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 | 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
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
Randall Holcombe | Monday March 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM PDT | Comments Off on Oppose Your Enemies, or Look for Common Ground?
On a few occasions I’ve used my privilege as a blogger on The Beacon to write in support of viewpoints held by people that some readers of The Beacon view as the opposition. For examples, I supported the Black Lives Matter movement for protesting police brutality, and more recently, the Resist! movement for opposing...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Constitution, Liberty, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Police, Politics, Presidential Power, Propaganda, The State
Randall Holcombe | Monday January 9, 2017 at 4:45 PM PDT | Comments Off on Another Shooting in a “Gun Free” Zone
The tragic shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6 occurred in a “gun-free” zone. Florida is one of six states that make it illegal for individuals—even those who have concealed carry permits—to carry guns in any part of an airport terminal. The killer’s motive is at this point undetermined, but he did...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Fort Lauderdale airport, Gun Control, Gun-free zones, mass shootings, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Police, Regulation, Second Amendment, Terrorism, The State
Randall Holcombe | Monday July 18, 2016 at 9:15 AM PDT | Comments Off on Black Lives Matter
My initial reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, like many old white guys, was that All Lives Matter. But recent events have changed my thinking on this. My old thinking: Racial discrimination is a reality, but race is just one of many personal characteristics on which people discriminate. Good-looking people tend to be...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Culture, Liberty, Morality, Personal Liberty, Police, Politics, Surveillance, The State
Randall Holcombe | Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on Apple vs. the FBI: Three Reasons to Side with Apple
When the story about the FBI wanting Apple to provide it with software to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino killers came out, I considered blogging about it but decided against it. The case was too clearly in Apple’s favor, I thought. Nobody would side with the government. But now I see that...
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Tags: Business, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Personal Liberty, Police, Politics, Privacy, Surveillance
Abigail R. Hall | Thursday December 3, 2015 at 4:12 PM PDT | Comments Off on Asset Forfeiture and Police Corruption
Alabama Justice Project recently accused a state police department of systematic corruption. They claim around a dozen members of a police narcotics team planted drugs, weapons, and other evidence against black suspects. Moreover, it’s been alleged that the district attorney covered up these crimes. The documents they published show that, beginning in 1996, the Dothan...
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Tags: Asset Forfeiture, Corruption, Economics, Police