Alice Salles

Alice Salles has 28 articles published.

Born and raised in Brazil, Alice always knew America was her home. From the moment she first lived in the United States as a 14-year-old up until now, she has never stopped fighting to make it freer. She lives in Compton, California and writes for The Advocates for Self-Government and Anti-Media.
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What Happened To Ron Paul Supporters In The Age of Trump

To understand what is currently going on in the minds of Ron Paul enthusiasts in the age of President Donald Trump, we must first understand what Paul represented as both a congressman and a presidential candidate. We must also understand that, at the height of Paul’s popularity during the 2012 presidential campaign, Paul’s appeal was such that both tea party patriots and young, pot-smoking college students were able to come together to stand for the same candidate. By 2016, dissatisfaction with American politics had become the norm. As the tension built up, the explosive Trump campaign seemed to strike a… Keep Reading

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Congress Will Make Sure Taxpayers Keep Sending Money to Terrorists

One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation that would ban federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also ban the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support, whether… Keep Reading

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The Only Fair Immigration Policy? None At All

The immigration debate is one of contention, hurt feelings, and misinformation. Groups defending different approaches often use faulty knowledge and divisive rhetoric, all while ignoring important points being made by both sides. As a result, truth and basic moral principles are ignored — by everyone. Especially those who mean well. As explained by Mises Institute’s president Jeff Deist, national borders mark “the edge of a particular territory over which a political entity — a state — claims exclusive jurisdiction.” By definition, anything under the control of the state requires a border — physical or otherwise. Much like the market, where… Keep Reading

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Awkward: Trump’s Wall Is A Progressive Policy

‘This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress in decades — maybe ever.’’ With these words, President Donald Trump urged fellow Republicans in Congress to help him halt illegal immigration by supporting his plan to build a United States-Mexico border wall. But a wall that isn’t erected by the private land owners bordering Mexican land owners isn’t a wall. It’s government spending. And if government is spending, someone else is footing the bill. That someone is you and me. Keep Reading

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Clinton’s Curtain Call Continues: Influence Peddling Scheme Goes Bust

The curtain fell on former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s political career. And with it, so did the Clinton Global Initiative. Not a surprising development for anyone who has paid attention to her presidential campaign and the scandals involving her influence paddling schemes. According to the New York Observer and Fox, CGI is closing its main New York office, laying off 22 people. But why? Keep Reading

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Obama Failures Demand Universal Outrage, But Few Dare Speak Up

The country seems to be ready to burst into a civil war. But not over the 44th President of the United States and his legacy of war, abuse of power, and irresponsible health policies. Instead, media outlets seem to suggest that people are sick and tired of “Russian interference,” seeing President-elect Donald Trump as a foreign threat, ready to trigger the dawn of a new fascist regime. From concentration camps to the end of freedom of speech, Trump has been accused of everything under the sun. But especially, he has been accused of standing for particular policies that Barack Obama… Keep Reading

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Snowflake Generation: It’s Not Political Until It’s Personal

“There’s too much ‘presentism’ right now.” Or so says Camille Paglia, the fearless academic whose views on biology and modern culture can be called anything but trendy. Ignoring the realities of man and man’s history has been a feature in modern academia. A problem for students who are willing to engage in honest and open discussions about everything from sex to politics. But to young adults whose personal history of apathy can be traced back to their parents’ indifference to the wisdom of their elders, going off into the big, wild world for college means moving from mom and dad’s… Keep Reading

sad clinton electors
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Pretense of Knowledge: The Democrats’ Fatal Conceit

Accepting the Nobel prize in Economic Sciences, late Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek admitted that, as a profession, economists “have made a mess of things.” He was referring to the modern economist’s reliance on a pretense of knowledge. Believing economics is a physical science and that outcomes can be predicted with precision, these economists often bet on false or spotty information. The results are seldom what’s expected, and the ramifications of these policies are often destructive. Recently, the Daily Mail reported, Democrats were caught leading the effort to swing Electoral College voters away from President-elect Donald Trump in a very personal… Keep Reading

physicians, doctors, healthcare, Obamacare, patient
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Buried in Paperwork, Doctors Have No Time for Patients

As the saying goes, one stitch in time saves nine. But while physicians know this to be true, they often run out of time — and patience — to focus on their patients. Unfortunately, that’s frequently due to bureaucracy. At least that’s what this new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has taught us. Despite having long complained about the bureaucratization of their craft, physicians seem to be losing their war against the regulatory machine. Spending so much time doing paperwork is leaving the doctor very little time to focus on what matters: The patient’s health. Instead of… Keep Reading

Purtian, progressive
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Progressives As the New Puritans

In Puritan America, only church members were allowed to vote in political elections. In progressive America, talking heads want the executive branch represented only by Democrats. To those willing to participate in the political aspect of their communities at the time, adhering to pure doctrine was the only way in. And candidates were only accepted into the congregation once the minister and elders were satisfied with their conduct. Even after being made a part of the church, members would still be subject to expulsion over any conduct deviations, forcing residents to live in fear and under only one doctrine. To… Keep Reading

education, graduation, choice
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‘Hate Spaces’: The Need for Real Choice in Education

