Free Talk Live, 06/15/24

Source: Free Talk Live

“What is Porcfest? :: House passed bill :: Which country are we going to war with first? :: Pine tree riot flag protest update in New Hampshire :: Banned books in Florida :: Gell-mann Amnesia :: Don’t put your kids in government schools :: We should be free to buy tanks if we want :: Roger Ver arrest and crazy aspects of it :: Trump thinking of libertarians? :: Would the Ukraine war have happened if Trump was president? :: How were Bush and Gore even different? :: 2024-06-15 Hosts: Bonnie, Colin, Kumo.” (06/15/24)

What the Swiss “peace summit” can realistically achieve

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Anatol Lieven

“The Ukraine ‘Peace Summit’ in Geneva this weekend is not really a summit and is not really about peace. The agenda has been scaled back to discussions of limited measures aimed not at ending the war, but at softening some of its aspects. Outside Europe, very few international leaders are attending — including President Biden, who is sending Vice President Kamala Harris and national security adviser Jake Sullivan instead. Of the 10 points in the Ukrainian government’s ‘peace plan,’ only three will be formally discussed — though President Zelensky will presumably still seek to promote all of them at the meeting. Ukraine’s demands for complete Russian military withdrawal, war crimes trials, reparations for war damages, and security guarantees have all been omitted from the agenda.” (06/14/24)

Dead Man’s Hand: Betting on Biden and Trump

Source: CounterPunch
by Matthew Stevenson

“Since presidential voting leads to such unhappiness (Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six races, but it has hardly slowed them down), perhaps the Constitution should be amended so that the winning candidate is the one with the best betting odds at midnight on election night? Maybe to lend the exercise the air of republican virtue, the Electoral College — in making its decision — could weigh all of the major online betting sites, such FanDuel, DraftKings, and Bet365.” (06/14/24)

Equalize, or Minimize?

Source: EconLog
by Kevin Corcoran

“Suppose you live in a world where there is a military draft. In addition, let’s stipulate that a military draft is unjust. (If you’re in favor of a draft and find yourself resisting the thought experiment on those grounds, just substitute the draft for some other policy you would consider unjust.) However, not every citizen is eligible for the draft. Only half the population can be drafted. Let’s say the basis for who is eligible is something completely arbitrary – those who were born on even numbered days are eligible to be drafted, while those who are born on odd numbered days are exempt from the draft. Let’s say that ending the draft is outside the Overton window – there is no realistic chance this policy can be revoked. However, you are in the unique position of being able to modify the draft with some kind of executive order.” (06/14/24)

How to End the War in Gaza

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Amid all the recriminations tossed back and forth in the current Gaza imbroglio, the obvious solution for a lasting peace has been overlooked. It’s a solution that has been used before with much success. And it can be used again. But first a short lesson from history.” (06/14/24)

Haiti: Regime to replace offical gang’s top shot-caller in effort to counter rival gang violence

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“The newly installed government in Haiti has announced the replacement of the head of the beleaguered national police force, in the latest effort to respond to [rival] gang violence in the crisis-wracked country. Police chief Frantz Elbe will be replaced with former chief Rameau Normil, the prime minister’s office has confirmed. The move comes as Haiti’s new prime minister, Garry Conille, has faced increased pressure to strengthen the Haitian National Police. The force has remained woefully underfunded and ill-equipped despite being at the forefront of the battle against powerful armed [rival] gangs in the Caribbean country.” (06/15/24)

Of 15s and the Man

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Our commander-in-chief has obviously contemplated whether or not ‘We, the People’ are capable of replacing or ‘tak[ing] out’ the current regime, should Mr. Biden and his administration ‘get out of line.’ He doesn’t think we can do it. Because Joe has F‑15s at his disposal and … well, we do not. As with many issues, however, our president is sorely mistaken. You see, unlike the citizenry of most countries, Americans united have a firepower advantage over our government. That is the way it should be — how, with the Second Amendment, our founders designed the system.” (06/14/24)