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Venezuela’s New Firing Squad

We’ve watched Venezuela’s big-daddy socialism descend into dystopia: Arbitrary arrests of political opponents; An economy managed by government decree, in which inflation “may top 700 percent this year” and toilet paper, food and medicine are in terribly short supply; The once oil-rich country has become “the worst performing economy in






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Too Dangerous x 2

“If he governs consistent with some of the things he’s said as a candidate, I would be very frightened,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden says about Donald Trump. These are the words that begin an ominous television spot from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The advertisement concludes that Mr. Trump is






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Governments Against the People

Is it odd to see government employees and politicians — public servants — hold onto particular laws with a death grip? Maybe not. In Texas, municipal government employees have been working mightily to prevent citizens from repealing local ordinances. According to a report by WOAI News Radio, the Texas “State






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Two Headed Beast

More War, More Cronyism, More Corporate Give-Aways, More CrowdedPrisons, More Taxes, More Regulations, More Drug War, More PoliceMilitarization and Civil Rights Violations, More Assaults on Free Speech, More Economic Bungling, More Debt, More Control, More Corruption.  






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Population to Government, “Hello”

Government “central planning”? I’m against it. But it’s socialism, fascism, and allied isms that I oppose. I’m not against “government planning.” We could use some. Take population. When government sets up complicated institutions, like Social Security or Medicare, those institutions must match the general trend of the number and make-up






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Robert A. Heinlein on Political Labels

“Political tags such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” –Robert A. Heinlein    






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Politicians Must Suffer

Politicians make us suffer. Isn’t turnabout fair play? No. Two wrongs don’t make a right. And equal suffering is not a worthwhile goal. Nonetheless, politicians do indeed need to “suffer” — by which I mean to bear a serious and sobering cost for their service in pubic office, to view






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The Clinton Chasm

Hillary Clinton is roundly disliked by millions of outsiders, but admired by hundreds of politicians and activists. What sets her apart? She listens. Well, that’s Ezra Klein’s take in “Understanding Hillary,” an almost-believable piece of apologetics courtesy of Vox. He calls Hillary’s problem “The Gap,” though “Vast Chasm” is more






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ABC’s of Deceptive Politics

In breaking news, a major politician has promised to give important benefits to the poor and the middle class. She did not specify where those benefits would come from. But we know where they do come from: taxpayers. What this politician has done is promise to take from some to






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The Freak-out Factor

Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing






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A Private Party

Virginia delegate Beau Correll won’t cast his first ballot vote at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and won’t go to jail, either. As discussed last Thursday, at issue is a state statute requiring* delegates to vote for the plurality winner of the party’s primary. On the Republican side,






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The Return of the Philosopher King

On Sunday, at Townhall, I addressed the whining attacks on referendums and “democracy” that followed the Brexit referendum. The most outrageous? A broadside from Jason Brennan. “To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,” argues this Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of






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