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The Propriety of Cultural “Appropriation”

Young Keziah Daum committed a terrible crime. She wore a traditional Chinese dress and displayed it online. No wonder she was chastised by hordes of frothing guardians of cultural purity. Many Chinese themselves say they find the criticism baffling. Perhaps they are burdened by common sense. They are probably not

Spencer Byrd, crime, asset forfeiture, police, Chicago, law enforcement, theft, stealing, government

Guilty of Innocence

If you are innocent of a crime, should you be punished as if guilty? Despite no arrest, no trial, no conviction? If you say “Yes,” raise your hand. I see no raised hands among my regular readers. But my readers don’t include the wicked Chicago officials who impounded the automobile

draft, selective service, conscription, war, slavery, servitude, Congress, hearings

Leave Those Kids Alone

Congress created The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service “to consider and develop recommendations concerning the need for a military draft, and means by which to foster a greater attitude and ethos of service among American youth.” Is it possible that Congress and the commissioners have never considered

NRA, monolith, March for our Lives, members, gun control, guns

The Myth of the Monoliths

According to organizers of the “March for Our lives,” the National Rifle Association is wholly evil, a corrupter of democracy, a malign presence straight out of Mordor, bent upon murder — a monolithic influence responsible for every mass shooting event. The clearest expression of this is by young David Hogg,

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The Post Office Scam

The President of the United States says that the U.S. Postal Service is scamming us by offering shipping discounts to Amazon, the mail-order giant. “Post Office scam must stop.” President Trump is hovering in the vicinity of the right idea. But what about government-required discounts for shippers? Are these scams

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Ecstatic with Independence

Utah’s legislature unanimously passed it; the governor signed it — the nation’s first measure protecting what’s become known as “free-range parenting.” It was once known simply as “parenting.” Certain activities are now exempt from a state law criminalizing child neglect. Children may legally “walk, run or bike to and from

Craigslist, HR 1865, "FOSTA", Trump, Congress, censorship, liability

Unlovely Congress

If you recently tried to post a personal ad on Craigslist, the popular classified-ad site, you were in for a shock. Craigslist has suddenly discontinued all personals. You can still sell your used rototiller, but forget about telling the world you’re lost in Louisville looking for love. The company doesn’t

pre-crime, PKD, guns, gun control, shooting, Parkland, Florida, prevention, freedom

He Applied Himself

“I need to make this count,” wrote a young man in Everett, Washington. Unfortunately, it looks like he wasn’t attempting a big career-oriented project. He was planning a mass shooting. “I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can,” is one of many damning journal passages the police

asset forfeiture, corruption, police, traffic, theft, robbery, traffic stop

Thwarting Cops Who Are Robbers

“Carrying cash is not a crime,” Institute for Justice attorney Dan Alban informs us, “yet too often the government treats it like one.” Musician Phil Parhamovich learned that the hard way. He was porting his life savings, almost $92,000 — earmarked for a down payment on a recording studio —

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Winning Too Much?

“We’re Number 17!!!” This lacks a certain triumphant note. It is nothing like the “We’re Number 1!” the Swiss are now hollering as they pump their arms into the air, waving giant #1 foam fingers against the backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Actually, knowing the Swiss, they are probably a bit

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The Winds of Regulation

Among the many goofy occupational licensing laws in these United States, Arizona’s licensing for professional blow-drying services is up there with the silliest.  “Under current law, using a blow-dryer on someone else’s hair, for money, requires more than 1,000 hours of training and an expensive state-issued license,” we learn at Reason. “Blow-drying hair

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The Last Straw

How much should we fine waiters who destroy our planet? For how long should they go to jail? I don’t know where you would hold such an evildoer after the earth has been destroyed. Or where he’d go when released. But we’re speaking hypothetically. Assume that planet-destroyers can be imprisoned

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