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  • Washington, corruption, big government, too much government, book
    Bring Back the Eunuchs?

    “Everybody knows that ordinary Americans are a bunch of idiots,” a Health and Human Services official told Benjamin Ginsberg. “Why do you need to do a survey to find that out?” Actually, he was not surveying Americans for their IQs and knowledge levels. He was surveying Washington insiders. Like her.

  • term limits, senate, house, Congress
    Promises & Limits

    Last year, Americans — everywhere from Montgomery County, Maryland, bordering the nation’s capital on the east coast, to sunny Santa Clara, California, on the west coast — voted to impose term limits on their elected officials. There were 40 separate local votes to enact term limits or, conversely, measures put

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    The Solution is Simple. . .

    Elections matter, after all. In fact, these days they matter too much. In the wake of the 2008 election, writer Jerry Pournelle observed: “We have always known that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It’s worse now, because capture of government is so much more important than it once was.

  • The Trump Apocalypse
    Townhall: Get Over It

    Partiers party, protestors protest, rioters riot, and reasoners . . . go to Townhall and read the latest Common Sense column from Paul Jacob. Particularly impassioned reasoners might wish to return for more perspective: CNN: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address NPR: President Trump’s Inaugural Address, Annotated Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Address

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    What President Trump Says He’ll Do First

    President Donald Trump has gone on record setting up his first hundred-days agenda. What’s first up? “FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” Why might that be a priority? Well, here: Inside-the-Beltway journalists tend to be clueless about the subject, of course: Pity

  • Price, Warren, hearings, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Price
    We Demand Inefficiency

    It’s all about the money. Well, that is what Senator Elizabeth Warren believes. Grilling Republican Congressman Tom Price, the physician turned congressman Donald Trump picked to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Warren demanded that Price answer a simple question: would he swear on a stack of medical books

  • Trump, president, inauguration, democracy, election, protest
    Don’t Trump the Gun

    The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as a doozy. The Trump win was a surprise, even shocking many of his supporters. But the most obvious lesson we learned pertains to the modal Obama-Hillary voter. Well, make that lessons. Plural. Today’s most vocal Democrats don’t seem to understand

  • Mexico, oil, nationalize, socialism, neoliberalism
    Oil’s Bad that Ends Bad

    Sometimes socialism seems reasonable. Emphasis on “seems.” Take natural resource socialism. Ores and oil are “just there in the ground” and “belong to everybody.” So it “just makes sense” that “the people” should “own” the mining and drilling and refining industries, and run these operations to share the profits to

  • David Roland, Freedom Center of Missouri, Girl Scouts, Jennifer
    crime and punishment
    The Man from Freedom

    In the Show-Me State, an attorney is showing us government held accountable. He leaves folks inspired about their freedom, wondering . . . who was that masked attorney? Well, no. Against my advice, he won’t wear a mask to court, nor leave behind silver bullets. (He says they’re too expensive.)

  • black, father, racism, children, race
    The Damage Done

    In his Washington Post op-ed, “The dangerous myth of the ‘missing black father,’” Mychal Denzel Smith argues that “responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression.” He asks: If black children were raised in an environment that focused not on bemoaning their lack of fathers

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    Townhall: Term Limits vs. Corruption

    Fighting corruption in government is a never-ending task. But it looks like there are certain institutional practices that can help us, year in, year out. Click on over to Townhall for the latest lesson in this ancient wisdom, pried from newspaper headlines. Then come back here for those headlines: Arkansas

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    by Paul Jacob
    Liberty Under Trump

    Here is a fairly long interview with This Is Common Sense’s Paul Jacob, from a recent radio show: The first 33 minutes give a pretty coherent picture of the politics of common sense today. If you stop there, no one would think ill of you.

  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at- the- trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia
    Common Sense
    A Tree Fell In a Forest

    It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,

  • Tom Woods
    Common Sense
    Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

    Nullification begins with the axiomatic point that a federal law that violates the Constitution is no law at all. It is void and of no effect. Nullification simply pushes this uncontroversial point a step further: if a law is unconstitutional and therefore void and of no effect, it is up

  • Hillary Clinton, Podesta, list, quota, illustration
    The Shadow of Incompetence and Racism

    Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Hillary Clinton . . . Out from the Land of Might Have Been blurps the “news from nowhere” as to what Mrs. Clinton’s cabinet would have been. Some are calling it the “ghost cabinet,” the sadder version of a shadow cabinet.

