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Twitter, freedom, social media, bluebird, government, internet, speech

The Owners of Twitter Have Rights

Roger Stone is suing Twitter for kicking him out. Without saying exactly why they booted him, Twitter implies that the reason is abusive language. For his part, Stone accuses the social media giant of targeting right-wing tweeters while letting left-wing tweeters off the hook for the same or worse alleged






Halloween, Southern Poverty Law Center, lynching, doxing, racism, hate speech

The New Ortho-Doxing

“What a nice Halloween,” my wife remarked as we turned out the lights.  Well, not in nearby Oakton, Virginia, where Jamie Stevenson walked past her neighbor’s home last Saturday and saw “a racist display.” “She knew it was a Halloween decoration,” the Washington Post reported. Heedless, she contacted her homeowners






great fiction, government, citizen, initiative, term limits, Paul Jacob

The Great Faction

Politics isn’t a pretty business. Frédéric Bastiat called the beast it serves “that great fiction” not because it doesn’t exist — intrusive state power sure persists — but rather because what it promises cannot really happen: “everyone living at the expense of everyone else.” What can we do? How do






labor unions, Membership Renewal, Supreme Court, force, coercion, signing, scab, membership

Union Dues, Don’ts

You may soon be able to shred your union card — if you are careful. By “you” I mean You, the reluctant union member. If you’re not one, though, perhaps you know somebody who is, someone who’d be happy to learn that the Supreme Court is on the verge of






Antifa, violence, Berkeley, free speech, fascists, alt-right, alt-left

Alt-Comparisons

“There is no comparison,” concluded Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan, after spending her entire column doing just that, i.e. comparing Antifa, the so-called “alt-left,” with Nazis and white supremacists, the so-called “alt-right.”  When Trump spoke about Charlottesville violence on both sides, Sullivan argued, “He was comparing things that aren’t the






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






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






Seattle, distracted driving, texting, overreach, government, freedom, eating, drinking, liberty

The Minimal Use of a Finger

Drivers in Washington State have a new law to . . . swerve from? “New distracted driving law starts Sunday, July 23,” the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted last week. “The law forbids,” Washingtonians were told,  “virtually all use of handheld gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptop computers






Tom Woods, Contra Krugman, podcast, healthcare, welfare,

According to Economics

“Everywhere you look, economics is despised,” writes Tom Woods in his Tuesday email letter. You know what isn’t despised? A daily email letter.* But I digress; back to economics. “The gimme-free-stuff people hate it because they don’t like being told that there might be undesirable side effects from seizing other






Jeff Sessions, AG, Attorney General, asset forfeiture, civil, Trump

The Police State Is in Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to make himself one of the biggest threats to your liberty.* President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General just promised to encourage police departments to seize the personal property (cars, houses, cash) of criminal suspects. The practice is called asset forfeiture. It comes in






Obamacare, healthcare, single payer, Ryancare, Trumpcare, government, Affordable Care Act

The Worst Is the Enemy of the Cure

You’ve heard the adage: “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” This can be true in politics, where opposing an ameliorating reform because it is not ideal means, sometimes, getting stuck with unmitigated policy disasters. But there’s a corollary: in politics the worst is likely to emerge . .






robot, machinery, Ludd, Luddites, anti-technology, socialism, efficiency, government

Mr. Jetson, Call Your Office

Increasingly, people are worrying about robots. They’re taking our jobs, we’re told. Soon, all we’ll have left are robots. Massive unemployment! While some find this scenario utopia and bliss,* it sounds dreadful to me. Silver-plated lining is, I doubt it. This kind of worry about technology making laborers obsolete has






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