4 a.m. Monday at the front yard of a home just outside Conyers and tried to rob them, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said. One of the would-be robbers took out a gun and fired shots at them before one of the residents returned fire, authorities said. ‘The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported,’ the sheriff’s department said in a news release.” (09/17/19)


Kelley B. Vlahos on The Scott Horton Show

Source: Libertarian Institute

“Kelley B. Vlahos tells Scott about two of her recent American Conservative articles, one about the FBI’s investigation of antiwar.com on spurious grounds following the 9/11 attacks, and the other a review of the new book, Poisoner in Chief by Stephen Kinzer. The book tells stories about the American government’s experimental mind-control programs, secret programs to test drugs and other chemical and biological weapons on civilians, and general abuses of human rights in the name of ‘science.'” [various formats] (09/16/19)


Trump is no dove

Tim Black

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“It is difficult to imagine Trump indulging the same lust for ethical grandstanding that underwrote the disastrous Western ventures in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Trump’s approach even has a name: America First. … Trump has no interest in the so-called neoconservative dreams of a US-led global order, or of striking liberal-democratic poses atop a fallen dictator’s statue in far-flung places. And yet, his idea of protecting American interests quickly loses all definition under the impact of the other major impulse driving US foreign policy: Trump First. This is where Trump’s much-remarked-upon narcissism, comes into play, diverting foreign policy down dark cul-de-sacs, depending on where Trump’s thirst for legacy, self-aggrandisement and, most importantly, domestic appeal leads.” (09/17/19)


The Tom Woods Show, episode 1493

Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Peter Schiff returns to answer listener questions about Trump’s economics, navigating the ups and downs of the economy, and a lot more.” [various formats] (09/16/19)


Recalling the Hundreds of Thousands of Civilian Victims of America’s Endless “War on Terror”

Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“Now that the flags are back waving from the tops of flagpoles across the country, and the maudlin paeans to the close to 3000 lives lost in the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, it’s time we gave a thought to the dead who were ignored. According to very conservative estimates, as reported by the ‘Costs of War’ project of Brown University’s Watson Institute on International and Public Affairs, nearly 250,000 civilians have been killed during the 8 years since September 2001 in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in wars or attacks that were instigated by the United States.” (09/17/19)