During a book-signing event, English author and self-styled atheist Philip Pullman was asked to comment on the “shocking” title of his then-new book: “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.” “Yes,” Pullman answered, “it’s a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended,” he concluded. The sentiment shared by Pullman is correct because government-sponsored protection from offensive speech should be seen as nothing but an immoral act. But in this case, the offended party could choose not to buy his book,… Keep Reading

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Arrogance, a Trademark of the Clinton Camp

Politico’s dossier on how Hillary Clinton lost Michigan to President-elect Donald Trump is complete with anecdotes from the grassroots, who often felt that the top Democrat and her minions couldn’t care less about them. Arrogance, it seems, was a trademark of the Clinton campaign. And the consequence of this flagrant disregard for the base was the best outcome the presidential campaign of an imperious candidate could get: Defeat. Leaving aside the attention this now widely known factor has received due to Politico’s coverage, it’s incredible to think that, to many, the Clinton camp’s arrogant streak was never noticeable. And even… Keep Reading

healthcare, obamacare
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Turning Health into a ‘Right’ Makes Open Access Impossible

Unlike popular belief, direct democracy started long before politicians associated with the military wing of Brazilian politics lost its battle over the hearts and souls of locals. But in the late 1980’s, the last vestiges of military rule had been wiped out. But not their policies of hyperinflation. But as a new constitution was drafted, certain positive rights were added to the final document, prompting “public health” to play an important role in the building of a new nation. “Health is a right of all and an obligation of the State,” the documented guaranteed. By late 1990, a law had… Keep Reading

the view, free speech, trump
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Joy Behar Is Free to Hate on Trump, So Why Can’t Women Hate Clinton?

On Friday, “The View” host and comedian Joy Behar asked co-hosts why does she “have to be so nice” about President-elect Donald Trump. “If [Republicans] didn’t like Obama, it was about his politics,” she added. “[Trump] is about what he said,” and because of that, Joy vowed to be “the thorn in his side as long as I breathe.” So far, so good. After all, don’t we all take pride in the fact we can disagree (somewhat) freely in the United States? The problem is that as the marriage between special interests and state power players remains in place, outlets… Keep Reading

anne sexton, live
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The Individualist Nature of Anne Sexton’s ‘Live or Die’

Traditionally, the word individualism was associated with a philosophy that contends that individuals are free, therefore granted with the ability to choose their goals and the path they shall take to meet these goals. Man, by nature, is one. Being coerced into acting according to what a group of men see as a fitting goal goes against the traditional notion of individualism. Social norms under these circumstances are mere suggestions as the individual, and only he is the owner of his destiny. But because men act with their goals in mind, they often discover that living in society while pursuing… Keep Reading

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Trump As Antidote to Partisan Favoritism

In America, a song by The Strokes’ lead singer Julian Casablancas explains, “cities come together to hate each other in the name of sport.” In politics, the sentiment is very similar — if not identical. Too often, people who identify either as conservative or liberal will bring up examples of politicians involved in wrongdoing that should not be ignored by their supporters. In response, political enemies will claim ignorance while on other occasions, they will flat-out deny any wrongdoing claim. It’s common to see these folks living in denial throughout their pet politician’s full term, ignoring calls for justice even… Keep Reading

economics, hands, politics
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‘Economics is Hard’: Groupthink is Why We’re in Such Bad Shape

In Principles of Economics, Carl Menger corrected the theoretical mistakes made by the old classical school. At the time, the founder of the Austrian School of economics seemed to want to make economics accessible to everyday people, which may explain why he exemplified the nature of economic value in his book, making sure readers understood that economics revolve around the actions of individuals. Described by many as “the best introduction to economic logic ever written,” Menger’s Principles inspired young economists like Ludwig von Mises to explore the populist nature of economics in an attempt to make the case that economics… Keep Reading

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Obama’s Audacity on Dope: A Primer On Cowardice

President Barack Obama might be on his way out, but the media’s relentless favoritism remains unchecked. In a recent interview for Rolling Stone, exiting Commander in Chief Obama told reporters he believes current federal marijuana laws are “untenable.” Adding that, while he has always stood by the notion that substance abuse should always be discouraged, he also believes that “treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.” Despite the friendly veneer and the positive response, news outlets have, for the most part, ignored the… Keep Reading

libertarian populism
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Populism Always Wins: Why Libertarians Must Take Notice

Populism, the Austrian economist and academic vice president of the Mises Institute Joseph Salerno wrote, is nothing by a strategy. It may be applied by individuals advancing both left- and right-wing ideologies, but it is seldom used by those with the right ideas. Due to its historic connection to ideologies that led to war, mass murder, and economic collapse, however, populism has been erroneously associated with bad politics. Regardless of political preferences, one thing is true: Whenever embraced by charismatic leaders, the populist approach is often the winner, whether it’s used to sell radical left-wing causes under leaders like Hugo… Keep Reading

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Scrounging for Respect in Soviet America

