Showing posts with label black market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black market. Show all posts

October 15, 2018


The $15 minimum wage Is turning hard workers Into black market lawbreakers

fromReason: An in-depth look at New York's car wash industry, and the real world consequences of politicians interfering with a complex industry they don’t understand.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Civil forfeiture may be over In Philly, but abuses abound across America

fromForbes: For more than a decade Philadelphia police and prosecutors ran a civil forfeiture machine that ruthlessly deprived citizens of their property as well as their constitutional rights.
Police State America

Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds

fromInsider: 80% of Americans think that political correctness is a problem. A majority of Americans in all race and age categories felt this way.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Libertarian and police accountability pages deleted in Facebook purge

fromReason: Hundreds of pages and accounts have been purged over accusations that they were "inauthentic." The page operators disagree.
Indoctrination and Censorship

How one privacy-first search engine Is benefiting from Google's mistakes

fromForbes: DuckDuckGo is a pro-privacy company taking an aggressive stance on not tracking people across all corners of the internet. One has to wonder if its product practically markets itself in 2018.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Jury nullification key to justice reform

fromQConLine: The courts and law enforcement have an incentive to arrest victims for nonviolent crimes. Here is a strategy to help focus law enforcement on their actual charge: protect society, not threaten it.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process      The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

October 11, 2018


Why your vote hasn’t mattered since 1913

fromTheDailyBell: “No taxation without representation!” That was a popular phrase during the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War. Colonists thought it was unfair to be taxed and subjected to English rule without consent.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         The Government is Not Us

Greedy hand of government guarantees cannabis black market will continue to flourish

fromMotleyFool: In California, a tax of $9.25 an ounce is levied on marijuana flower, along with $2.75 an ounce on cannabis leaves. There's also a 15% excise tax on the price of the product, along with state and local taxes.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Cops breaking Facebook rules, creating fake accounts to watch you—here’s how to spot them

fromActivistPost: A scathing new report shows that Facebook is teeming with fake accounts—created by police officers to track their adversaries. They are against the rules, but cops seemingly couldn’t care less.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make         Police State America

ACLU's opposition to Kavanaugh sounds its death knell

fromGatestoneInstitute: So why did the American Civil Liberties Union oppose a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court and argue for a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against that judicial nominee? The answer is as clear as it is simple. It is all about pleasing the donors.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Why nobody trusts the FBI… and that’s a good thing

fromTheDailyBell: When the FBI came out with a report on Hillary Clinton weeks before the 2016 election, Democrats were livid. But so were Republicans… 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Metz proposes lower tax rates, legalized marijuana and more

fromTheRedandBlack: More liberty on the ballot in Georgia.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         Individual Liberty:America's First Principle

March 27, 2016

CDC admits Rx opioid deaths ‘significantly inflated’

fromThePainNewsNetwork: So-called epidemic is wildly exaggerated. Four CDC researchers say many overdoses involving illicit fentanyl and other synthetic black market opioids have been counted as prescription drug deaths. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     Regulation Nation

FDA’s low-nicotine cigarette scheme is an invitation to black market vendors

fromReason: People will find sources for what they want no matter what presumptuous regulators say. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     Regulation Nation

Unlawful FISA spying widespread under Obama administration

fromTheEpochTimes: Relaxation of privacy policies paved the way for FBI and NSA to spy on Americans. 
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

FL students who begged gov’t to take their rights away, now angry gov’t took away their rights

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: These poor little dupes were encouraged by government to protest—and now they are getting what they asked for—less rights. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     Regulation Nation

Study: More students are getting A's, but SAT scores aren't keeping up

fromCBSNews: New research shows that 47 percent of high school seniors graduated last year with an "A" average -- up from about 39 percent in 1998. But average SAT scores fell 24 points in that same period. 
Indoctrination and Censorship

Chicago dungeon master to teach college students BDSM practices

fromTheCollegeFix: Higher education 2018. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

January 25, 2018


Things are getting worse, not better: round ups, checkpoints and national ID cards

fromRutherfordInstitute: We are not supposed to be living in a “show me your papers” society.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make   Police State America    The Government is Not Us

VIDEO: Michael Boldin - Resisting Federal Tyranny

fromRutherfordInstitute: From the Tom Woods Show, Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, joins Tom to discuss actions by states to thwart federal overreach in a variety of areas.
The Government is Not Us    Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

State lawmakers push back on federal anti-marijuana moves

fromWeedMaps: Several national polls show that voters strongly support the right of states to set their own cannabis laws without federal interference.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Greedy California politicians make sure the black market for pot will thrive

fromNewsMax: "The existing black market for cannabis may prove formidable competitor to legal markets if new taxes lead to higher prices than available from illicit sources," the report warned. And they will.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

fromTheVerge: What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?
Government is Watching Every Move You Make   Police State America

