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The Right to Discriminate Against Ellen Pao

Silicon Valley executive Ellen Pao is licking her wounds after a jury ruled against her last week in her gender-discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers. Pao had accused the firm of not promoting her because she’s a woman. The jury ruled against her by finding, as a factual determination, that she was not the victim ...

The Power of State Indoctrination

Conservatives just don’t get it. They complain about Common Core, saying that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in education. Fair enough. No problem with that position. But the problem with conservatives is that while they want to get the federal government out of education, they steadfastly want state and local governments to continue “educating” children. Conservatives fail to see that ...

Extradition Hypocrisy

A murder case in Italy stands to expose the U.S. government’s hypocritical stand on extradition, the legal process by which one country forcibly turns over a person within its jurisdiction to another country to stand trial for a criminal offense committed in the latter country. Let’s assume that John Doe, a citizen of Country A, is accused of murdering a ...

Bush’s and Maduro’s Power Grabs

The Venezuelan legislature has just granted President Nicolas Maduro’s request for emergency powers to deal with the crisis posed by President Obama’s recent decree that Venezuela poses a grave threat to U.S. “national security” and Obama’s imposition of sanctions on Venezuelan officials. Not surprisingly, U.S. conservatives are ridiculing Maduro for exaggerating the threat posed by the U.S. national-security state and ...

What If We Had Public Churching?

Let’s assume that for the past 100 years, the United States has had a system of public churching, modeled on the public-schooling system that America has had for more than a century. Under the public-churching system, there would be mandatory church-attendance laws that would require parents, on pain of fine and imprisonment, to send their children into the public-church system ...

A Great College Tour

Last week I had an awesome time on my college tour exchanging ideas on liberty with students and non-students at four colleges in Florida: Florida International University (Miami), St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg), Santa Fe College (Gainesville), and University of Central Florida (Orlando). The audiences consisted primarily of students in the Young Americans for Liberty, a nation-wide organization with ...

Another Nanny State Failure

Advocates of the nanny state are undoubtedly suffering a bout of depression over their latest failure. According to the Los Angeles Times, a legal ban on fast-food restaurants in south Los Angeles has failed to reduce obesity. In fact, it’s worse than that. While obesity has increased in all parts of Los Angeles, the increase was largest in the ...

Does It Matter Who Is Elected President?

For their entire lives, Americans living today have experienced two massive infringements on their liberty and well-being, one consisting of what we call the welfare state and the other consisting of what we call the warfare state. The welfare state encompasses coercive transfer programs, regulatory programs, and all other government programs that take care of people or subject peaceful choices ...

Conservative Blindness on Iran

In a standard conservative screed against Iran, Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg begins by stating, “It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of ‘Death to America.’ In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner.” Goldberg is wrong. In ...

Separate Charity and the State

In order to achieve a genuinely free society, the American people should be discussing and debating the following fundamental question: What should be the role of government in a free society? Once that question is asked, the following questions naturally follow: Should government be involved in the business of charity? That is, should government be forcibly taking money from people ...

How Exciting: The Birth of a New Official Enemy!

There are few events more exciting in people’s lives than the birth of a child. Similarly, there is always a tremendous air of excitement that comes with the birth of a New Official Enemy of the U.S. national-security state. This past week, the American people got to experience this exciting event in the life of the national-security state. Through an official ...

Maduro’s “Paranoia” About U.S. Regime-Change in Venezuela

Good for the Venezuelan domestic opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Although fiercely opposed to Maduro, they have come out publicly against President Obama’s meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs. According to the Washington Post, Opposition leaders, who generally are close with the United States, said they rejected the use of unilateral sanctions. “We appreciate and are grateful for the support ...
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