Tag: Torture
Some Lessons from Easter
This week is the most holy for Christians, as we commemorate Jesus’ trials, scourging, crucifixion, and triumph three days later over the Roman Empire’s most fearsome weapon: death.
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Military Tribunals Are Unconstitutional
In an article in the Los Angeles Times on November 29th, “The case against military tribunals,” Judge Andrew P. Napolitano presented his opposition to military tribunals in the U.S. government’s undeclared “war on terror.” It’s a violation of the Constitution to use the panels without a declaration of war—and just calling it a “war”...
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The Audacity of Obama’s State of the Union
Last night, I suffered through Obama’s speech. I noticed the overarching theme was: in 2010, the administration will finally getting around to all it promised for 2009, as well as a whole other year worth of miracles. He begins by taking credit for saving the economy from a second Great Depression. “[W]e acted, immediately...
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Would the World Be Better Without Religion?
A Facebook friend of mine posted his response to a poll: “Would the world be better without religion?” two days ago, generating, to date, 3,627 comments—by far the most I’ve ever seen for any single Facebook posting, and remarkable for one with 481 “Friends.” While I haven’t read all of the comments, the general...
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Dave Barry’s Review of the Year 2009
Syndicated columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry’s provides an incisive and hilarious, month-by-month review of the year 2009, “Dave Barry’s year in review: 2009.” As he begins: It was a year of Hope—at first in the sense of “I feel hopeful!” and later in the sense of “I hope this year ends soon!” It...
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The Supreme Court Has Spoken: You Have No Rights
Do you believe that the government of the United States considers itself obliged by law to respect anyone’s rights? You are wrong. Read Chris Floyd’s article on a recent Supreme Court decision to let a lower court’s ruling stand, and weep your bitterest tears. If you count yourself among those who believe that this country...
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New Paper: Human Rights and Economic Liberalization
Carden, Art and Robert A. Lawson. 2009. Human Rights and Economic Liberalization, under review at Business and Politics. This paper has made the rounds at a handful of conferences and is finally available. Thanks to everyone who has offered comments and suggestions. The abstract: Using several case studies and data from the Economic Freedom...
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Original TV Production of The Prisoner Is Now Online
Especially with AMC’s flawed and disappointing, recent remake of The Prisoner, the celebrated, libertarian, metaphysical TV series that was created by and starred the late Patrick McGoohan (originally having aired from 1967 to 1968), it is great news indeed that the entire original version is now available online. As a result, here is the...
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Victims of the Tax State: The Singing Nun
Shortly after the Kennedy assassination, a most unlikely celebrity bested the Beatles on the charts. She was Sister Luc Gabriel (Jeanine Deckers), better known as “The Singing Nun.” Deckers had joined a Belgian convent in 1959. The songs she wrote and performed (particularly “Dominique,” a salute to the founder of her religious order) proved...
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Torture Renders Suspects Unfit for Trial
In a tragic piece of irony: When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all. Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh, an accused organizer of the...
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