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When It Comes to Legislation, Reading Should Be Fundamental

"Congress is gradually moving toward having only one bill per year," former congressman Justin Amash (L-MI) tweeted recently. And that bill will have "everything stuffed into it, negotiated by just a few congressional leaders, completely behind...

 

Help Wanted: The Labor Shoe is on the Other Foot

"I'm a small business owner," someone identified as "Andy" writes to syndicated advice columnists J.T. and Dale, "and I can't believe how many people just don't want to work anymore. ... my business is suffering, because I can't get employees." My...

 

Military Vaccine Mandate: A Teachable Moment

On August 25, two days after the US Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 vaccine, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered "full vaccination of all members of the Armed Forces." Cue outrage and objection. Some...

 

Biden's Vaccine Mandate Isn't About COVID-19

"We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin," US President Joe Biden said on September 9 as he announced his plan to require more than 80 million private sector American workers to consent (sic) to a COVID-19 vaccine, or submit to weekly...

 

COVID-19: Technocracy Flowered, and Failed

History is littered with social and political movements which, while failing to survive as movements, largely achieved their goals. The Prohibition Party's national conventions could take place in a phone booth these days, but its disastrous single p...

 

It Looks Like Americans are Starting to Ignore Mask Mandates. Good.

We're still hearing a lot about "mask mandates" in COVID-19 era America, but my experiences (and those of acquaintances) over the last few days suggest that the supposed mandates have functionally become mere advisories. In my opinion, that's a good...

 

Now, About That Peace Dividend ...

As I write this, the Taliban have assumed full political control -- to the extent that such a thing can exist -- of Afghanistan. They've taken Kabul. They've put the US occupation's puppet president, and many Afghans who served the occupation...

 

In Defense of Landlords

As the US Centers for Disease Control moves to extend a federal eviction moratorium that (including its original CARES Act version) has now been in place for most of 18 months and that President Joe Biden himself concedes is "not likely to pass...

 

Government Vaccine Mandates: Immoral and Impractical

If you only pay attention to the government and establishment media COVID-19 panic machines, you might not know that the US is experiencing fewer than 1/3 as many new daily cases and hospitalizations as in January and fewer daily deaths than at any t...

 

Yes, the Constitution was "Pro-Slavery"

The 1619 Project "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative." Naturally, that reframing has enjoyed quite a bit of pushback,...

 

It's Time to Take Away Government's Social Media Privileges

"Modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said at a White House press briefing on July 15. "They've allowed people who int...

 

Internet Censorship: The Real Monopoly Threat

"If [Donald] Trump and [Bernie] Sanders take the same position on Big Tech censorship," David Catron writes at The American Spectator, "the issue deserves serious attention." He's right, but in pretty much the opposite of the way he intends. When...

 

Missouri's New Gun Law Should be Extended to Other Issues

On March 14, Missouri governor Mike Parson signed HB 85, aka the Second Amendment Preservation Act, into law. HB 85's first two sections can reasonably be read as "nullification" of a sort, insofar as they point out the unconstitutionality of a numbe...

 

Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

On June 16, US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a Joint Statement on Strategic Stability, in which they "reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought" and "seek to lay the groundwork...

 

America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times

For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 -- down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage...

 

Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," Rahm Emanuel said in November 2008, shortly before becoming White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration. Left unsaid: Even if you have to make something into a "serious crisis,"...

 

Robinhood: Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich

In late January, a band of merry men (and women) organized via Reddit and other Internet forums to stick it to The Man. They began buying shares of failing retail chain GameStop to drive its stock price up. Their target: Wall Street hedge funds engag...

 

Political "Unity" is Neither Necessary Nor Desirable

"[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America," President Joe Biden said in his inaugural speech, "requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. ... This is our historic moment of crisis and...

 

Political Violence: The Politicians Doth Protest Too Much

On January 7, the day after rioters entered the US Capitol and put hundreds of politicians to flight in support of Donald Trump's election fraud claims, Wisconsins's State Assembly passed a resolution. The money line: "[P]olitical violence in any for...

 

Why Not Take Congressional Proxy Voting All the Way?

The Hill reports that US House Republicans, who made a show earlier this year of opposing remote and proxy voting in Congress, are warming to the latter practice. US Representative Paul Mitchell (R-MI) gave his proxy to US Representative Abigail Span...

 

Welfare for the Wealthier? What Else is New?

In Joe Biden's "Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy," the president-elect proposes to "[f]orgive a minimum of $10,000 per person of federal student loans." Wait, some protest. That would be a subsidy for the more well-off, at the expense of...

 

American in Transition: What's the Hurry?

A November 23 headline at ABC News reads: "Joe Biden's presidential transition allowed to proceed after 16-day standoff." The 16 days in question, ABC tells us, are the 16 days since Biden "clinched the presidency." "Clinched the presidency" is ABC...

 

Mask Mandates: COVID-19 and the Law of the Instrument

"One day after the state reported a record 92 COVID-19-related deaths," the Wisconsin State Journal‘s Mitchell Schmidt reports, "Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday he plans to extend the state's emergency declaration and accompanying mask mandate...

 

COVID-19: Two Things About "The Science"

On October 4, three scientists published "The Great Barrington Declaration," a statement named for the Massachusetts town in which they met. Infectious disease epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta of the University of Oxford, professor of medicine Jay...

 

Facebook's Violence Standards Make for a Bad Business Plan

"Facebook Employees Are Outraged At Mark Zuckerberg's Explanations Of How It Handled The Kenosha Violence," reads the headline at Buzzfeed. One such employee asks "[a]t what point do we take responsibility for enabling hate filled bile to spread...

 

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