Posted by: quiscus | November 29, 2011

November 29, 2011

1. “Why young voters love Ron Paul

It’s not because they’re potheads. It’s because they’re sick of America’s militaristic misadventures

The laziest way to explain the counterintuitive phenomenon of youth rallying around the GOP’s oldest candidate is to insist that it’s about kids’ silly college fling with unrealistic libertarianism or that it’s about kids’ affinity for drug use — and more specifically, Paul’s support for legislation that would let states legalize marijuana. This degrading mythology ignores the possibility that young people support Paul’s libertarianism for its overall critique of our government’s civil liberties transgressions (transgressions, by the way, now being openly waged against young people), nor does the narrative address the possibility that young people support Paul’s drug stance not because they want to smoke weed, but because they see the War on Drugs as a colossal waste of resources. Instead, Paul is presented as merely a fringe protest candidate, and the young people who support him are depicted as just dumb idealists, hedonistic pot smokers or both.”

http://www.salon.com/2011/11/28/why_young_voters_love_ron_paul/singleton/

2. “Bradley Manning lawyer: White House review found ‘leak’ did no real damage

Manning’s defence team says White House inquest concluded that WikiLeaks documents had no impact on national security”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/28/bradley-manning-wikileaks-national-security

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