Tag: The State
Rushing Toward the Fiscal Cliff

Last week President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, which among other things will provide direct payments of $1,400 to many Americans, and extend a financial supplement to unemployment payments. It’s difficult to comprehend numbers as big as $1.9 trillion, but here are some ways to think about it. The US population...
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Social Media Platform Bias: It’s Their Right, But...

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have de-platformed some (most notably, Donald Trump) and have been censoring the posts of others. Google has adjusted their “search algorithms” so that left-leaning results dominate sources from the political right. I’ve seen a lot of people who lean toward limited government support government intervention to...
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Checks and Balances Are a Feature, Not a Bug, of American Government

President Biden campaigned on an agenda that would make significant changes in many public policy areas ranging from immigration policy, tax policy, Second Amendment rights, and more. This CNN article notes that the judiciary is standing in the way of the president’s immigration policy. This Wall Street Journal article notes that the divided Senate...
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Liberty’s Prospects? I’m Optimistic

I was discussing (virtually) the prospects for preserving liberty recently with a few individuals who were pessimistic about liberty’s prospects. I’m optimistic. Liberty has always been threatened by those who want the power to control the lives of others. They have a measure of success because some people don’t care enough to protect their...
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Invoke the 25th Amendment?

There has been some talk about using the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to remove President Trump from office. The Amendment enables the vice president to do this with support from a majority of “principal officers of the executive department.” This is not going to happen, but I would not...
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Democratic Institutions and the Transition of Presidential Power

Donald Trump’s power as president of the United States comes from the fact that he was elected president, not because he is Donald Trump. President Trump’s presidential power will be transferred to Joe Biden on January 20 when Biden is inaugurated as the next president. Democratic government is governed by democratic institutions and people...
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Florida’s Governor DeSantis Chooses Liberty Over Mandates

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, many governments are imposing (or reimposing) mandates, lockdowns, and in general, restrictions on business activity and personal behavior. Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stood (mostly) firm in opposing government mandates.

Court Packing: The Left’s Orwellian Redefinition

Dictionary.com defines court packing as “an unsuccessful attempt by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 to appoint up to six additional justices to the Supreme Court, which had invalidated a number of his New Deal laws.” In recent article in Harper’s Bazaar, Chelsey Sanchez writes, “Simply put, court packing refers to the process of...
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Pelosi: It Was a Setup

By now, most readers will be familiar with Representative Nancy Pelosi’s visit to a hair salon last week, in violation of San Francisco’s pandemic-generated rules prohibiting the operation of indoor salons. Lloyd Billingsley has discussed the situation in a post on The Beacon. Representative Pelosi says it was a setup, and believes she is...
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Coordination, Cooperation, and Control: The Evolution of Economic and Political Power

My latest book is titled Coordination, Cooperation, and Control: The Evolution of Economic and Political Power. The book’s ultimate conclusion is that when the same people hold both economic and political power, the result is stagnation. When the people who hold economic power are not the same people who hold political power, the result...
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