More news that makes the Nobel Peace Prize look bad
Nov 20th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

How NOT to Win the Nobel Peace Prize. Enough has been said of this year’s win­ner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I’m not going to talk about him. Instead, I want to pub­licly acknowl­edge some­one who did not win but who I think deserves to be on vol­un­tary­ists’ and oth­er pro-freedom folks’ radar. Osten­si­bly, Peace Prize nom­i­nees’ names are kept secret for 50 years after they are nom­i­nat­ed. How­ev­er, we have teh Intar­webs now, and it’s a lit­tle tougher to keep a lid on infor­ma­tion like that. Word has been out for a while now that Greg Morten­son was one of the nom­i­nees for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.


Mortenson’s work for near­ly the last two decades has con­sist­ed large­ly of rais­ing funds much of the year and spend­ing a cou­ple of months each year doing field work in Pak­istan and Afghanistan where he helps com­mu­ni­ties, often extreme­ly remote and poor, build schools and train teach­ers among oth­er things. Not only did he make Korphe’s school a real­i­ty, but he has since estab­lished or helped sup­port more than 130 schools in these coun­tries serv­ing upwards of 58,000 stu­dents, both boys and girls, and pro­vid­ing an alter­na­tive to extrem­ist madras­sas that pro­mote hatred and war more than pro­vid­ing an edu­ca­tion to their stu­dents. [Fr33 Agents]

Clear­ly Mr. Mortenson’s com­plete lack of war crimes makes him unqual­i­fied for the Nobel “Peace” Prize.

Excavating the memory hole
Nov 10th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

MARK BRADY: No Sur­prise.

Why Thatch­er Defend­ed the Berlin Wall.

[Lib­er­ty & Pow­er: Group Blog]

This is indeed unsur­pris­ing. It was wide­ly report­ed in the 1980s that Rea­gan was prop­ping up the Sovi­et Union with grain sub­si­dies, although that seems to have been erased from the mem­o­ries of the Repub­li­cans who wor­ship Saint Ronald.

Gang violence
Nov 5th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Why The Inno­cent Flee From The Police. Each encounter between the police and inno­cent civil­ians is a poten­tial­ly dead­ly expe­ri­ence for the lat­ter. Thus the real ques­tion is not “Why do inno­cent peo­ple flee from the police?” but rather, “What ratio­nal per­son would sub­mit to the police if he had any rea­son­able hope of elud­ing or resist­ing them?” [Pro Lib­er­tate]

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