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free speech, BLM, Black Lives Matter, tolerance, censorship

Force Over Persuasion

Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it “gives voice” to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked “Unsafe Spaces” event at Rutgers (“Identity Politics: the New Racialism”) was interrupted by






Colin Kaepernick, football, flag, patriotism, Trump, free speech, NFL

Off the Field

At last Friday’s event to rally support* for Sen. Luther Strange, the Mitch McConnell-financed establishment candidate in today’s GOP runoff in Alabama, President Donald J. Trump veered — as he is wont to do — off topic: the NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love






Brazil, junk food, capitalism, free markets, New York Times, folly

Evil Capitalists Hook Brazil On Eating

Have you heard the latest? More and more peoples around the world these days have the unfortunate misfortune of having adequate food — not merely vegetables either!! — thanks to the ruthlessly profit-seeking food producers and their unconscionable engagement in the division of labor, capital accumulation, and international trade. It’s






Venezuela, socialism, rabbit, embargo, free trade

Wabbit Season — or Duck Responsibility Season?

Venezuelans are starving. The country’s children are malnourished and — if something is not done soon — “it will be very difficult for these children ever to get back onto their nutritional growth curve.” That is the testimony of the director of Caritas Venezuela. Clearly, “Bolivarian” socialism has failed. And






truck drivers, regulation, over regulation, rules, overreach, Matthew Garnett

Free the Truck Drivers

Should our government liberate truck drivers from the country-wide prison in which they’re incarcerated? You say I’m exaggerating. Being metaphorical. Yes. Maybe metaphors and hyperbole are not to your taste, but suggesting an analogy, at least, is more than justified. The government does treat truck drivers like inmates . .






Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, advertising, partisan

Ad Budget Slashed

Republican politicians, who had been running since 2010 on killing ObamaCare, did not. Not when they had a chance. Despite dominating Congress, they failed, because they opted for a goofy way to do it (the House’s AHCA plan being a terrible mess, probably worse than the monster it was trying






Democratic Party, Democrats, strategy, principles, big government, leftism, donkey

Political Regroupings

What’s true for hurricanes is true for the Democratic Party. After a disaster, it takes a while to regroup, really get a handle on what went wrong. Men and women take some time to absorb new realities. A few interesting think pieces have come out of the left and center-left,






Hurricane Harvey, Cajun Navy, government relief, aid, Texas, Houston

The Eye of the Storm

Hurricane Harvey has been amazing in its devastation. All that rain, all that flooding — what  a frightening time it must be for those caught within it. While Harvey’s winds brought in waves and rain and floods, for most of us, far away and snug in our homes, it brought






Google, censorship, Boycott, Competition, free market, be evil

Google: Disagreement

Once upon a time, Google penned a stern note to self: “Don’t be evil.” What you regard as avoiding evil, though, depends on what you regard as doing good. Does Google think it’s “good” to fire someone for offering reasoned objections to vapid pieties about why there are more men






Thomas Jefferson, pixelated, Robert E. Lee, Washington, Jefferson, free speech, slavery, Nazis, Charlottesville, KKK, slippery slope

Statues and Limitations

“Should they take down the Jefferson Memorial?” That is what PBS’s Charlie Rose asked Al Sharpton. Now, the “Reverend” is not my go-to source for political insight, but his answer* caught my attention. “I think that people need to understand that, when people that were enslaved and robbed of even






Loco Micro Repression

Close but no cakewalk prize. Modern social justice advocates sometimes come up with legitimate complaints . . . only to wander off terra firma and into cloud-cuckoo land. “Microaggressions” is one of these airy wanderings, and Katherine Timpf has spotted another in the ever-growing catalog of social justice beefs: The






city planner, city planning, Portland, Oregon, Better Naito, business

How to Ruin a Thoroughfare

Cities require some planning. But the further beyond a certain minimum, the greater the ease with which a central planning authority can be captured — by zealots with more stars in their eyes than brains in their heads. Portland, Oregon, is a case in point. Students from Portland State University






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