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Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

Ukraine War: Sides Exchange Drone, Missile Attacks

Source: Barron’s

“Kyiv and Moscow staged dozens of drone and missile attacks overnight, officials said Friday, leaving several wounded in Ukraine and damaging a fuel reservoir site in a Russian border region. The two sides have stepped up cross-border aerial assaults in recent weeks, with Kyiv targeting Russian energy facilities and Moscow launching retalitory barrages. Russia said it had downed 87 Ukrainian drones, of which 70 had targeted the southern Rostov region that houses the headquarters of its military operation against Kyiv. … Kyiv meanwhile said Ukrainian air defence systems had downed 24 out of 31 Russian drones and missiles fired overnight. Six people were wounded in an attack on the frontline town of Selydove in the war-battered Donetsk region, its governor said.” (06/14/24)

Standing Ovation: SCOTUS Gets It Right on Mifepristone

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Legislation has never ended, and never will end, abortion. Even totalitarian regimes like that of Romania’s Nicolae Ceauaescu have historically proven incapable of eliminating it. And trying to do it that way leads us toward such totalitarian outcomes.” (06/13/24)

In unanimous ruling, SCOTUS rejects challenge to abortion pill

Source: New York Post

“The Supreme Court unanimously rejected a bid to ramp up restrictions on access to mifepristone, part of a two-drug regimen frequently used to cause abortions. In a 9-0 ruling authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the high court concluded that the group of anti-abortion doctors who brought the case forward lacked standing to challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s prior regulatory approval of the pill. ‘Those standing allegations suffer from the same problem — a lack of causation. The causal link between FDA’s regulatory actions and those alleged injuries is too speculative or otherwise too attenuated to establish standing,’ Kavanaugh wrote in his opinion. Back in March, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the matter, justices sounded deeply skeptical about upending the FDA’s approval of mifepristone.” (06/13/24)

The Rise and Fall of American Integralism

Source: The Dispatch
by Kevin Vallier

“Liberalism has faced criticism since it emerged in the late 18th century, whether from socialists who thought it downplayed solidarity, fraternity, and equality, or from conservatives who considered it harmful to traditional institutions like the family, the local community, and the church. But by the end of the 20th century and into the 21st, liberalism had seemingly defeated its opponents. Almost everyone in the West defended liberal institutions. Take the 2012 U.S. presidential election: Mitt Romney was no illiberal right-winger, and Barack Obama was never a socialist. They both were — to different degrees, certainly — liberals. Things changed in 2016. Suddenly, immigration restrictions and aggressive right-wing approaches to the culture war became influential, if not dominant, in many liberal democracies. … These political changes brought in a new generation of anti-liberals, including some who offered radical alternatives to the liberal order.” (06/13/24)

Escalating Violence Rages across Israel-Lebanon Border for Second Straight Day

Source: New York Times

“Hezbollah replied on Thursday to Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon with a second straight day of sharply ramped-up rocket and drone assaults on Israel, in an intensifying conflict that has raised fears of a full-fledged war. How many weapons Hezbollah launched on Thursday was unclear, but the group’s Al-Manar broadcaster reported that at one point, more than 100 were fired in a simultaneous, coordinated attack aimed at several Israeli military installations. That included a number of drones aimed at Israel’s northern military headquarters, Hezbollah said. Israel’s military said in the afternoon that Hezbollah had sent more than 40 rockets across the border, but the barrage continued well into the evening.” (06/13/24)

Gradualism and the Non-Aggression Principle

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Non-libertarians can understand the immorality and wrongfulness of private robbers forcibly taking people’s money and giving it to others. Unfortunately, however, many of them are unable to see that the same principle applies to the government. Unfortunately, however, some libertarians have carved out an exception to the non-aggression principle. They hold that it is okay to violate the libertarian non-aggression principle if one is gradually reducing a welfare-state program.” (06/13/24)

Durbin reveals additional undisclosed Clarence Thomas bribes

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The US supreme court justice Clarence Thomas took at least three additional trips funded by the billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow that the conservative justice failed to disclose, the chair of the Senate judiciary committee said on Thursday. Crow, a Texas businessman and Republican donor, disclosed details about the justice’s travel between 2017 and 2021 in response to a judiciary committee vote last November to authorize subpoenas to Crow and another influential conservative, according to the committee chair, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat representing Illinois. … Thomas has previously come under criticism for failing to disclose [bribes] from Crow.” (06/13/24)

When The Powerful Control Public Opinion, Elections Aren’t Real

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“When someone says US presidential elections are rigged, there are a number of things they could mean by that. They could be claiming votes are actively tampered with to ensure a particular outcome, as Republicans commonly claimed in the 2020 election. But that isn’t the claim I’m putting forward here — even though the US does have the most dysfunctional elections out of any liberal democracy on earth. They could also be talking about how legalized corruption in the United States allows the wealthy to manipulate election outcomes and extract political loyalties via campaign donations. While certainly a well-established fact, that isn’t what I’m talking about here either. They could also be talking about the fact that it doesn’t matter who wins the election since the US president is only a figurehead who pretends to run a country that is actually ruled by unelected plutocrats and empire managers in secretive government agencies.” (06/13/24)