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Facebook Twitter Signs of the Times News for Sat, 03 Dec 2011. Electronic Privacy Information Center. - Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream. Authors: Adam Segal, Maurice R.

Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream

Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, and Matthew C. Waxman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy October 27, 2011 Editor's Note: Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Matthew Waxman, also a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is Associate Professor at Columbia Law School and member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. With companies and governments seemingly incapable of defending themselves from sophisticated cyber attacks and infiltration, there is almost universal belief that any durable cybersecurity solution must be transnational.

As a step in that direction, the British government is convening next week the London Conference on Cyberspace to promote new norms of cybersecurity and the free flow of information via digital networks. The progressive fallacy on free speech. Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone. OCTOBER 07, 2011 by SHELDON RICHMAN To Occupy Wall Street: Wall Street couldn’t have done it alone.

Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone

It takes a government and/or its central bank, the Federal Reserve System, to: No bank or group of banks could do these things on its own in a freed market. It takes a government-Wall Street partnership – the corporate state — to create such misery and exploitation. So demonstrators, you are right. Greed without political power is boorish. Sorting out the truth in politics. Alex Jones. The Cato Institute. Ideas On Liberty. Government Is Force. SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 by SHELDON RICHMAN Some pundits really don’t understand why libertarians dislike government and therefore want it to do little, if anything at all.

Government Is Force

Unable to grasp the reason, the pundits assign bad motives to those who disparage government: They don’t like poor people, or workers, or the sick, or education. But what’s so hard to understand? Government is significantly different from anything else in society. It is the only institution that can legally threaten and initiate violence; that is, under color of law its officers may use physical force, up to and including lethal force — not in defense of innocent life but against individuals who have neither threatened nor aggressed against anyone else.

That’s not a controversial description of the State. Given this unique feature, then, why isn’t everyone wary of the State? Yet if you talk about government this way, you will be eyed warily and even marginalized. Tacit Consent Routinely Hassled. Investigation. Impact. Integrity. Don't Tread On Me- When You Are Aware You Can Prepare. Ludwig von Mises Institute. To Serve and Protect — the State - Wendy McElroy. Last month, an international rights tribunal slapped America across the face through a showcase ruling that has no legal force.

To Serve and Protect — the State - Wendy McElroy

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found that Jessica Lenahan could sue the Castle Rock, Colorado, police department for its refusal in 1999 to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband. The American courts had dismissed her case. The tribunal's finding has reignited the discussion of a decades-old tragedy. But the issue is being cast as an expose of America's domestic-violence policies. It is more accurately an example of the extreme disconnect between the public and the police when it comes to preventing violence. The tribunal's ruling reveals a common confusion about the purpose of law enforcement in America. Where did this near-schizophrenic view of law enforcement come from? Back Story on the Case The case wended its way up to the US Supreme Court. Thus, the heart of Castle Rock v. What, Then, Is the Purpose of the Police?

Divide And Conquer: Are The Left And The Right In America About To Go To War With Each Other? Every single day, America is becoming a little bit more divided.

Divide And Conquer: Are The Left And The Right In America About To Go To War With Each Other?

It is probably not a stretch to say that there could be more political hatred in this country today than at any time since the Civil War. In fact, there are some very disturbing signs that the very heated war of words between the two major political parties could soon spill over into very real violence in the streets. Instead of uniting and focusing on our real enemies and on our real problems, the left and the right in America seem ready to go to war with each other.

The mainstream media and those that control both political parties love to play “divide and conquer”, and in America today we are taught to pick one political “team” and to absolutely hate those on the other side. But instead of two real choices, what we really have is a false left/right paradigm. What I am not saying is that any of us should just give up and agree with those that express views that we are 100% opposed to.

United we stand, divided we fall.