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Warming Up To Lukewarmism

President Trump’s proposed budget includes, among its many cutbacks, substantial cuts to the EPA’s budget and plans to zero out global warming research. Naturally, leftists are agog, agape, and apoplectic. Dogmatic faith in the catastrophic version of...

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Social Justice For Dummies

Many who champion government involvement in people’s lives and decisions purport to do so to protect the weak, the disadvantaged, the oppressed, the less “privileged,” and the more vulnerable members of society. That last category was illuminated by...

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Gun Rights Lesson #355 – Machine Guns

Pick a shoot-em-up movie, any shoot-em-up movie. Odds are that somebody’s going to have a gun that “sprays” bullets all over the place. Whether it be the Terminator, Robocop, John McLane, Hannibal Smith, Jack Bauer, or Marta from Scarface, machine...

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Cabaret, Oh Cabaret!

New York City has finally repealed its 91 year old, Jazz Age Cabaret law. The fight over the 23 skidoo goes on, vodeodo‘s specter infiltrates unchecked across the “isle of Manhatto” in its subtle wiles, but the Charleston is now free to come up from...

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Gun Rights Lesson #461 – The Mentally Ill

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We should toughen our laws to keep the mentally ill from buying guns!” As certain as the tide, a high-publicity shooting incident elicits...

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DeBlasio The Destroyer

In the wake of Bill DeBlasio’s wholly predictable re-election as the mayor of New York City (wholly predictable despite exploding ethics scandals, atrocious performance, and a “I don’t give a shit about NY City other than as a stepping stone for my...

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The Static Trap

Everything old is new again, and old tropes, sound-bites, metaphors, and talking points never quite seem to fade away into oblivion, even when they truly deserve to do so. Their re-emergence is predictable to the point of boredom, as is evinced by the Left’s...

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Terror and Terrorism

It is a difficult reality of modern political discourse that some seek to leverage high-visibility events to fit their on-going agendas. One particularly galling example of this is the effort to tu quoque those who condemn radical Islam by casting the Las Vegas...

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Oh, Catalonia!!

On October 27, the Parliament of Catalonia declared independence from Spain. There are lots of libertarian lessons therein. First: There is no political disease political violence cannot make worse. Catalan nationalism, a three century-long fact of Catalan culture,...

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Suppose You Were An Idiot…

And Suppose You Were A Member of Congress; But I Repeat Myself Thus goes a famous Mark Twain aphorism. It held true when he said it, and it holds true today. The perpetual head-scratching and WTF utterances by our Commander in Chief (who is not and has never been a...

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Social Justice For Dummies

Many who champion government involvement in people’s lives and decisions purport to do so to protect the weak, the disadvantaged, the oppressed, the less “privileged,” and the more vulnerable members of society. That last category was illuminated by...
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DeBlasio The Destroyer

In the wake of Bill DeBlasio’s wholly predictable re-election as the mayor of New York City (wholly predictable despite exploding ethics scandals, atrocious performance, and a “I don’t give a shit about NY City other than as a stepping stone for my...
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Terror and Terrorism

It is a difficult reality of modern political discourse that some seek to leverage high-visibility events to fit their on-going agendas. One particularly galling example of this is the effort to tu quoque those who condemn radical Islam by casting the Las Vegas...
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Contrarianism As Political Philosophy

Ever wonder why the Left is so adamant about defending Islam, despite the latter’s decidedly illiberal attitudes towards matters of prime importance to the Left (e.g. gay rights, women’s rights, marriage, abortion)? Ever wonder why, when a Muslim commits...
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Oh, Catalonia!!

On October 27, the Parliament of Catalonia declared independence from Spain. There are lots of libertarian lessons therein. First: There is no political disease political violence cannot make worse. Catalan nationalism, a three century-long fact of Catalan culture,...
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Always The Hammer, Never The Nail

Pay attention to the next person you encounter who advocates for socialism, in part or in whole. Or, who decries capitalism as unfair and unjust and declares that government intervention and central planning are “necessary” to correct wrongs and...
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Dogs, Creeps, and the Tribe

The Harvey Weinstein saga, so sordid that it started an avalanche of dialogue about Hollywood’s casting-couch dirty laundry, has bloomed outward into social media and the broader culture. Actress Alyssa Milano started a hashtag movement, #metoo, given women from...

Carrying Congress

Lets set the WABAC machine for just about a decade back, and contemplate some of the words that then-candidate Barack Obama offered up in his pursuit of the Presidency: I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest...

The False Edge

Comedian George Lopez made tabloid headlines today, thanks to a Trump-bashing performance that fell so flat he was booed off the stage. As the story goes, Lopez was performing at a fundraiser, a major donor asked that he tone down the Trump jokes, and Lopez apparently...

Gun Rights Lesson #315 – Arsenals

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “No one needs an arsenal! There should be limits on the number of guns someone can own or buy!!” This argument sprung forth in the aftermath of...

Viet Nam, And Beyond, In Theory

An exploration of America’s involvement in foreign wars, examined through the light provided by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s brilliant documentary “The Vietnam War,” finishing its run on PBS, is timely and should inform the debate on the Global...

