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Taxation: An Attack on an Individual’s Productive Capacity

Property rights are the fountainhead of liberty in a democratic society: the very concept of rights presupposes a concept of ownership. It is by nature of their sovereign beings that individuals possess rights; no other entity, especially those of political or social construction, enjoys such an advantage. Their rights are conditional upon law codes and…

Rule of the Status Quo

The federal government has a vested interest in preserving the standing social order. While that might be a laudable goal from a political science perspective, it’s a less desirable goal for innovators and consumers who benefit from creative destruction. Think, for a moment, about some of the routine tasks that are part of your daily…

Syrian Military Strikes: Good Cannot Be Done at Expense of Constitutional Order

Humanitarian impulses are often the guise under which intervention is sold to the peoples of the world. One is told that any opposition to state action that has, as its sanction, an unassailable moral impulse desirous of relieving the suffering borne of despotic political regimes betrays the finer human feelings that are supposed to underscore…

Social Media Shouldn’t Police the Content of Speech

Yesterday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his much-battered social media platform will institute new verification requirements for popular pages and for anyone wishing to run political advertisements. This comes on the back of public outrage over Facebook’s failure to shut down Russian bot accounts during the 2016 election and public ire following the revelation that…

The Somnambulist

The grey light that precedes the dawn seeps under doors and window frames, billowing through the air like smoke off wet wood. It is cold and biting, possessing an astringent quality that addles mind. Is it light or darkness that is encroaching? Time itself is seemingly in flux. And the somnambulist is caught, like some…

Localism and the Possibility of Self-Rule: Part 4

Series Overview The concept of limited government seemingly takes self-rule from the realm of the abstract and makes it the basis of a functional society. But, though it precludes the possibility of a central authority imbued with broad, sweeping powers, limited government is not synonymous to self-rule. The devolution of power that necessarily occurs as…

Localism and the Possibility of Self-Rule: Part 3

Series Overview The concept of limited government seemingly takes self-rule from the realm of the abstract and makes it the basis of a functional society. But, though it precludes the possibility of a central authority imbued with broad, sweeping powers, limited government is not synonymous to self-rule. The devolution of power that necessarily occurs as…

Defining “National Security”: A Trip Down the Linguistic Rabbit Hole

Given the centrality of national security to the rationale advanced by the Trump administration in justifying the recently levied tariffs against steel and aluminum, you might think this term might be defined somewhere, either in the relevant legislation or sections of the U.S. Code from which the president is drawing his authority to act. And…

Is National Security Replacing the Commerce Clause as the Basis for Sweeping Federal Power?

The falling away of federalistic principles from government is often linked to the increasingly nationalistic scope of politics. Under the auspices of the commerce clause and the “necessary and proper” clause, federal government officials have been able to rationalize their claim to final regulatory authority over an increasingly wide swathe of issues. The commerce clause…

Why the Freedom Caucus’ Negotiations Are Not a Victory for the Right

To suggest that the Freedom Caucus’ endorsement of the Affordable Health Care Act, with the addition of the MacArthur Amendment, is a victory rather than a capitulation is ludicrous. The move was a pivot away from principles, not just the hard-line right-wing ideology the caucus has been charged with advancing, but the basic principle of…

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