Tag: Civil Liberties

The Whole Surveillance State Must Go »

The NSA surveillance scandal has awakened Americans to their dwindling privacy rights. Now is the time to stand up and consistently defend the Fourth Amendment. For years, the government has spied on all our financial dealings, our medical records, our bank transactions. Liberals shrugged because it all served to build the regulatory state they...
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Is the Drug War Toast? »

Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop. Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much...
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The Myth of the Civil Libertarian Democrat »

J.D. Tuccille has an insightful post prompted by a progressive blogger’s admonition against left-liberals working with libertarians to protest the NSA. Watson, the progressive, warns that “the presence of anti-government laissez-faire wingers at the beating heart of the privacy movement will surely sour the very political actors that movement desperately needs to make actual....
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Crisis Averted »

I guess we’re supposed to feel grateful that the congressional leadership has come around to a deal to stop the shutdown and prevent a default. The details emerge as I write this, but it looks like the compromise essentially continues financing everything until after the holidays. As for Obamacare, over which the Republicans claimed...
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The Ugly Beginning of Dodger Stadium Provides Important Property Rights Lesson »

Game three of the National League Championship Series will be played tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. TBS play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson and others often interchangeably refer to Dodger Stadium as Chavez Ravine. But they don’t explain the stadium’s ugly beginnings. Two miles from downtown Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine had been used in...
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America’s Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace »

The U.S. correctional system is the worst of America’s domestic disgraces. More people languish behind bars in the United States than in any other country, except perhaps China if we factor in the unknown numbers in labor camps. As the Economist summed it up: America has around 5% of the world’s population, and 25% of...
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They Should Change Their Motto From “To Serve and Protect” to “If You Misbehave, We’ll Beat You Up, and Maybe Kill You” »

A few weeks ago I wrote about a case in my neighborhood where the police beat up a petite woman who had an accident and was suspected of DUI. The case got no publicity until a video of the incident surfaced. The case produced lots of letters to the editor of the local newspaper,...
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The Standing Army Marches On »

When the Constitution’s Framers adopted the 3rd Amendment, prohibiting the peacetime quartering of soldiers, they had fresh on their minds the experience of the British occupation of Boston, the use of armed enforcers to conduct searches without traditionally restrictive warrants, and the overall spectacle of government officials heavily armed in a military capacity patrolling...
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The Emperor in Denial »

President Obama tries to have it both ways when talking of American foreign policy. He sold himself to the public in 2008 as a more prudential steward of U.S. power. He would avoid “dumb wars,” as he had called the Iraq fiasco in a speech years before. He would save money by bringing the...
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New California Regulation on Political Bloggers Will Chill Free Speech »

Yesterday the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved a dangerous regulation that will subject political bloggers to disclosure rules. The regulation forces campaign committees to report on their campaign finance statements the names of people they pay to post “favorable or unfavorable” political messages about “a candidate or ballot measure” on a website, blog,...
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