Civil asset forfeiture is one of those government practices that good people, when informed of it, often express, at first, incredulity. How can something like that exist in these United States?!? Good question. One reason seems to be that very incredulity. Normal Americans trust their government not to be evil.
Just how awful are Americans? Racist and sexist “hate crimes” are all said to have ramped up since the election of Donald Trump. Wilfred Reilly took a close look, in Quillette, at the hate crime cases in Seattle, which had been reported as having increased “by 400 percent since 2012.”
If you are like me, you react to news about billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by trying to retain some composure. His recent arrest on sex trafficking charges was a long time coming, sure; and the accusations swirling around him are disgusting and alarming. But I try to
“No responsible prosecutor,” Alan Dershowitz writes in The Hill, “should ever suggest that the subject of his investigation might indeed be guilty even if there was insufficient evidence or other reasons not to indict.” Don’t I know it. The world-famous lawyer takes issue with the “statement by special counsel Robert
The logic for drug prohibition is direct: to keep people from hurting themselves with recreational drugs, we must prevent them from accessing those drugs. Voilà! There are a number of things wrong with that, though, and one is this: governments cannot even keep illegal drugs out of prisons. In California,
British freedom is eroding. The attack comes from two directions. First, there is the over-bearing police-state style, surveillance-everywhere government. Second, there is the increasing violence. Thing is, the justification for Britain’s mass surveillance, as well as for strict gun controls, was to prevent crime. Oops. So of course the Labour
Without a special kicker, why should police bother to do their jobs? The subject is civil asset forfeiture. This legal procedure makes it easy to take property from criminals. For the War on Drugs, civil forfeiture was so loosened as to allow police to take property from anyone .
Jon Caldara won’t register his guns. He also won’t remain silent about his refusal. He has lots of company in Boulder, Colorado, with respect to the former, if not the latter, form of resistance — his unwillingness to compromise his right to bear arms. The town recently began requiring owners
When an assault on individual rights achieves a certain depth of irrationality, the Supreme Court is capable of common sense. Even unanimous common sense. The 8-0 ruling in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pertains to the desire of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate over 1500
“The D.C. Council gave final approval this week to a measure decriminalizing Metro fare evasion,” The Washington Post reports, “paving the way for fare-jumping to become a civil offense punishable by a $50 fine in the District.” Talk about stopping crime “in its tracks.” Jumping the turnstile won’t be classified
“Riddle me this,” William Rainford tweeted during the big national #MeToo civil war over the Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Why would the accuser of Kavanaugh take a polygraph, paid for by someone else and administered by private investigator in early August, if she wanted to remain
Reported hate crimes are up. Last year, you may remember, major media outlets noted an alarming pattern, quoting the work of a “nonpartisan researcher” who seemed more intent on linking Donald Trump to the perceived trend than anything else. This year’s increase? Well, the most recent FBI report shows hate