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The Corporate Welfare Devil is in the "Clean Energy" Details

On June 6, US president Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act "to accelerate domestic manufacturing of clean energy." That goal sounds laudable and, for those of us who don't own stock in oil or coal companies, probably uncontroversial. But...

 
 By Thomas L Knapp    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Of Car Keys and "Gun Control"

The clamor for "gun control" never goes away in American politics. It occasionally simmers down to a dull roar, but every mass shooting recharges the bullhorn batteries. Thus, in the wake of the recent atrocities in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Tex...

 
 By Thomas L Knapp    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Politics: The Real Meaning of the Word "Prompt"

"Failed gun legislation is the norm," reads the headline at Axios, "after mass shootings like Buffalo tragedy." Further down in the story, we read that an October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas "prompted fresh calls from lawmakers on both sides to...

 
 By Thomas L Knapp    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Suppressing Insane Ideas Doesn't Stop Insane Conduct

Why did Payton Gendron (allegedly, but he live-streamed it, so it's not like there's much doubt) murder ten people at a Buffalo, New York grocery store on May 14? The pat, and at least partially correct, answer, is that Gendron subscribes to...

 

Ukraine: Don't Look to Politicians for Peace

At this point in my life, I've been consistently opposed to war for about twice as long as I spent as a Marine infantryman (with precisely the attitude toward war you would expect). The change was incremental and took a few years, but I consider my...

 

Sedition: The Foundational American Political Trait

As the founder and leader of Oath Keepers, an organization allegedly organized to defend the US Constitution, Stewart Rhodes seems like the last guy one might expect to "conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the...

 

Vladimir Putin Is Not the Neville Chamberlain the US/NATO is Looking For

"I think one lesson in recent history," US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on January 7, referring to the entry of Russian troops into Kazakhstan to save that country's allied regime from an uprising of dissatisfied serfs, "is that once...

 

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...

 

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