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Systemic Refocusing

Everyone comes into this world with advantages and disadvantages.  In the last century, public morality focused on the disadvantaged. Government policy changed dramatically, aiming to help those lacking many obvious advantages. But that focus got fuzzier and fuzzier as the ranks of disadvantaged people remained, even grew larger. Progress was

Betsy Devos, education, special olympics, funding, budget, debt, spending,

Make Others Pay?

Special Olympics has found a way to get kids and young adults with disabilities to feel something important: Able. Three decades ago, as part of a community service requirement, I spent one day each week working with physically and intellectually-challenged adults at Easter Seals in Little Rock, Arkansas. I loved

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Porn, Video Games and British Crime

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

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How to Know

Many people don’t seem to realize that a prohibition (banning something) is AUTHORITARIAN BY DEFINITION. Whether it’s drugs, guns, alcohol, offensive language, dangerous ideas, texting while walking(!), plastic straws(!)… authoritarians are perfectly happy to use government violence to force the rest of us behave as they wish. Because they think

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Madison on Perpetual War

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the

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Reforming Crime, Not Criminals?

“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

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Sexism and Isn’tism

Is physics sexist against women? Professor Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, argues to the contrary. At a presentation in Geneva, in front of mainly female physicists, Strumia offered evidence that showed, if anything, that it is men who are being discriminated against.  Specifically, he compared male and female hirings to

Julie Swetnick

Not an Accusation

Brett Kavanaugh’s weekend confirmation as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 50-48 Senate vote, didn’t settle the allegations of his past sexual conduct in a judicial manner. Wild disagreement remains. Many on the Left continue to believe our newest justice repeatedly lied under oath, having abused

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Google Goes Bad

Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things.  For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named

socialism, Antifa, means, ends, refutation, fascism, intentions

An Evil Ism

With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

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Mass Murderers Are Cool?

If you have a lick of sense, you wouldn’t emblazon images of Ché Guevara on your chest or your wall — and yet Ché t-shirts and posters have been a pop culture hit for decades now. He is cool, we are told, because he was ¡Viva la Revolución! and all

The Self-Neutered Congress

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee again demonstrated why Congress’s approval ratings bob about in our toilet bowls. Amid the spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, one senator spoke not about judicial philosophy, but political reality. “What’s the hysteria coming from?” asked Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), noting the circus-like

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