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Free Range Kids

Under Their Thumb

What if police grabbed your children off the street and held them for five hours? Alexander and Danielle Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, have been investigated three times. First, when their children were discovered playing by themselves in a park a block from their home. The second time when police

Ignore Leviathan

The Right to Ignore Leviathan

Charles Murray, author of Losing Ground and other controversial books, has a suggestion. For business people. Pillars of the community. Fine, upstanding citizens. Civil disobedience. He’s suggesting, says John Stossel, that we ignore the parts of government that don’t make any sense, all the nonsense in the big books of

More money for infrastructure!

That’s What They Want

The political class sings monotone, striking one note ad nauseam. The song is “Money.” One night an Amtrak train crashes, with fatalities; early the next morning a crowded chorus argues for amped-up spending on “infrastructure.” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) pled to the MSNBC lens, “Is it going to take more

Gov. Rauner

Is He Serious?

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ran for his state’s highest office while simultaneously spearheading a wildly popular initiative — a proposed constitutional amendment to place state legislators under term limits. Unfortunately, the amendment was blocked from voters. An appeals court ruled it outside the scope of the state’s initiative process, and

Crybaby Bully

J’accuse, Chisholm

Shouldn’t we imprison anyone who dares criticize the conduct of abusive public officials? Panic not. You haven’t slipped through a portal into another dimension. This is still Common Sense. I’m still Paul Jacob. Interpret the initial interrogative, above, as my sardonic paraphrase of somebody else’s sentiment — that of a

Unemployment Chimp

Chimps, Chumps, and the Minimum Wage

It’s time to talk minimum wage laws again! Confession: I tend to understand some issues on the level of logic — of, even, common sense. A prohibition (which is what a minimum wage law is, forbidding payment at a rate below the “minimum”) doesn’t spur productivity, and it’s from increased

Brothers' Keeper

The Rise in Unrest

On Monday, pushing an expansion of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, President Barack Obama gave a talk about the recent rise in racial discord. Does he ever ask himself, “Under whose watch?” When the financial system melted down in 2008, candidate Obama — not without some justification — blamed President Bush and


The Ultimate Result of Campaign Finance Regs

Last Thursday I tried to be magnanimous. Of campaign finance regulation proponents, I wrote, “I suppose a reasonable person could blanch at rich people giving money to political causes . . . if they objected to all super-rich donors.” My expectation of reciprocity was dashed at the non-reciprocal gambits of

Nepal Earthquake

Wealth Versus Disaster

Poverty kills. In “The Tragedy of Nepal,” aerospace engineer Rand Simberg explains why industry-deniers striving to block economic progress in the name of blocking “climate change” do no favor to the poorest countries of the world. Human beings cannot prevent disasters like the earthquake that recently struck Nepal. We can,

Baltimore Riots and Taxes

A Progressive Non-Solution

Urban African-American poverty is a problem, as is, increasingly, rural and urban white poverty. What can we do? Not what folks at The Nation suggest: by increasing progressivity in local taxation, adding progressivity to fines (making the poor pay less and the rich more), and the like. That’s the gist


Are They Reading This?

You’re a nice person, Gentle Reader; I’m glad to communicate with you in a public forum and listen to your responses. But we both expect limits to this mutual access. If we’re not legitimately suspected of being criminals, we expect to go about our business without strangers intruding upon us

California Drought Fish

Fishy Schemes Against Human Beings

Arbitrary governmental pricing of water — as opposed to free-market pricing — provides one major reason why it’s so hard for Californians and others to deal with drought. I’ve talked about it before. And, as before — indeed, as is so often the case when government constricts our freedom to

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