Archive for February, 2008
Uncle Sam’s Fifty Brothers: The Power and Promise of State Constitutions

“That’s unconstitutional!” is a cry that sparks debates in kitchens, bars, coffee houses, and court houses. The notion of a constitution runs deep and divisively in American culture, but it also unites us in a common “rights talk.” Yet how much attention do we give to the 50 state constitutions? The potential and power...
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Another Setback on Warrantless Surveillance

The Supremes have denied the ACLU’s appeal of the federal court decision that the organization had no standing to sue, since it cannot prove it has been a victim of warrantless surveillance. As the ACLU points out, this is a Catch-22, since the identities of those who have been spied upon have been kept...
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The Power of Numbers: Simplify, Simplify!

In this election cycle, I am encountering many more libertarian activists than usual, driven by Ron Paul’s “Revolution.” As the Revolution fizzles, those concerned with advancing the cause of liberty—Ron Paul fans or not—need to take stock of our “failure to communicate” (not a good thing as Cool Hand Luke found out). I have...
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Glenn Greenwald on the Surveillance State

Glenn Greenwald has been at the forefront of this issue, and now Scott Horton has done a great interview with him on the “Protect America Act” and the rise of the secret surveillance state.

The Chicago School of Antitrust

[Cross-posted at Organizations and Markets] Josh Wright of GMU Law and Truth on the Market was on our campus this afternoon to present his paper “The Roberts Court and the Chicago School of Antitrust: The 2006 Term and Beyond” (thanks to Thom for hosting). The paper provides a nice overview of the evolution of...
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The War on Fat: Mississippi Division

Busybody lawmakers actually supporting legislation to prohibit restaurants from serving food to obese customers, as defined by the state. Wow. I’m nearly speechless. I used to talk about how the logic of the drug war, the smoking bans and other nanny state policies would bring us to this day. But I expected it to...
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