  • Arkansas, corruption, term limits, Jon Woods, GIF
    Politicians Bearing GIFs

    Yesterday, we discovered that the biggest term limits opponent in Arkansas — former state senator Jon Woods — also allegedly led an elaborate legislative fraud scheme, whereby he and a state representative traded tax dollars for cash bribes. For now, Woods is an unindicted co-conspirator. But last week, the representative

  • Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal, Independent Citizens Commission, Senator Jon Woods
    Hog-Wild Corruption

    Former Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal pled guilty last week to a felony charge of conspiring “with an Arkansas state senator to use their official positions to appropriate government money to certain nonprofits in exchange for bribes.” Neal, who embraced graft his first month in office, received $38,000 in “legislating-around”

  • Tom Paine
    Tom Paine’s Pamphlet

    On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

  • Obamacare, ACA, Healthcare, reform, replace, policy, insurance
    free trade & free markets
    Best Plan Is No Plan

    “Republicans would create chaos in the health care system because they are stuck,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “between a rock and a cliché.” Oh. Off by a word or two. But I don’t need to fix it. What needs to be fixed is the whole system. “Head clown”*

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    Townhall: ObamaCare, Dead Plan Walking

    Just how deep in whose mess are we in? Click on over to Townhall for an answer. Then come back here. Melanie Hunter, CNS — Schumer: GOP Plan to Repeal Obamacare ‘Will Make America Sick Again’ AM New York — Trump’s Tweets: ObamaCare Was a Lie, Schumer Is Democrats’ Head

  • Greenwald Interviewed on Democracy Now
    Greenwald on Fake News @ the Post

    Begins with Assange, continues with Greenwald:

  • fake news, media, lies, journalism
    Fake News Friday

    Thirty-three years past 1984, we’re living in an Orwellian world of “fake news.” In November, the Washington Post informed readers that a “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during [the] election,” proclaiming a conclusion reached by “independent researchers.” The Post story noted, “There is no way to know whether

  • Term Limits, Paul Jacob, Donald Trump
    Trump’s Trump

    President-Elect Donald J. Trump wasn’t my choice. Yet, as with any president of these United States, I say: work with him when he’s doing right. And Mr. Trump is doing right by pushing Congress to vote on term limits. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day

  • chained, West Virginia, poverty, welfare,
    Town, County, Stasis

    The savvier economists (and intellectuals like Steven Pinker) like to remind us that it is progress that must be explained; poverty is natural. But when you see poverty settle in like an infestation of slime mold, staining a whole modern city or region, you begin to wonder. As Ron Bailey

  • education, parents, children, Virginia, freedom
    Parents in Context

    Consider the intersection of freedom and decontextualized fragments. The specific “decontextualized fragments” in question appear in great and not-so-great works of literature, assigned in public schools for young adults to read: a graphic rape scene in Toni Morrison’s Beloved; racial slurs in Huckleberry Finn; sex, violence. “Virginia regulators are drafting

  • Thomas, Sowell, intellectual, race, Common Sense
    general freedom
    The Pattern Here

    Thomas Sowell, who retired from his syndicated column last week, may be the greatest public intellectual of our time. Though he is “an original,” an iconoclast, his work is best seen as the carrying on of a tradition. Or two. Consider his most famous research area: race. An African-American, Sowell

  • Trump cocktail
    Townhall: Terrorists in Plain Sight

    Should we “err on the side of security”? We shouldn’t err at all. That gets us nowhere. And unthinkingly sticking to failed notions of security is not helping avoid mistakes. Click on over to Townhall. Then back here for more intel. The Intercept: From Paris to Boston, Terrorists Were Already

  • Dan Hannan, Krist Novoselic, and an image provided by Gad Saad
    Video: 2016 — best year ever?

    Lots of people are saying that 2016 was “the worst.” Dan Hannan disagrees: Krist Novoselic, my colleague at, here gives a little talk about how we can change our democratic processes for the better. “We’re getting there,” he says, about the organization’s substantial election reform — a non-partisan variety

  • terrorism, surveillance, privacy, fingerprint, targeted, illustration
    In Plain Sight

    The Berlin terrorist attack just a little over a week ago fit a noteworthy pattern. German authorities had investigated Anis Amri — the Tunisian man who drove that large truck into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and wounding 56 others — and found “links with Islamic extremists.” Later killed

  • Rockettes, democracy, inauguration, Trump, media, entertainment, illustration, association, voluntary
    ideological culture
    Democracy — Oh, My!

