Libertarian Counterpoint

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Trump's speech to Congress; Increased spending on defense, the drug war and infrastructure. No change in social welfare spending other than ObamaCare repeal and replace and cutting back regulatory agencies like EPA but not nearly enough spending cuts to pay for the proposed spending increases. Pipeline construction will almost certainly make liberal use of eminent domain. Is strong vetting a precursor to real ID and civil liberties and privacy violations? Are Iran sanctions a first step toward war? The Yemen raid was a success?

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Trump OKs Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.

Trump pushes for immediate start to building the Mexican wall.

Trump move for immediate restrictions on immigration from Islamic countries.

Trump cancels TPP, starts disengagement from NAFTA and signals "America First" trade policies. China's immediate response is rattling ICBMs. Next is a probable devaluation of the yuan.

All of the above will probably release the inflation dragon.

Interior nominee, Ryan Zinke believes in climate change, Teddy Roosevelt progressive.

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Show Three, More Good, Bad and Ugly

Good

Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, neurosurgeon, at least he's actually lived in government housing.

Energy, Rick Perry, Even though he forgot he forgot he wanted to abolish the department, he is from Texas and does know something about energy. waffles on climate change.

Bad

UN Nikki Haley, already criticizing UN on it's stance on Israel, claims Russia guilty of war crimes in Syria.

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Good

Health and Human Services, Tom Price, orthopedic surgeon, opponent of ObamaCare.

Labor, Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr., opponent of minimum wage etc.

Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, deep spending cutter.

Bad

Defense General James Mattis, tougher than Trump on Russia, more supportive of NATO, supports Iran nuclear agreement.

Homeland Security, Marine General John Kelly

CIA, Mike Pompeo, at least he wouldn't endorse torture.

Ugly

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Show One, Trump the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Good

EPA - Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General who has sued EPA and advocates dismantling large parts of it.

Education - Betsy DeVos, Amway billionaire and school choice activist.

Bad

Trade and Industry Policy Advisor, Peter Navarro, author of Death by China, trade war disaster maker.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, immigration and drug war hawk.

Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Goldman Sachs crony.

Ugly

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What is the alt-right? Do libertarians fall under this tag?

Is the planet melting? If so, what would be a libertarian approach to the problem.

Can human ingenuity and technology overcome the finite limits of Earth's biosphere? How would libertarians distribute the limited resources so as to maximize utility?

Did Nicolas Tesla invent "global warming" when he theorized about (or maybe invented) an ionospheric heater?

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Overcoming Duverger's Law (plurality elections lead to propensity for a two-party system). What is a realistic path to a more effective libertarian voice in politics?

How the proliferation of regulations makes everyone a felon.

How the regulatory state works to the benefit of big business.

How regulation cripples entrepreneurial enterprise.

How regulation creates a parasitical consulting industry.

Should government own real estate?

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Central banks, including the Federal Reserve and its counterparts in other countries at the national level and the International Monetary Fund at the global level and how their creation of phony money enables the phony war against poverty and the creation of dependent zombie voters.

Central bank phony money enabling the warfare state and defense industry parasites.

Central bank phony money enabling the war on terror and total 1984 style invasion of privacy.