Tag: Civil Liberties
Sam Staley | Friday July 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM PDT | Comments Off on Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Hidden Tolerance for Gay Rights
The law has limits to changing hearts and minds.
Tags: Brett Kavanaugh, Christian, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, freedom of speech, gay rights, LGBT, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Property Rights, public accomodations, religious freedom, SCOTUS
Randall Holcombe | Monday May 14, 2018 at 3:47 PM PDT | Comments Off on A Hidden Cost of Inflation
One hidden cost of inflation is that it makes an increasingly large share of cash holdings and transactions subject to government surveillance.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Constitution, Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, Fourth Amendment, Personal Liberty, Regulation, Surveillance, The State
Randall Holcombe | Friday March 16, 2018 at 10:16 AM PDT | Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Arming Teachers
Teachers are not law enforcement officers, and as civilians under attack, they should not be expected to confront a shooter, and would almost surely be ineffective if they tried.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Firearm regulation, Gun Control, Police, Politics, school shootings, Second Amendment, teachers, The State
Randall Holcombe | Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 9:50 AM PDT | Comments Off on Iranian Unrest
As I read about the demonstrations in Iran, my thoughts turn to conversations I’ve had with Iranian citizens over the past several years.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Iran protests, Personal Liberty, Politics, The State
Randall Holcombe | Thursday December 21, 2017 at 2:31 PM PDT | Comments Off on Rule of Law: Order Versus Justice
One of the most important factors that generate prosperity is rule of law.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Law, law and order, Personal Liberty, Power, Restitution, Rule of Law, The State
Randall Holcombe | Thursday October 5, 2017 at 10:52 AM PDT | Comments Off on Black Lives Matter?
Last year I put up a blog post on the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that the movement had a valid complaint about the excessive and too often fatal use of force against unarmed and too often innocent blacks. I believe I received more comments on that post, both positive and negative, both on…
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Culture, Personal Liberty, Police, Politics, The State
Randall Holcombe | Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 9:18 AM PDT | Comments Off on Sanctuary Cities and Recreational Marijuana
Sanctuary cities deliberately refer to themselves using this confrontational terminology, indicating that they provide a sanctuary for those who are in the country illegally. They do so by refusing to aid the federal government in enforcing federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities could be less confrontational if they dropped the terminology and simply said they…
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Law, Liberty, marijuana, Personal Liberty, Politics, Sanctuary Cities, The State
Randall Holcombe | Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM PDT | Comments Off on Is Jeff Sessions Still Attorney General?
A few weeks ago I was hopeful that Jeff Sessions was on his way out as Attorney General, because President Trump didn’t like his recusing himself on the Russia investigation or the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. But that has nothing to do with my hopes for a short tenure for the attorney…
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Liberty, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Politics, Property Rights, The State
Randall Holcombe | Friday June 2, 2017 at 9:46 AM PDT | Comments Off on TSA Treatment of Gun-Toting Travelers
What happens if the TSA catches someone with a firearm at one of their checkpoints? It happens a lot. Last year the TSA found 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints. This happened to a friend of mine this week. Here’s what he told me. He and his wife were going through the TSA checkpoint…
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Firearms, Law, Police, Surveillance, Terrorism, The State, tsa
Vicki Alger | Monday April 17, 2017 at 1:23 PM PDT | Comments Off on The Real Educational Choice Debate Isn’t About Money. It’s About Government Control
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking about the future of school choice at an event hosted in Washington, DC, by the Independent Women’s Forum, featuring The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke and SAVE President Edward Bartlett. The core issue of this public policy debate is not about money. It’s about competing visions over…
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Tags: American History, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Constitution, Economics, Education, education savings accounts, educational choice, ESAs, Free Market, Liberty, Nanny State, parental choice, Personal Liberty, Politics, Power, Regulation, school choice, Socialism, The State