    The President-elect has had some difficulty booking celebrity acts for his inauguration. And instead of taking this as a cue to trim down on celebratory excess, his team has extended the guest performer list to include New York’s world-famous chorus line dancers, the Rockettes. The leggy, sequined showgirls might seem

  • Tampa, initiative, corruption, Mayor, Mike Deeson, Mayor Bob Buckhorn
    Rules for Rulers?

    Politicians in Tampa, Florida, have forced citizens there to vote for term limits, and then vote to keep those term limits again and again — against attempts to repeal or weaken the limits. So I keep my eye out for news from the city. Earlier this month, Mike Deeson, an

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture, crime, drugs, marijuana, stealing, theft, police abuse
    Stealing Now Unpopular

    Civil asset forfeiture is stealing. So, why is it still happening? Police seize boats, cars, houses and cash that they allege were used in the commission of a crime or were proceeds from the crime. Sometimes they simply take cash found on a motorist in a normal traffic stop, claiming

  • horse before the cart, strategy, Democrats, Clinton, backwards, voters, white, Trump
    Common Sense
    They Don’t Need No Stinkin’ White Men?

    All informed, concerned adults should vote. If they want to. Yes, I am all for ballot access, and suggestions that we must minimize the vote in any election elicit a shiver: calls for voter participation reduction give me the creeps. But that does not mean that every push for increased

  • Christmas, Common Sense, American, freedom, Paul Jacob, patriotic, citizen, illustration, Christmas Card
    Townhall: This Old Man’s Wish List

    Merry Christmas! Oh, and before you get too comfortable, click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for more nog: The Sentinel: Ficker surprised by size of term limit win U.S. Term Limits: Municipal Election Results (2008-2014) Time: See How Donald Trump’s Proposed Term Limits Would Eliminate Half of

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    by Paul Jacob
    Video: Christmas 2016

    A holiday message from Paul Jacob:

  • Christmas, Common Sense, American, freedom, Paul Jacob, patriotic, citizen, illustration, Christmas Card
    general freedom
    Capturing Christmas

    The festival of Hanukkah begins tomorrow at sundown; Christmas is on Sunday. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time to spend with family and friends, to appreciate what’s most important in life. And maybe even to forget about politics for a bit. But remember one political or

  • gun, control, gun control, freedom, Confucius, disarm, defense, Mencken, illustration
    crime and punishment
    The Truth About Gun Control

    Confucius said that our first task is to “rectify the language.” That amounts to word control, but we probably should not take that too literally. We cannot “control the language.” Instead, we should take caution: error often rests upon improper word choice. Take as an example not word control, but

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Common Sense
    Mary Shelley

    All judges had rather that ten innocent should suffer than that one guilty should escape. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Victor Frankenstein of Justine Moritz in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), Ch. 8

  • pendulum, noose, politics, left, right, change, Republicans, Democrats
    general freedom
    Whack the Bob

    It’s a truism in politics: the pendulum swings. Now, around the world, we see a deep swing rightward: Brexit, and the collapse of Britain’s Labour Party; Donald Trump, and the routing of the Democrats; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turnaround on Muslim refugee acceptance; and, in France, the rise of the

  • woman, female, doctor, gender, medicine, illsutration
    ideological culture
    Ditch Your Male Doctor

    It’s the Christmas season, so wait to do this until the New Year, but . . . be sure to fire your male doctor. He’s a quack. At least, that seems to be the gist of James Hamblin’s “Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors,” a report in The Atlantic

  • electoral, college, election, voting, popular, Hamilton, illustration
    media and media people
    Conscience Clear?

    Today the Electoral College meets to elect the 45th President of these United States. But if they fail to cast the required majority for a candidate, the contest goes into the House of Representatives, where each state gets one vote — Wyoming and California equally weighted — and a state’s

  • Hillary Clinton, incoherent, Donald Trump, foreign policy, presidential
    Townhall: Electoral College Daze

    When will it all end? Paul Jacob’s diagnosis, prognosis, and ag(ony)gnosis on Townhall. Click on over, then come back here for the wrap up: Washington Post: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House U.S. Government Archives: About the Electors YouTube: Unite for America TV

  • Andrew Klavan
    Video: Klavan on “Fake News”

    Author and satirist Andrew Klavan has some words about Brian Williams and “fake news” and much, much more.

