A Libertarian, Non-Interventionist Look at U.S. Foreign Policy

I am designated as the Economics Correspondent at LibertyNation.com, but I regularly opine on foreign policy. Since being hired by the website this past spring, I have criticized neoconservatives, the Democrats, President Donald Trump, NATO and many other individuals and entities.

One of my foreign policy articles landed me a spot on RT’s “CrossTalk” in July, which was my very first television appearance.

After taking a look through my catalogue of news stories, op-eds and analytical pieces on LN, I decided to list my foreign policy articles here for future reference, or if anyone wants to republish or discuss the content.

Here they are:

Is NATO a Cult That Needs to be Disbanded?

Neocons and The Left Both Want War

U.S. Sanctions Pave Road to War

War is Alive and Well Under Trump Administration

Happy Birthday CIA, Well Maybe Not

Facebook Taps Neo-Conservative Outlets as Fake News Fact-Checkers

The Neocons’ African ‘Adventures’

Are the New Cuba Restrictions Going to Work?

My First Econ Piece Published by the Mises Institute

The Mises Institute is one of the greatest organizations to introduce people of all ages to the world of Austrian economics.

Shortly following former Congressman Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential election campaign, I signed up for the institution’s economics courses. I learned a lot by reading Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises and all of the other great economists and thinkers.

What’s great about Austrian economics is that you are constantly learning something new. And, more importantly, you can solve today’s problems with this economic school of thought.

On Thursday, the Mises Institute published one of my articles on duties imposed by the U.S. government on Chinese aluminum foil. I have done a lot in my writing career, but this is definitely a great honour.

Here is an excerpt to my piece entitled “Duties Imposed Against Chinese “Dumping” Hurt American Consumers“:

For years, special interests have called on the U.S. government to “level the playing field” in the form of duties, levies, and other antiquated measures. Democrats and Republicans alike have aired their grievances over the trade deficit, grumbling about exporters hurting American workers by flooding the market with cheap goods. These complaints are deeply misguided.

Over the last decade, China has been accused of tilting international trade in its favor. Is this true? No, it is demonstrably false, as Beijing’s subsidized exports greatly benefit American consumers far more than the Chinese population.

You can’t tell that to the U.S. government, though.

In late October, the Department of Commerce announced that China dumped aluminum foil on the U.S. market, selling the goods at “unfairly low prices.”

Trade policy under Trump hasn’t been dramatically different from his predecessors, though. Who who monitor trade deals have forgotten about President Barack Obama’s 35% tax on Chinese tires and President George W. Bush’s 20% tax on imported steel.

My Coverage of Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Toronto

Remembrance Day is upon us. It is a day to remember and honour Canada’s fallen. Whatever your opinion is on war and the military, these men and women served their country, followed orders and lost their lives doing what they thought was right.

I covered multiple Remembrance Day ceremonies over the years in Toronto, whether it was at Old City Hall or Queen’s Park.

Here are some of the images I snapped:

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day in Toronto

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

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Wreaths at Old City Hall.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at the north lawn of Queen s Park in Toronto.

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10 Classic Horror Films to Watch on Halloween

Boo!

Halloween is here, and it certainly feels like it with the cold weather and expected rain during Trick or Treat night in Toronto. But if you don’t want to beg your neighbours for candy that will just give you heartburn, there’s plenty of motion pictures to enjoy.

Horror films have greatly changed in recent years. Ghouls and goblins, werewolves and vampires used to dominate Halloween movies, and they were deliciously fun to consume. In 2017, it’s more about torture porn, cheap jump scares and boring plots.

Want to give your Halloween viewing a bit of a change?

Here are 10 Halloween pictures that you should watch:

– “Black Cat” (1934)
– “The Thing” (1951)
– “The Raven” (1935)
– “Repulsion” (1965)
– “The Exorcist” (1973)
– “Hour of the Wolf” (1961)
– “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964)
– “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
– “The Hands of Orlac” (1924)
– “The Old Dark House” (1932)

A Big Thank You to the 2017 Boston Red Sox

A roller coaster ride.

That is the only way I could possibly describe the 2017 season. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

A clubhouse flu to start the season. The team’s injury woes. A horrendous July. A great August. A postseason atmosphere in an April series against the Chicago Cubs. The rise of Christian Vazquez, Drew Pomeranz and Rafael Devers. Dustin Pedroia’s continued dedication and love for the Boston Red Sox. Chris Sale’s dominance. A better-than-expected bullpen. The David Price October redemption against the Houston Astros.

Suffice to say, a lot happened from April to October.

My personal favorite moments from the 2017 season (in no particular order):

– Christian Vazquez’s home run to win the tumultuous August 1 game against the Cleveland Indians.
– Jackie Bradley Jr.’s primetime catch against the New York Yankees.
– Rafael Devers’s home run against Aroldis Chapman at Yankee Stadium.
– Red Sox 5-2 comeback against the Tampa Bay Rays in September.
– Red Sox winning the division in game 161.
– Rafael Devers’s in-the-park home run in Game 4 against the Houston Astros.

There are many more spectacular moments that likely escape me at the moment.

My wife only recently got into baseball, and she started as a Kansas City Royals fan in 2013. This year, she has become the biggest Red Sox junkie. She could not get over Monday’s loss. The Red Sox have provided a great distraction for us as we fully concentrate on having children.

So, this is now a Red Sox house.

I am only a fan, and I certainly do not have the overwhelming data and analytics expertise, but I think the BoSox should do a couple of things next year:

– Manage Chris Sale’s starts a little bit better; don’t allow him to throw eight innings and 110 pitches every start.
– Give Deven Merrero and Blake Swihart some more playing time.
– If Eduardo Nunez is healthy again, keep him for the 2018 season.
– Stick to the plan: this was an issue that was on display on Monday against the Astros by not allowing Addison Reed to come in for the eighth inning.
– Encourage Xander Bogaerts to become the clubhouse leader; you see how great of a teammate he is on the field.

(This may be just NESN, but if possible keep the three-man team of Jerry Remy, Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley.)

Despite a few questionable calls and hiccups over the years – making Steven Wright a pinchrunner, for instance – John Farrell did an admirable job in the regular season and postseason. He should not be the recipient of such vitriol as I have seen on a couple of Boston Red Sox websites . A World Series championship and two division titles are pretty good to have on your resume in five seasons.

The Red Sox suffered a string of injuries, players regressed and the schedule was grueling. With these factors in play, the team still won the division and performed well in the latter half of the American League Division Series.

I remain confident that the Red Sox will be at it again next year.

Here are a few predictions for the Red Sox 2018 season:

– If healthy, David Price will return to his old self.
– The bullpen will be even better than in 2017.
– Rafael Devers will be one of the top players in all of MLB.
– There will still be angels in the outfield.
– Rick Porcello will be mediocre, but better than this year.
– The one-two punch (Vazquez and Sandy Leon) behind the plate will be a tremendous force.
– A wild card game, but the Red Sox will have a great postseason run.

(A shout out to /r/RedSox for the hilarious nicknames: Benny Biceps, Benny Bones, Pretty Ricky, Christianity Vazquez, Jackie Bradly Jesus, etc.)

Thank you Boston Red Sox for a fun 2017 season. See you next year for my 20th season as a fan.