Tag: Criminal Justice
Sam Staley | Thursday January 25, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT | Comments Off on Review: Pro-Liberty Themes Thrive in Molly’s Game
Molly’s Game, the new film with a snappy, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (of West Wing and The Social Network fame), practically bubbles over with pro-liberty themes, from the irreverent lead character striking out on her own in an ethically suspect underground economy to the prosecutorial abuse used to coerce “Hollywood poker princess” Molly Bloom into...
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Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Criminal Justice, Gambling, Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game, movie review
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 | Friday October 27, 2017 at 1:27 PM PDT | Comments Off on The JFK Files
I’ve heard it said that “you never forget where you were when you heard that President Kennedy was shot.” I remember, but most American’s don’t because Kennedy’s assassination was 54 years ago and most Americans weren’t alive then. Like many Americans, I am convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald, the person who shot President Kennedy,...
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Tags: Criminal Justice, JFK files, Politics, Propaganda, Surveillance, 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
Sam Staley | Friday August 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM PDT | Comments Off on Review: Baby Driver’s Wild Ride With Heart
Audiences will know they are in for a wild ride the second the black wheels and red fender of Baby’s car enters the movie. And they are in for a treat. One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Baby Driver delivers fast, slick action wrapped up in a heart wrenching story of...
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Tags: Baby Driver, Crime, Criminal Justice, Edgar Wright, movie review, Violent Crime
Jonathan Bean | Thursday July 27, 2017 at 1:35 PM PDT | 0 Comments
Throughout American history, government at all levels has used race to categorize, enslave, segregate, regulate human behavior, and limit immigration with “nationality” quotas that served as substitutes for race. Categorizing by race was essential to racist agendas.
In response, classical liberal civil rights activists struggled to eliminate government-mandated racial categories. They were anything but naive: racism was real, categories or no categories, but the government stamp of approval made things worse–and caused constant mischief in the ever increasing addition of group categories in the census or in immigration statutes. The only feasible solution was the most radical one: the complete elimination of government racial categories. Individuals might discriminate but would no longer have the support of the State. With time, classical liberals felt, the irrationality of racism and xenophobia would give way to better human relations.
Tags: affirmative action, Black capitalism, civil rights, classical liberty, colorblindness, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Detroit, Detroit riot (1967), Frederick Douglass, James Forten, Louis Marshall, Loving, Martin Luther King Jr., NAACP, Police, Politics, politics of crisis, Richard Nixon, riots, Rule of Law
Jonathan Bean | Sunday July 23, 2017 at 12:53 PM PDT | 0 Comments
Fifty years ago today (July 23, 1967), the largest urban riot of the 1960s rocked Detroit for five days (July 23-28). An encounter with the police (shutting down an illegal after-hours bar), sparked looting and arson on a scale far surpassing the riots that had burned in other American cities. While such riots often started with incidents involving law enforcement, the police were ordered—again and again—to stand down and let a small minority of African Americans loot property of small business owners (both black and white).
The Detroit Riot marked a turning point in how American policymakers dealt with race. The classical liberal tradition of civil rights, with its emphasis on rule of law and equal protection (regardless of race) gave way to policies that purposely treated minorities as “protected categories” deserving of treatment not accorded other citizens.
Tags: affirmative action, American History, Black capitalism, civil rights, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Detroit, Detroit riot (1967), Martin Luther King Jr., Police, Politics, politics of crisis, Richard Nixon, riots, Rule of Law
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