  • watchers, watchmen, media, fake news, fact check, illustration
    The Revenge of the Gatekeepers

    We saw glimmerings last year when Twitter began to selectively enforce “policy” against some (Milo Yiannoupolis) and not against others (the hordes of leftists who threatened to assassinate Donald Trump). You could see it in Hillary Clinton’s campaign; after Trump won, it loomed to eclipse all reason. And on Thursday

  • fake news, congress, ministry of truth, censorship, illustration
    Common Sense
    Effrontery Propaganda?

    Buried within another, more innocuous-sounding piece of legislation*, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act passed the U.S. Senate last week. Introduced in March, the corresponding House bill is still in committee. Designed to “counter foreign disinformation and propaganda,” especially but not limited to Russia’s, the law, if enacted, would set

  • Michael Savage, police, murder, killing,, justice, Bernie Sanders
    Savagely Killing Conversation

    “You think the police deserve to be killed?” That’s what talk show host Michael Savage asked his caller yesterday. What brought that on? A self-described liberal woman named Teri had called The Savage Nation. Though not a Trump supporter, she “did not have the antipathy for him that most liberals

  • Trump, protest, conservative, centrist, right, illustration
    government transparency
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Reform

    Going into the presidential race, last year, Donald Trump was far from a typical Republican. His rich man braggadocio, his prior support for abortion, and much else, put him culturally at odds with the social conservative wing of the GOP. He dared heap scorn on neoconservative foreign policy strategy, sacrosanct

  • spy, spies, intelligence, agency, 17, Hillary Clinton, Russia
    Seventeen, Again

    The first I heard of an actual enumeration of federal “intelligence agencies” was from Hillary Clinton. In the final presidential debate, she claimed that the truths spilling out of the Podesta emails had been revealed courtesy of Russian hackers, and she knew this because all 17 U.S. “intelligence agencies” had

    Townhall: The Russian Hack Cracked?

    If it is the inside story you want, click on over to Townhall. Paul Jacob has received a special briefing. Click back here for public information: Washington Post: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House New York Times: Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump

  • Cassie Jaye
    Video: Red Pill Diaries

    Comedian and conservative contrarian Gavin McInnes rants about the way mainline Third-Wave feminists have reacted to the documentary The Red Pill. Caution: “explicit language.” Wondering about the movie itself? Here is a trailer for it: And here is Dave Rubin interviewing documentarian Cassie Jaye:

  • RIchard, Feynman, science, ignorance, experts, meme
    education and schooling
    The Ignorance of Experts

    Richard Phillips Feynman May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which

  • Scott Pruitt, EPA, Global Warming, Climate Change, illustration
    ideological culture
    Climate Change Assertions

    I know Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA; he replaced the egregious Drew Edmondson as Oklahoma Attorney General. Pruitt seems like a good man. But Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) says different. “Mr. Pruitt’s record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also .

  • Karl Popper, meme, science, settled
    “Settled Science”

    Sir Karl Raimund Popper  (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. “The game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do

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    More Forced Registration

    Voting’s a right, not a duty. So voter registration and actual voting should be made easy. But I’m not for mandating that people vote, or for registering them involuntarily. Which is why I oppose the Automatic Voter Registration Initiative (AVRI), an indirect Nevada initiative that state officials just announced has

  • wind, turbine, boondoggle, wind power, climate
    Common Sense
    A Futility Triptych

    Port Angeles is a quaint town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in Washington State. It now sports three state-of-the-art wind turbines. Which were purchased with more than just generating electricity in mind. “They were also meant to educate folks about wind power,” City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch said recently.

  • draft, register, registration, woman, Paul Jacob, resistance,
    crime and punishment
    For Genderless Freedom

    When President Obama announced last week that he wants my daughter to register for the draft — as a symbol of the nation’s commitment to gender equality and a “ritual of adulthood” — believe me, I noticed. Sure, the symbolism rings hollow, I wrote at Townhall. The president is on

  • global warming, climate change, skeptic, Pielke, science, illustration
    A Hailstorm of Orthodoxy

    Don’t worry, scientist Roger Pielke, Jr., informs us. He is doing fine — he has tenure. It is too bad, though, that he no longer works in climate science. He was drummed out of that endeavor by journalists, big-monied foundations, and the White House. Are you skeptical? Well, drill down

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    Townhall: Obama’s New Rite

    Our lame duck president seems intent on making waves on his way out of the pond. Not all those waves seem designed to flood the world with freedom. Click on over to Townhall, for the latest affront to freedom and the American Dream. USA Today: Obama supports registering women for

  • Daniel Bonevac
    Video: The Deceptive Camera

    Fake photography has mass repercussions on everyday life and experience: It is worth noting that this site,, uses obviously manipulated photos. They are often collages, sometimes sketches or Photoshop cartoons. We have tried to be pretty forthright about this practice.

