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civil asset forfeiture, police, corruption, theft

Of Loot and Leverage

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 .

Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi

And So It Begins

“Your time is up, white people,” South African politician Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi offered. This woman, who belongs to the Economic Freedom Fighters, a “far left” political party, is defending something Frédéric Bastiat would have dubbed the very worst kind of “legal plunder”: in this case, a land grab from white farmers

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Property Rights vs. Absentee Frogs

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

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Big Government Apologetics

Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

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Forfeiting Common Sense

Is it okay to steal if you can get away with it? A full answer would require a treatise. But most of us common-sensibly understand that evil does not magically become good when perpetrators are not stopped or punished. Thrasymachus was wrong to contend, in Plato’s Republic, that justice is

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The Trump Trade Enigma

President Donald J. Trump, former “reality TV” star, often seems merely to skirt reality. “Our trade deficit ballooned to $817 billion,” President Trump exaggerated to the “men and women of U.S. Steel” last week.  “Think of that. We lost $817 billion a year over the last number of years in

poison, inflation, Venezuela, socialism, free markets, capitalism

Poison Is Poisonous

Venezuela’s socialist economy has been collapsing. No big mystery. If, out of hostility to capitalism, a society keeps destroying everything that production, trade, and prosperity depend upon, the economy suffers. The benefits of markets don’t flow no matter what. One assault has taken the form of hyperinflation — runaway printing

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Working to Boost Unemployment

Some government officials work overtime to throw people out of work. What I’m referring to differs from losing your job or business because of slack performance or slackening sales. Instead, you lose the right to earn your living a certain way so that the government can benefit competitors at your

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Ortega’s Got to Go

Sometimes “if it bleeds, it leads” fails us. Only a few news outlets have given much attention to Nicaragua’s ongoing atrocities. Weeks ago, mothers of some of the 76 people, mainly students, already killed protesting despot Daniel Ortega, were leading a march demanding justice . . . “when gunmen opened

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Progress, DC-Style

Is the black, Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., actually a “racist”? What about the city council, which is 46 percent African-American, 85 percent Democrat, and 100 percent liberal/progressive? That’s what a lawsuit argues — the DC ‘powers that be’ are racist in their development and housing policies. Filed on behalf

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Wouldn’t Freedom Be … Easier?

To bake or not to bake, that is the question. Actually, the question was may a state discriminate against Christians in regulating “public accommodations”? The Supreme Court has decided, in a supermajority 7-2 ruling, that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission wrongly prosecuted a Christian baker who would not make a

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Déjà vu All Over Again

One of the stand-bys of the post-2008 mortgage finance bust, at least from left-of-center policy mavens, has been to ask: why has no banker gone to prison? They played a game of fraud and got rich. What a protected class — Cronyism! Plutocracy! Capitalism! The why is much easier to

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