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Milo Y / Anti-Milo Why-Nots

Berkeley, home to the Free Speech movement in the “olden days,” was home this week to violence and mayhem that “successfully” blocked the free and peaceful exchange of ideas. As you consider how a free people should respond, here are various voices from the scene of the crime. First, a






Torture Works?!?

The new president believes torture “works” . . . and Sen. Rand Paul disagrees: Sen. Rand Paul is correct: (a) torture doesn’t work, (b) torture is illegal, and (c) we might end up torturing innocent folks. But I oppose the use of torture for two other reasons: (d) torture is






What President Trump Says He’ll Do First

President Donald Trump has gone on record setting up his first hundred-days agenda. What’s first up? “FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” Why might that be a priority? Well, here: Inside-the-Beltway journalists tend to be clueless about the subject, of course: Pity






Liberty Under Trump

Here is a fairly long interview with This Is Common Sense’s Paul Jacob, from a recent radio show: The first 33 minutes give a pretty coherent picture of the politics of common sense today. If you stop there, no one would think ill of you.






Dan Hannan, Krist Novoselic, and an image provided by Gad Saad

Video: 2016 — best year ever?

Lots of people are saying that 2016 was “the worst.” Dan Hannan disagrees: Krist Novoselic, my colleague at FairVote.org, here gives a little talk about how we can change our democratic processes for the better. “We’re getting there,” he says, about the organization’s substantial election reform — a non-partisan variety






Video: Red Pill Diaries

Comedian and conservative contrarian Gavin McInnes rants about the way mainline Third-Wave feminists have reacted to the documentary The Red Pill. Caution: “explicit language.” Wondering about the movie itself? Here is a trailer for it: And here is Dave Rubin interviewing documentarian Cassie Jaye:






Video: The Deceptive Camera

Fake photography has mass repercussions on everyday life and experience: It is worth noting that this site, ThisIsCommonSense.com, uses obviously manipulated photos. They are often collages, sometimes sketches or Photoshop cartoons. We have tried to be pretty forthright about this practice.






Why Direct Democracy?

Last week, Paul attended an international conference on direct democracy. Listen and compare rationales: If you speak Spanish, or are a monolingual English-speaking absurdist, you might enjoy this translated version.






The Media Helped Elect Trump

From an interview on Swiss public television, Paul Jacob explains the Trump victory for concerned Europeans: An article featuring Paul can be found here: “Election upset to boost direct democracy in US.” Paul is scheduled to return to his home soil next week.






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