  • Carrier, crony, cronyism, Trump, corporate, illustration
    Crony Carrier

    Sure, I’ve complained about the over-the-top anti-Trump bias of much of the mainstream media (which may actually have improved Trump’s public standing). But, today, I enthusiastically celebrate that supercilious slant. Why? Because it means much of the media amazingly finds itself on the right side, panning the recent deal to

  • Romney, Trump, crow, corruption, dinner, illustration
    United States of Corruption

    When Hillary Clinton assured her insider sponsors (as we learned through WikiLeaks) that there would be a crucial difference between what she tells the people and what her actual policies would be, she was not merely admitting to a private and a public face. The President is legally, and by

  • identity, diversity, politics, individualism, rights, individual, illustration, crowd
    ideological culture
    Diversity, Identity, and the Liberal Implosion

    “To paraphrase Bernie Sanders, America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals’ damn bathrooms.” Finally. Some sense from the New York Times. Mark Lilla, in “The End of Identity Liberalism,” delivers a valuable lesson about political correctness — without once mentioning the term “political correctness.” Now this is a

  • Donald Trump, media, journalism, twitter, tweet, direct, illustration
    Prestige, Trump & the Media

    “Donald Trump’s election has really undermined America’s democratic prestige in China,” offered Claremont McKenna College Professor Minxin Pei on a recent hour of The Diane Rehm Show, public radio from our nation’s capital. When Pei added that it has “set back the prospect of democracy in China for years,” Mrs.

  • Castro, death, Cuba, Communism, freedom, illustration
    Tyranny’s Days Are Numbered

    Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator for half a century, died Friday night. “Although Castro was beloved by a legion of followers,” The Washington Post acknowledged, “detractors saw him as a repressive leader who turned Cuba into a de facto gulag.” Many on the American left — especially in Hollywood —

  • Washington Post First Oage Castro Dead
    Townhall: That Man Is Dead

    Start carving the headstone, inscribe the death date: The dictator is dead. Long live his opposition. Bury the man in the ground. And click on over to Townhall for the obit, coming back here for more dirt: Glenn Miller: When That Man is Dead and Gone Lyrics Playground: When That Man

  • Paul Jacob on Swiss Public TV
    by Paul Jacob
    Why Direct Democracy?

    Last week, Paul attended an international conference on direct democracy. Listen and compare rationales: If you speak Spanish, or are a monolingual English-speaking absurdist, you might enjoy this translated version.

  • Christmas, Black Friday, family, values, trample, hypocrisy
    free trade & free markets
    In the Black

    “Black Friday,” reads a meme making the social media rounds. “Because only in America [do] people trample each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they already have.” Thankfulness is vital, I agree. But I’ve been up at the crack of dawn to “cash in” on Black

  • pilgrims, socialism, communism, thanksgiving, sharing, shirking, illustration
    Thanksgivings, 1623 AD

    The Pilgrims we were taught about in school deserve a Paul Harveyesque “Rest of the Story” treatment. Most students were not told about how they tried communism before they wised up, though I actually had a teacher who made a point of it. Yes, initially, the “community” owned everything, and

  • fashion, government, suits, illustration
    ideological culture
    Don’t Dress for Excess

    Undoubtedly, men have it easy in several ways that women do not. Take something only seemingly trivial: clothing. When men need to dress to impress, the answer is simple: a suit. There is not really a lot of variety here, and little is required of a man in his choice

  • currency, money, binary, electronic, cash, illustrattion
    general freedom
    Inconvenient Cash?

    Everywhere I turn these days, I am hearing something about the push to get rid of cash. Yes, cash. Greenbacks. Federal Reserve Notes. You might think that getting rid of cash is a no-brainer. Cash makes up only 11 percent of the money supply. Most of the money stock is

  • Spain, Paul Jacob, Common Sense, initiative, democracy
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Irony in Spain

    When I arrived at the Donostia-San Sebastián City Hall, in the beautiful Basque Country of Spain, I wondered what all the ruckus was about. There were hundreds of noisy protesters waving long, colorful banners. My goodness, how interesting to witness acts of political agitation on the public square in another

  • Global Forum
    Townhall: An American Abroad

    Paul Jacob was in Europe last week, at a conference. Which was not without its ideological conflicts — on the streets. Click on over to Townhall, then come back here for street-ready ideas. Wikipedia: Pablo Soto 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy Open Government community on Joinup: Madrid participation

  • Paul Jacob on Swiss Public TV
    by Paul Jacob
    The Media Helped Elect Trump

    From an interview on Swiss public television, Paul Jacob explains the Trump victory for concerned Europeans: An article featuring Paul can be found here: “Election upset to boost direct democracy in US.” Paul is scheduled to return to his home soil next week.

