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  • 5 Issues (Among Many) On Which Libertarians Are On Your Side

    Are libertarians just Ayn Rand-obsessed pot smokers who want to hide their money from the tax man? That’s what many critics of the libertarian movement, and its seemingly looming moment in American history (as reported by the New York Times) would have you believe. But maybe we’re smoking that grass because we’re all too aware of what government officials do with that money (and to us all) when they get their hands on it (Ayn Rand did provide some cautionary tales, if you care to read her books).

  • Breaking: Liberals, Conservatives Say The "Libertarian Moment" Is So Far From Happening That’s It’s Not Even Funny, Man.

    As my colleague and co-author Matt Welch has noted, The New York Times Magazine has had the temerity to ask, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” (the first time it waded into such territory was in 1971, when Stan Lehr and Louis Rossetto (the latter of whom would go on to co-found Wired magazine in the early ’90s) touted libertarianism as the next big youth movement).

  • The 100th Anniversary Of The Great State Crime

    Act Two culminated in President Harry Truman’s two gratuitous atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 69th anniversaries of which are also observed this week. As has often been pointed out, without World War I (and especially Woodrow Wilson’s entry into it in 1917), there would have been no World War II — nor any of the other major consequences that inflicted so much death and mayhem to the 20th century and beyond: among them the Bolshevik Revolution, which brought Lenin and then Stalin to power; Hitler’s rise in Germany; the Holocaust; China’s fall to communism and Mao Zedong; and the Cold War. (For an example of how the world still suffers the consequences of the Act One, see my “The Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperial Fruit.”)

  • The FDA’s Idiotic Attack On ‘Added’ Ingredients

    The pattern has been repeated enough as to appear obvious. Whether it’s with added trans fat or added sugar, salt, or caffeine, the FDA’s actions are improper, inconsistent, and indefensible. The FDA’s growing crackdown on added food ingredients just doesn’t add up.

  • Police Shoot Man Holding Fake Gun—Near Fake Gun Aisle In Walmart

    However, Crawford’s girlfriend—who dropped him off at the store moments before the shooting—claims he wasn’t carrying a gun and didn’t even own one. Media reports are now suggesting that the weapon was actually a fake: an airsoft rifle, which was sold in the sporting goods section of that very same Walmart.

  • White Americans’ Support For Prison-Industrial Complex Grows With Knowledge That It’s Harder On Blacks

    A good reminder to heed the work of British sociologist Stuart Hall and similar communication scholars: Never assume your audience will take away what you intend for them to take away. Between the producing (“encoding” in Hall-speak) and the receiving (“decoding”) of a message, there’s a lot of space for conscious or unconscious fears and prejudices to meander in.

  • It’s Time For Cops To Stop Shooting Dogs

    It would be nice to call these isolated incidents. Unfortunately, they are anything but. Police officers shoot dogs with dismaying regularity. The story about Apollo ran on July 28. The next day The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported: “A DeKalb County police officer resigned Monday after coming under fire for shooting a resident’s German shepherd and then blocking the owner from taking the dog to the vet. Doctor, a 9-year-old family pet, surprised Officer David Anthony Pitts who had come to the house on Mary Lou Lane near Decatur on Thursday because of a false alarm. The officer shot the dog in the face.”

  • Amash Beats Back Crony Republican’s Primary Challenge

    Having secured the Republican nomination, Amash is all but guaranteed to be re-elected in November. Undeniable good news: It seems a libertarian Congressman can fight an uncompromising battle against big government and big business and keep his seat, after all.

  • You’ll Never Guess The Latest Business To Be Cited For Not Serving An LGBT Person

    Denver WranglerA Denver bar has been cited by the state’s Division of Civil Rights for discrimination because it refused to let a gay man dressed in drag enter. The bar is the Denver Wrangler, and despite what its name might suggest, it is not some Country Western joint. It is, in fact, a gay bar. So the state has determined that a gay bar has discriminated against a gay person.

  • Meet A Town That’s Had Enough Of Militarized Policing

    Barry Township PD Facebook pageBarry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the Defense Department’s 1033 program)—and, until recently, about three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more than a bit bent out of shape that they’ve been on the receiving end of that something.

  • Why An 1852 Novel By Nathaniel Hawthorne Is More Relevant Than Ever & Should Be Your Next Beach Read.

    I’ve got a piece about The Blithedale Romance over at Barron’s. I’m making the case that the novel is a not only a great and neglected meditation on the very essence of America as an “intentional community,” it’s actually pretty damn funny too.And Zenobia, one of the book’s flawed protagonists, is simply one of the great female characters in all of our national literature (so is the narrator, a writer-blocked poet named Miles Coverdale).

  • When A Cop Knocks On The Window, Just Drive Away (In Wisconsin)

    joker1020 / FoterFear no more that heart-in-throat moment when a police officer knocks on your driver’s side window and you think to yourself, “oh shit. Now what?” Because the answer is to just put the car in gear and cruise away—at least, if you live in Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself give people reason to assume they’ve been detained, so they’re free to go about their business.

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