WATCH: Over a dozen cops swarm, arrest tiny girl for sitting incorrectly on the subway

fromFreeThoughtProject: An unnamed LAPD officer had reportedly asked the small woman to remove her foot 
from an adjoining seat but she didn’t immediately comply.
Police State America    The Government is Not Us

Legal Pot Causes Drug Cartel Revenues To Plummet

by Oscar Pascual. free market 1 black market 0. Marijuana legalization may have accomplished what the War on Drugs has failed to do — put the squeeze on Mexican drug cartel activity. The U.S. Border Patrol has released 2015 data showing that the number of marijuana seizures throughout the southwest U.S./Mexico border has fallen to the   ... MORE

Going To Pot? Canada Leads Way In Legalizing Marijuana

by Michel Comte. Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows when he admitted to having dabbled in marijuana while a member of parliament, but his pledge as prime minister to legalize pot has been broadly cheered. He said in a policy speech on Friday that his Liberal government would introduce legislation as early as 2016 to legalize marijuana, making Canada  ... MORE

Heroin And Prohibition Are A Lethal Combination

by Jacob Sullum.     After the esteemed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February 2014, press coverage of the "heroin epidemic" exploded. Mentions of that phrase in the newspaper and wire service articles cataloged by Nexis rose from 681 in 2013 to 3,222 in 2014, an increase of almost 400 percent. Yet Hoffman—who by his own account used ... MORE

Charles Seeburger: 10 Facts About The Economics Of Weed

From black market to free market. From the legal markets thriving in states like Colorado and Washington, to the underground trade that generates billions of Mexican cartels, the economics of weed are crazy. Ganja. Smoke. Dro. Chronic. Spliffage. The names are as varied as the opinions about it: from rather innocuous plant, to cure all, to   ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Prohibition Kills

Government bans make drugs more dangerous.  Remember the guy who bought 80-proof vodka that turned out to be 190-proof Everclear and died from alcohol poisoning? Probably not, because that sort of thing almost never happens in a legal drug market, where merchants or manufacturers who made such a substitution, whether           ... MORE

John Stossel: Law And Border

How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder! America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive   ... MORE

J. D. Tucille: After Silk Road, Illicit Online Marketplaces For Drugs & Weapons Are Growing, With More To Come

Voluntary exchange without permission is innovating. Well, the online marketplace for illicit goods' competitors and successors live, anyway. The original Silk Road and its operator were taken down by the United States federal government in an over-the-top campaign that featured stunningly corrupt federal agents. Beyond its    ... MORE

How Marijuana Taxes & Restrictions Recreate Prohibition

by J D Tucille.   Are you a government official who yearns for the good old days of marijuana prohibition? Do you feel out of place in an era of voter-approved legalization, grow clubs, and pot shops? My, how the world has changed! But you can feed your nostalgia for busts and streetcorner deals even while "respecting" the public's desire to legalize       ... MORE

Drug War Update: Man Facing Felony Murder Charge For Telling An Acquaintance Where He Could Find Marijuana

by Matt Agorist.   Does it matter that he did nothing morally wrong? Kyler Carriker is a loving husband and a father whose life could be ruined because of the ridiculous nature of the state’s war on drugs. According to Carriker’s family, on April 17, 2013, Carriker and a friend had finished work and were headed out to go fishing. They were stopped by  ... MORE

High Cigarette Taxes May Be More Harmful Than Smoking

by Jonathan Nelson.    The incentives created by government. New York's cigarette taxes are the highest in the nation, at $4.35 per pack. Some New Yorkers naturally will seek to avoid cigarette excise taxes. People are tempted to buy cigarettes in a low-tax state such as North Carolina and sell them in New York, says Jonathan Nelson.   ... MORE

Marijuana Legalization: Bad For The Cartels, Better For All

by Hillary Bricken.        Marijuana legalization has already led to many benefits in the United States, ranging from increased tax revenues to decreased cannabis use by minors. Marijuana legalization is also putting a dent into what the Department of Justice calls the “greatest organized crime threat to the United States,” the Mexican drug cartels.    ... MORE

Top Brits Call On The U.K. To Decriminalize Drugs

by Carly Schwartz.    British businessman Richard Branson and U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have advocated for drug policy reform in the past. But experts say their op-ed calling on the U.K. to end the war on drugs, published Tuesday in The Guardian, is especially noteworthy as British elections near. "Doing this in advance of the election is     ... MORE