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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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Trying Our Souls

In Common Sense, his incredible hit pamphlet of 1776, Tom Paine appealed to “the inhabitants of America”: O ye that love mankind! . . . Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe






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What Doesn’t Fly

After the Orlando massacre, isn’t it time to get guns out of the hands of . . . licensed security guards? Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe’s largest security firm, Britain’s G4S. He passed two background






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Equal or Free?

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to force American women, in their early years, to register for the draft. Just like men have been required to do since 1980. The White House threatens to veto the bill, though perhaps on other grounds, since the bill also, in the words of Richard






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The Long Road to Citizens United

Everybody is familiar with the standard theory regarding the Citizens United decision. Former comedian and current earnest socialist Sarah Silverman puts it this way: “Every politician takes money from Big Money, ever since it was made legal with Citizens United.” Like most folks who talk this way, she doesn’t give






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Not Drafting Our Daughters?

Sometimes politicians have trouble making up their minds. During election years — with the looming prospect of voters having a say — their decision-making process becomes even more perilous. Take the idea of forcing young women to register for the draft. Young men must, under threat of five years in






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How Socialism Kills

3 Ways That Socialism Kills: state enforced redistribution requires violence (even if some participate willingly, it’s guns and gulags for everybody else) central planning produces starvation a state powerful enough to enforce socialism is an irresistible temptation to those who would abuse power All the good intentions in the world






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Return to Robbery

Last week, the crooks in Washington proved themselves nice enough to let us know that their rip-off machine is back in action. The Obama Justice Department announced the resumption of the “equitable sharing” program, whereby the Feds sing Kumbaya with state and local police while sharing the loot they snatch






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Dear Bernie: Here’s How Rights Work. . .

A new “right” that violates other fundamental rights, can’t be a right.   A healthy democracy depends on the spreading of good ideas. If you found this article useful,  please share it with friends by clicking on any of the social media icons below. Common Sense Needs Your Help! Also,






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Mr. Most Merciless

Usually, when contemplating the Office of the President of the United States, our cause for complaint is excess of power. Our country was founded on opposition to such centralized power — initially directed against King George III — and the Constitution written, in part, to allow a strong federal government






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The Ruins

We have just learned something interesting about the nastiest presidential election in American history. No, not this year’s. It’s not the nastiest . . . yet. It is about the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson beat back the Federalist Party and its Alien and Sedition Acts. The Federalists made






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Zetabytes and Zombies

Zombie government wants to eat our brains. Did I overstate this on Sunday? Most folks don’t look at the Apple/FBI controversy over digital security quite that starkly. The National Security Administration sure doesn’t see it that way. The NSA is in the “information harvesting business,” says Business Insider. And boy,






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