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David Beito Archive

David Beito is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute.
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ComeHomeAmerica.us Hits the Stands



The much anticipated call to arms for a left/right antiwar coalition, ComeHomeAmerica.US, is now available. The book is edited by Paul Buhle, Bill Kauffman, George O’Neill Jr. and Kevin Zeese. It includes selections from both conservatives and liberals, including the editors as well as yours truly (on the American Anti-Imperialist League), Jesse Walker, Doug...
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Higgs Comes to the University of Alabama (Liberty and Power Lectures, October 5)



I am delighted to announce that our own Robert Higgs will be appearing at the University of Alabama on October 5 to do what he does best. He will offer his legendary insights into the origins of the American Military-Industrial Complex. The talk will be in Room 205 at the Gorgas Library at 6:00...
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Blacks in Montgomery Organize Against “Eminent Domain through the Back Door”



Property owners in Mongomery, in cooperation with the Institute for Justice, are organizing a press conference for Saturday to organize opposition to the city’s demolition of homes (many owned by blacks in Rosa Parks’ old neighborhood) through “eminent domain through the back door.” Christina Walsh has a powerful story: On Imagine you come home...
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Fox News on Montgomery’s Eminent Domain Through the Back Door



In my capacity as chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights I am featured today in two Fox stories (print and television). Our committee has been investigating eminent domain as a civil rights issue. The stories describe how “eminent domain through the back door” has become commonplace...
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Neoconservatism: An Obituary?



A new book has rocketed to the the top of my already too-long reading list: Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea. It is already winning praise from across the political spectrum ranging from Richard Epstein, the distinguished professor of law at the University of Chicago to Thom Hartmann, an Air America Radio Network host....
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Michael Steele Gets It Right



The talking heads on both left and right (notably William Kristol) are dumping on Michael Steele for his recent comments on the Afghan War. He may well be forced out as RNC chair or, at the very least, compelled to apologize for his alleged “gaffe.” It would be a shame if Steele lost his...
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Making Sense on Ending the “Slavery Blame-Game”



Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has never deserved his reputation on the right as a simplistic race-baiter. His book, Colored People: A Memoir, is proof enough of this point. For this reason, and others, my sympathies were generally with Gates when he alleged abuse by the Cambridge Police Department. My main criticism of Gates was...
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General McChrystal’s Admission of Guilt



Obama’s man in Afghanistan has made an amazing admission of guilt to, dare I say, complicity in officially sanctioned murder. General Stanley McChrystal has said the following: We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat. Now, if the General would take the...
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Anarchists for Big Government



When I saw that an anarchist website was urging its members to “crash” the tea party movement, my first thought was that they might perform a worthy service. The anarchists would be in an excellent position, for example, to expose the statist orientation of many tea partiers on war and immigration. Unfortunately, the main...
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Ben Bernanke Gives Ron Paul the “Idiot Treatment” (Watergate Payoffs)



After Ron Paul raised questions about possible past Federal Reserve misdeeds including allegations of involvement in Watergate payoffs, Ben Bernanke answered smugly: “These specific allegations you’ve made, I think are absolutely bizarre.” The crowd reflexively laughed at Dr. No’s perceived looniness and pundits have already depicted his concerns as “wild” and “odd.” Well, it...
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