Trump, From The Gut

A recent Internet perambulation brought to me an interesting assertion (can’t find it now, so I paraphrase and declare it’s not my own): Trump managed to turn the football-kneeling matter from a vague social protest into an overtly partisan issue. By...

A Virtue-Signal Soft-Shoe

Late last week, the New York Times published an expose of Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein, who, it appears, is a creep and a sexual predator who “paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades.” The Times report opened the floodgates. A number of...

What Laws Would You Pass?

The mass shooting in Las Vegas continues its hold on front pages and social media platforms, and the killer’s motives remain stubbornly unknown and mysterious. Since nature abhors a vacuum, and since this atrocity is tailor-made for the “do...

Gun Rights Lesson #804 – The Gun Show Loophole

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We must close the gun show loophole!” Most of us have heard the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” but how many of us...

Liberals and Gun Rights

Do you think Trump’s a fascist? Did you despise the Patriot Act? Do you distrust the police and other government law enforcement? Do you support Black Lives Matter? Do you side or sympathize with with Antifa? Do you believe The Handmaid’s Tale is a...

Anti-Social Media

The horror and tragedy of the massacre committed in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, a massacre that at this point stands without reason or explanation, is incomprehensible even to a society that has seen such a number of times in the past decade. So far, we have seen no...

Riots, and Who They Concern

Riot, public insurrections, activism: the definitions are as debatably charged as the modern hyper-prisms people look at politics through in this day and age, so henceforth, I’m referring to these things as “events.” Before we parse event factors or merits...

Content-Based Liberty

The NFL “take a knee” controversy, once an annoying brush fire, has turned into a full-blown conflagration, with protestations, counter-protestations, expressions of “solidarity,” gestures, regrets in both directions, and calls for systematized...

The Lost Art of Indifference

There was a time, not that long ago, where people could hear or read an opinion they disagreed with and not feel the urge to hurl insults or demand that someone silence the sharer of that nonconforming opinion. There was a time, not that long ago, where Other...

Hating Sovereignty

President Trump caused quite a stir at the United Nations the other day. His speech before the General Assembly was hailed by many and disparaged by many more. No surprise there – Trump’s not been one to mince words or soft-pedal his message. He touched on...

Baltimore Stoops To Frame

To study the patterns of media umbranoshes and outrages, it seems the more one knows the less one understands. Try to make sense of rioting in the streets over the totally justified actions of the Police in the Michael Brown shooting, versus the comparative community...

Equal In Misery

Proving that there’s no idea so terrible that a politician cannot make it worse, today’s New York Post reports a nasty little nugget about BernieCare, Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal to expand the government’s Medicare program to cover...

Zero-Sum Everything

A core premise of capitalism and free markets is that people voluntarily enter into exchanges and interactions with each other. Each does so because he believes there’s a benefit to be gained from that exchange or interaction. Thus, the benefit is mutual. It is...

Re-Electing Trump

Offering proof that there is no lesson so obvious that it cannot be ignored, today’s political and social media landscape demonstrates, time and time again, in ever more bewildering ways, that the Left hasn’t come to terms with why Trump won the Presidency...

Scarcity Pricing and Price Gouging

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and ahead of the likely devastation of Hurricane Irma, social media is awash in expressions of outrage over what is commonly labeled as “price gouging.” For the few unaware of the term, price gouging is a (derogatory) term...

Energy is Life

The preparations for Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall served to shine light on a core reality of modern life: energy is fundamental. The mass exodus out of Miami and other threatened coastal areas has taxed the regional infrastructure’s ability to provide...

Gun Rights Lesson #940 – Confiscation

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The government doesn’t want to take your guns away!” This lesson is a follow-up to Lesson #831, wherein I challenged the declaration by...

Power and Responsibility

Comic book fans will recognize the quote “with great power comes great responsibility” from the Spider-man comics (and movies). This statement, (apocryphally) uttered by Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, who was later murdered by a criminal that Parker (as a...

Hurricanes and Socialists

In appalling but typical “never let a crisis go to waste” style, big government advocates and apologists aren’t even waiting for the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston to subside before attacking conservatives’ and libertarians’...

Review: Ozark on Netflix

The deluge of original television programming, from the networks, from cable channels, from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streamers, and from innumerable other sources, is one of the great byproducts of the Internet age. But, just as the universe of information...

Anger Is A Gift?

The American band Rage Against The Machine, categorized as “rap metal” or “alternative metal,” is notable for, among other things, an overt political agenda in their songwriting. Unlike many or even most musicians who dabble in politics by...

Gatekeeper Censorship

Three years ago, I asked whether social media platforms might one day be deemed a “public good,” subject the principles of public accommodation currently applied to brick-and-mortar businesses, as well as other government mandates (e.g. those imposed on...

Boycotts and Victims

Hot on the heels of the Dunkin Donuts “doesn’t serve cops” incident, a tale that offered a teaching moment in economic liberty, comes another tale of public-space malfeasance. In this instance, a server at a high-end romantic restaurant refused to...

Socialist Relativism

Nazis suck. So do neo-Nazis, Nazi wannabes, Nazi sympathizers, and those who share the “values” of racism, oppression, broad hatred, ethnic cleansing, and all the rest of that garbage. The Third Reich and the war it started killed tens of millions of...