  • government, bathtub, Venezuela, illustration
    general freedom
    The Venezuela Chaos

    I have friends who call themselves anarchists. Their theory? Government is always merely an open conspiracy of some to live at the expense of others. Republicanism, on the other hand, proposes that if we limit government, we can hone it down to the level where there is no conspiracy, and

  • bubble, Trump, election, reasons, explanations, illustration
    ideological culture
    Double Bubble America

    The “unexpected” Donald Trump presidential victory has put the folks at The Gray Lady a bit out of sorts. Heather Wilhelm at the National Review pokes and prods at the absurdities of the New York Times’s cultural cluelessness. And ably enough. So I’ll stick to The Times’s recent “six views”

  • web, crime, virus, government, illustration
    Virtually Useless

    Here is something I don’t quite understand about us moderns — we, oh-so-sophisticated citizens of the world; we who say that government is instituted to help us . . . but often we expect almost no real help when it comes to even the basics. Take this very “virtual” venue:

  • Elizabeth, Warren, bogeyman, government, anarchist, illustration, meme, Common Sense
    ideological culture
    Warren and the Bogeyman State

    “…the bogeyman government is like the bogeyman under the bed. It’s not real. It doesn’t exist.” —Elizabeth Warren   Citation:

  • Protect Yourself, limited government, meme
    Fear and Freedom

    “If Libertarian Gary Johnson doesn’t win the presidency,” I posted to Facebook last Monday, “I’m leaving the country.” Well, Johnson didn’t win. And I wasn’t kidding. I’m writing this from a Parisian café. Of course, I was also tongue-in-cheek, since — spoiler alert! — I am coming home next week.

  • ranked choice, vote, voting, democracy, clown, illustration
    Votes Without Poison

    Strange election. So . . . round up the usual suspects! Immediately after Hillary dried her tears and conceded, out came the Tweets, then the analyses: the “third parties” are to blame! Over the weekend, I focused* on one such election post-mortem. The basic idea is not altogether wrong: minor

  • Hillary Clinton
    Townhall: No More Wasted Votes, Poisoned Elections

    “You start out not wanting to poison the outcome, and you end by poisoning your soul.” But there is a way out. Click on over to, for one of the more interesting stories-behind-the-story of last week’s election upset. And then come back here, for more information and perspective: “Third-party

  • Gary Johnson and the Libertarians
    The Hillary Loss, Are Libertarians to Blame/Thank?

    O, the Trump win was a thing to behold! Maybe you are like us here at Common Sense, and did not vote for the man. But you did not vote for Hillary Clinton, either. So, are you to blame? Er, thank? There were plenty of Jill Stein voters. And many more

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    Common Sense
    The Kettering Hope

    Maybe President-Elect Donald Trump can whip Washington into shape. We can hope. And help. Especially on congressional term limits. But remember: local political fiefdoms can oppress as harshly as the Feds. So . . . who is whipping your town into shape? Well, welcome to Kettering, Ohio. Just months ago,

  • Donald Trump, term limits, president, first, illustration
    Term Limits Trump

    Entering his campaign’s homestretch, underdog Donald J. Trump gave an important speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He emphasized his support for term limits in what he called his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” “[R]estoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington” is the top item on Trump’s agenda, along

  • Donald, Trump wins, media, failure, illustration
    Indecency Abounds

    The most indecent aspect of this bizarre election year? The “grab them” comment . . . from a decade ago? The lies about lies about lies? The “debates”? Maybe not. Maybe it’s the infamous “mainstream media.” Last week I wrote about the most obvious case, that of Donna Brazile and

  • Constitution, voting, democracy, Ed Crane, fear
    The Wisdom of the Founders

    “At a certain point, you have to let go for the democracy to work,” President Barack Obama told HBO’s Bill Maher last week, praising “the wisdom of the founders.” “There has to be fresh legs,” he continued. “There have to be new people. And you have to have the humility

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