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Sheldon Richman is vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of FFF's monthly journal,  Future of Freedom . For 15 years he was editor of The Freeman , published by the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. He is the author of FFF's award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America's Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State. Calling for the abolition, not the reform, of public schooling. Separating School & State has become a landmark book in both libertarian and educational circles. In his column in the Financial Times, Michael Prowse wrote: "I recommend a subversive tract, Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman of the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank... . I also think that Mr. Richman is right to fear that state education undermines personal responsibility..." Sheldon's articles on population, federal disaster assistance, international trade, education, the environment, American history, foreign policy, privacy, computers, and the Middle East have appeared in the Washington PostWall Street JournalAmerican ScholarChicago TribuneUSA Today , Washington TimesInsightCato Policy ReportJournal of Economic DevelopmentThe Freeman , The World & IReasonWashington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty magazine, and other publications. He is a contributor to the  Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics . A former newspaper reporter and former senior editor at the Cato Institute, Mr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Sanders speaks on democratic socialism, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
TGIF: Democracy Can't Fix Socialism The difference between socialism and interventionism is not moral but economic and institutional. Whether politicians and bureaucrats direct our behavior directly though government ownership or indirectly through regulation of nominally private arrangements makes little difference morally. Either way, our rights and freedom are violated.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Anti-BDS Laws Violate Our Freedom Americans' free-speech and other rights are being violated by state laws aimed at stifling the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement against Israel's illegal rule of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both conquered over half a century ago.
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2019
No US-Israel Defense Pact! The American people should resoundingly let the politicians know that the proposed collective defense arrangement with Israel should be scrapped. No blood for Israel!
Al Jazeera documentary on the Israeli Lobby in the USA -- both open and hidden -- which has been suppressed for many months., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Art of the Smear: the Israel Lobby Busted The paid pro-Israel operatives, guided by Israeli government officials and embassy staff, have used social media and other channels in an attempt to destroy the career potential of student activists who work to raise Americans' consciousness about the Palestinians.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Trump and Putin: How About Getting Rid of Your Nukes? The United States and Russia remained at odds, continuing military exercises along the borders of NATO, undermining the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), upgrading their nuclear arsenals, and eschewing arms control negotiations.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 16, 2018
Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses The administration views Gaza with blinders on. Gaza is inhabited by, among others, Palestinians driven from their villages as Israeli military forces cleared the land of Arabs for the newly proclaimed Jewish state in 1948.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine Americans who rely on the establishment news media for information would not know that the Palestine-Israel story has been carefully crafted to make the Israelis look good and the Palestinians bad. Virtually every commentary assumes it is the Palestinians who must prove they are worthy of peace, security, and self-governance. The burden of proof is entirely theirs. The Israeli have nothing to prove.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2018
How an Anti-Semitic American Law Helped to Create the State of Israel and a Whole Lot of Trouble Without Wilson's war, no Versailles Treaty; without the Versailles Treaty, no Hitler; without Hitler, no Holocaust; without the Holocaust, no State of Israel; without the State of Israel, well, you get the idea. I'm not saying everything today would be sweetness and light in the Middle East. The Great Powers would have still wanted to control the oil, but the major source of strife and war would not have materialized.
From RUSSIAGATE -- Putin's Russia Helped Trump Win, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 3, 2018
The Grammar of Russiagate In the public prints and official pronouncements, it's not enough to say Russians tried to muck around in the American election. It's almost always the Russians. This is a subtle way to convey the idea that Vladimir Putin and his intel agencies were responsible. There's a big difference between Russians and the Russians, even if the grammar seems inconsequential.
From Comedy and tragedy, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 24, 2018
TGIF: The Tragicomedy of Russiagate We have a moral inequivalence on our hands. It's okay if we do it to "them" (whomever), but it's not okay if "they" do it to us. Moreover, we can do it to ourselves, but if anyone else tries it, there'll be hell to pay.
Trump's plans for military parade are all about his ego, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 11, 2018
TGIF: Raining on the Parade Some people have proposed that Trump's parade be postponed until all the wars the U.S. government is waging are finished and the troops are back home. That would indeed be an indefinite postponement, and I wouldn't want to see a parade even then. But if that's the price for ending those imperial wars, I'll take it.
Kim, Trump or Game of Thrones, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 22, 2018
Trump Versus the World Trump has a history of trafficking in racially tinged matters, from the Central Park Five to Obama birtherism. It's a little ridiculous for him to declare he is the least racist person around. Isn't it amazing that he's the most or the least of everything, always to his advantage? That's one of the hallmarks of an insecure narcissistic blowhard bullshitter.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 18, 2017
How the Government and Special Interests Thwart Economic Mobility Government intervention has far-reaching, even if unintended, bad consequences. Much of it systematically benefits the well-off at the expense of those who have not yet achieved the American Dream.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 20, 2017
Assertions, Facts and CNN Dissenting views should not be lightly dismissed merely by declaring that a government agency or a "consensus" has decided the case. The news media ill-serve the public when they take government or so-called experts assertions on faith without having those assertions tested in public.
From Flag of Israel Visit, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2015
No "Compensation" to Israel for Iran Deal Today we have a new paradigm for chutzpah: the Israeli government's demand for "compensation" from the American taxpayers for the Iran nuclear agreement. Why does Israel deserve compensation (in addition to its $3 billion in U.S. aid every year)? If anything, Israel should compensate American taxpayers!
Special Operation Forces, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2015
Abolish Special Ops Forces We are expected to trust the government that those operations of Special Ops Forces kill bad guys only. But why should we, when it has done so much to earn our distrust? It has long downplayed the civilian deaths inflicted by drones, bombers, and ground operations.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's  Speech To Congress, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2015
America Must Reject Netanyahu's War Cry On Iran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week to prepare the American people for war against Iran. He has no confidence in President Obama, and his objective is nothing less than to wreck the current negotiations and push America into a regime-changing war against Iran. Netanyahu's narrative is a fabric of lies and omissions.
'Terrorist Attack' in Paris. At least two masked gunman opened fire at satirical newspaper., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Understanding The Paris Violence Muslims and Arabs have legitimate grievances against the U.S. government and its allies -- even if some of their responses are illegitimate. These crimes must not be excused. But the way to end Muslim violence in the West is for the West to end its violence against Muslims.
Republican Elephant and Democrat Donkey, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 9, 2015
The Ominous Republican Hold On Congress The national-security state is rotten to the core, having inflicted incalculable death and misery on many foreign populations. Much hard work has to be done to free the world of this monster. In the near term, fortunately, some good things can be done at the margin -- if the new Republican majority doesn't get in the way.
Boots on the Ground, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2014
Will American Ground Troops Be Sent To Fight ISIS? Obama keeps saying that this is not just an American fight and that ground troops will not be necessary. Yet he also insists that ISIS threatens Americans in the United States. That naturally raises this question: what if the local ground troops that Obama counts on -- the Iraqi and Kurdish armies and the alleged moderate Syrian rebels -- aren't up to the job?

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