In his Netflix special, famed comedian Dana Carvey uses a simple analogy to explain the main difference between free market capitalism and socialism. “To me,” the former Saturday Night Live star launched, “capitalism is an Apple store.” But socialism, he continues, “is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) … [where] sweaty, pissed off workers … can’t get fired.” What’s worse, Carvey added, is that “they laugh at you … ha, ha, ha ha … ‘you got the wrong line you f***ing idiot’.” Perhaps unbeknownst to the comedian, this analogy may also help to describe a sentiment shared by any American… Keep Reading

Japanese internment camps, census, bureau, muslim registry
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Don’t Want a ‘Muslim Registry?’ Abolish the Census

People on the Internet have lost all but one of their collective screws this past week. Again. As President-elect Donald Trump met with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a potential pick for the head Department of Homeland Security — the Internet lit up with the leaked contents of their meeting, triggering another round of talks concerning a possible “national registry” of Americans or immigrants who subscribe to Islam. While Kobach’s plan involves the George W. Bush-era National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) — a system that remained in place under President Barack Obama until 2011 (only to be replaced… Keep Reading

Tulsi Gabbard, Trump, foreign policy
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Tulsi Gabbard for Trump Administration? Why the Right Should Cheer

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) — the first Hindu member of the U.S. House of Representatives — is known for standing for principles over party loyalty. A quality lacking in most of her colleagues. The former Army veteran who spent 12 months in Iraq serving as specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company, is a native of Leloaloa, American Samoa. At age three, however, Gabbard’s family moved to Hawaii. According to rumors, Gabbard could be under consideration for a post at the Defense Department, State Department, or United Nations. During a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City,… Keep Reading

Free Speech Hate Speech
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Why America Should Refuse to Be Like Germany

The fine line between protest and violence has been repeatedly crossed these past days. Despite the hostility, few of those who feel legitimately threatened seem to  be pressuring the government — or even private organizations — to monitor the Internet for “hate” or threatening speech. On the other hand, many electors feeling left out of the process due to their candidate’s loss have used the Internet to urge others to pay attention to a surge in attacks against minorities in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential win, despite the fact several instances of “Trump inspired” aggression or vandalism have mostly… Keep Reading

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Slammer for Clapper? Retiring Intelligence Chief May Belong in Jail

The current Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told a House Intelligence Committee hearing he had resigned. “I submitted my letter of resignation last night,” the scorned former lieutenant general told Congressmen Thursday, “[and it] felt pretty good,” he concluded. While the L.A. Times confirms Clapper had long pledged to retire at the end of the year, the public, as well as privacy advocates across the country, have long wondered whether lies regarding the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs would ever come back to haunt him. Now, as Clapper has only 64 more days until the end of his… Keep Reading

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Remember When the Media Sold Us the Iraq WMD Lies? It’s Happening Again

Months before President George W. Bush’s speech on September 11, 2002, the New York Times reported at the time, White House officials confirmed the Bush administration had already been “[planning its Iraq strategy] long before President Bush’s vacation in Texas” in August of that same year. The strategy was to persuade the public and Congress that the United States and its allies should confront the “threat from Saddam Hussein.” The now infamous 9/11 anniversary speech — and the speech before the United Nations following the anniversary remarks — both stressed the importance of “[ridding] the world of terror.” But before… Keep Reading

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Clinton Campaign Manager Deletes Tweets After FBI Announces New Probe

Moments after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced it would reopen the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while serving as the secretary of state under President Barack Obama, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook deleted all of his tweets. An action that wasn’t ignored by WikiLeaks. The FBI’s decision to reopen the probe appears to follow the federal investigation into the electronic devices belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former member of the United States House of Representatives and his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton. According to officials, a batch of emails… Keep Reading

Marco Rubio, wikileaks,
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Marco Rubio Warns Republicans About WikiLeaks: ‘Tomorrow, It Could Be Us’

When Australian computer programmer, publisher, and journalist Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, he wrote a piece titled “Conspiracy as Governance” in which he outlined his plan to target and destroy what he calls a true conspiracy: the political party. “Consider what would happen if one of these parties gave up their mobile phones, fax and email correspondence—let alone the computer systems which manage their [subscribers], donors, budgets, polling, call centres and direct mail campaigns,” Assange wrote in 2006. “They would immediately fall into an organisational stupor and lose to the other.” By fomenting the fear that communication tools are… Keep Reading

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Glenn Beck: ‘I know why #BlackLivesMatter matters’

During the 2016 RedState gathering in Denver, Colorado, radio host Glenn Beck gave an emotional speech touching on various subjects, from the Wounded Knee massacre to WWII female broadcaster Tokyo Rose. But when talking about the political movement known as Black Lives Matter, the conservative TV and radio personality stunned by claiming that he had finally learned why members of the movement were angry. In late 2015, Beck equated BLM to terrorism, saying “I think we need to start calling it that,” while adding that “[t]hey are terrorizing you.” But on August 12, 2016, Beck told an audience of enthusiastic… Keep Reading

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