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Armenia: Libertarian Paradise?

Is it any wonder that Americans overwhelmingly reject libertarian politics, when libertarians suggest that we move to the Armenian model? [...]

Reason #62 not to Sell on CafePress Marketplace: Must You Sell CafePress to your Friends?

For some time now, we have recommended that conscientious Americans stop selling items on the CafePress Marketplace. Why? The online print-on-demand venue takes the image you have created and reserves the right to sell it on sweatshop-made crap — without telling you. Say it three times: “CafePress Marketplace = Sweatshop Crap.” Two more times now [...]

Owe No Astroturf Campaign Is Another Peter G. Peterson Failure

While it lectures the rest of us about the proper distribution of resources, Owe No has itself become an emblem of the failed application of resources. [...]

Billionaire Creates Fake Campus Activism Organization Called Up To Us

Peter G. Peterson is not what most people would describe as college age. Nonetheless, he has the chutzpah to by running a campus activist organization called Up To Us. If it’s really Up To Us college students, then how come senior citizen Peter G. Peterson is running the show, and why won’t he pay the students doing his astroturf dirty work for him? [...]

Be on the Lookout for… Covert Bowling Spam?

Oh, yes. Covert bowling spam. It’s out there.

We get many requests every week to promote some product or another, with promises of cash or gifts attached. We don’t take the bait; it only rewards the desperate hucksters who would turn the Internet into some base arena for self-promotion at the expense of honest ideas. [...]

Linkforce: Placing A Paid Link On Your Website for a Client that May Not Exist

This has got to be the most existentially perplexing link spam offer we’ve received at Irregular Times in some time:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am emailing you regarding the formation of a partnership with my client.

My name is Catherine Byrne and I work for Linkforce Ltd based here in UK. I would like [...]

What “Fresh Picked Tangerines” Mean to Bath and Body Works Corp.

Bath and Body Works labels this soap “Fresh Picked Tangerines”:

The complete ingredients listed on the back label of the soap:

Active Ingredients: Triclosan

Other Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sufate, Fragrance, PPG-1-PEG-9- Lauryl Glycol Ether, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Olea Europeaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, [...]

Drill Baby Drill Did Not Bring Lower Gas Prices

The Republicans promised that if the USA could just produce more oil, the price we pay for gasoline at the pump would go down. Drill Baby Drill, they urged.

The Republicans lost with this argument in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, but Barack Obama followed their advice, and instituted a Republican-style extreme expansion of [...]

The Consumption Of Robert Bocock

In 1993, Robert Bocock wrote the book Consumption, which “aims to provide a critical overview of major sociological approaches to the process of consumption in modern and post-modern societies.”

Today, if you want to get a copy of Consumption, you can buy a copy on Amazon for $499.10.

I’m not sure if that’s the [...]

The Can Kicks Back Promises to Send Your Can to Capitol Hill: Will It?

“The Can Kicks Back” calls itself a a social movement of young people who all just happened to decide on their own last year to kick-start a young movement of young people burning to tax poor people more, tax corporations less, and slash social programs.

If you believe that “movement” is real, I’ve got [...]

Market Crash! Try Out The Bitcoin Alternative!

Proponents of Bitcoin, a purely electronic alternative currency, say that their currency is more trustworthy because it isn’t directly linked to any government and isn’t muddled up with regulation and politically-motivated finance policy. Bitcoin is wild and free and libertarian. Praise be!

The federal government shutdown provides a great test of the claims of Bitcoin’s [...]