Victor Volsky: A Guide To The Liberal Mind

You might be a liberal if ....    As a great fan of Jeff Foxworthy, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use his hilarious you-might-be-a-redneck comedy routine in an attempt to characterize the liberal mindset (tweaking Jeff's forumla a bit to convert it from the suppositional to the unconditional). So, with apologies to the wonderful country ... MORE

Freedom Of Religion Vs. Freedom From Religion

by Ronald Bailey. “I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum declared. “What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?" Whatever can the former Pennsylvania senator be talking about? How much more ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stosell: Illegal Everything


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Dr. Milton R. Wolf: Is This Still America?

Control freeaks assault the land of the free.    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” warned the late President Reagan. It’s probably a good thing the Gipper hasn’t been forced to witness what the current generation of authoritarian rulers has done to the land of the free and home of the brave. Public schools in San Antonio have ... MORE

Voice Of America: U.S. Vows To Continue War On Drugs

Homeland Security chief thinks drug war is a good cause. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the US was not losing its decades-long "war on drugs." Napolitano defended Washington's anti-narcotics efforts Monday in Mexico City after a meeting with Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire. "With respect to, 'is the drug war a failure ... MORE

VIDEO: What are the Limits of Democracy?

Privacy Group Urges Privacy Rules For Domestic Drones

by Mark Rockwell. More than 100 privacy groups, experts and individuals have petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration to address the impact of aerial drones in the U.S. as the agency move to implement new rules for the vehicles’ domestic use. President Obama signed a $63.4 billion Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill on Feb. 14 that opens the ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Equality Or Inequality

Equality without destroying liberty.   Rick Santorum's speech at the Detroit Economic Club stirred a bit of controversy when he said: "I'm not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been, and hopefully — and I do say that — there always will be." That kind of statement, though having ... MORE

Scott Bittle/Jean Johnson: Presidents And The Price Of Oil

The great energy challenge.   If you’re a primary voter, you’ve got your pick of candidates who’ll promise to bring down the price of gasoline. Unfortunately, whoever wins is going to run up against the limits of presidential power pretty quickly. The fact is that presidents don’t have that much authority over the price of oil, for a number of virtually  ... MORE

Ross Kaminsky: Obama's Food Stamp Fetish

Free food for one seventh of the population.    The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed The Animals" because the animal may grow dependent ... MORE

VIDEO: The Drones Are Coming!


Government is deploying spies in the sky to monitor the American people.

Sheldon Richman: The Myth Of The Greater Good

Politicians must stop acting like the ends justify the means. I—and most other people, I assume—grew up being taught that the end doesn’t justify the means. Basically, this is an injunction not to rationalize one’s behavior while using other people as mere means to one’s ends. Most people apply that principle day to day. If you want at an item on a       ... MORE

Julia Angwin: FBI Turns Off Thousands Of GPS Devices

Probable cause makes a comeback. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann. Mr. Weissmann, speaking at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century” on Friday, said ... MORE

VIDEO: Why You Should Consider Chevy Volt

Scott Mayer: The Audacity Of Ambition

Downsizing the American Dream. President Obama seems to be downsizing the American Dream. In an insufficiently noticed January 25th speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he said: "Folks don't have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream." "Unrealistic ambitions" -- is he ... MORE

Andres Oppenheimer: Legalization Forces Gaining Ground

Could the end of the drug war be in sight?     For the first time since the United States launched its "war on drugs" four decades ago, there are signs that the forces supporting legalization or de-criminalization of illegal drugs are gaining momentum across the hemisphere. Granted, this is a debate that is just starting at government levels, and that will   ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Pandering At The Pump

Avoid D.C. if  gas market wisdom is what you want.   In the field of petroleum, location is everything. If you want to find oil, you don't drill in Rhode Island. And if you want to find wisdom about gasoline markets, you avoid Washington, D.C. In good times, the confusion and folly of our elected leaders have only limited impact. But when pump prices rise to ... MORE

Barry Farber: Obama's Political Hypnotism

Illusions eventually collide with reality.   Did they teach you about “psychic income” in school? Great stuff. If you like your work, for example, you’re getting more income, “psychic income,” than your paycheck indicates. If you love your work, you’re getting even more. If you love your work and meet people who become lifetime keeper-treasures, you’re a   ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - It's The Elderly, Stupid!


A major reason why America's economic outlook is bleak.

Linda Chavez: Lighten Up On Political Correctness

Tyranny with manners.    Have we become so hypersensitive that a phrase in use for half a millennia must now be banished from the English lexicon? I'm speaking, of course, of the furor created last week when ESPN's mobile site ran a story headlined "A Chink in the Armor." The idiom is commonly used to describe the vulnerability in an otherwise  ... MORE

STANDARD-EXAMINER: End DUI Checkpoints

What ever happened to probable cause?   The Utah Legislature is mulling over House Bill 140, which would prohibit law enforcement from setting up DUI checkpoints across the state. Pressure from law enforcement agencies and interest groups may stifle that effort, but it's the correct move. There's no evidence that law enforcement officers, stopping ... MORE

VIDEO: Michael Steele Says Taxes Are Voluntary

NY Times: Big Government Eyeballs Social Media Debates

Keywords like cops and marijuana raise eyebrows. Analysts for a Department of Homeland Security program that monitors social networks like Twitter and Facebook have been instructed to produce reports on policy debates related to the department, a newly disclosed manual shows. The manual, a 2011 reference guide for analysts working with the  ... MORE        

Louis Loftus: The Drug War Can Endanger Americans

If ruining lives is the goal, the drug war is a success.  In a debate over the legalization of marijuana, it is common that the side speaking against the motion will often ask as a last resort, "Why should such a thing be made legal?"  Well, to begin with, our society is such that the burden of proof concerning the legality of an act or substance is not on those who ... MORE

Weekly Standard: U.S. Per Capita Debt Worse Than Greece


Joseph Svetlic: Gasoline Prices And Dollar Prices

The real price of gasoline is going down.    It's not that gasoline is more expensive; it's just that your dollars are worth less. But neither the media nor the political establishment wants you to realize the real reason Americans are experiencing pain at the pump. Surging gasoline prices are back in the news, and President Obama shows his concern for Americans   ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - C-Span Questions

Nathan Lewis: The Crisis Of Capitalism

The crisis of capitalism is a lack of capitalism.     “The American economy increasingly serves only a narrow part of society, and America’s national politics has failed to put the country back on track through honest, open, and transparent problem solving. Too many of America’s elites-among the super-rich, the CEOs, and many of my colleagues in academia-  ... MORE

Huffington Post: Government's Condoms For Kids Program

Available in some California counties if you're 12. A new program supported by the California Department of Public Health will allow teenagers throughout various parts of the state to order condoms online for free. The initiative, launched on Tuesday and available through TeenSource.org, a website that provides information about safe sex for California teens ... MORE

VIDEO: What Is Regulatory Capture?


The inner workings of crony capitalism.

John Carney: Regulatory Capture - Federal Reserve Edition

Regulations are written by special interests. Simon Johnson calculates that Fed board members have met with opponents of financial reform—mostly, bankers—about 10 times more than they have met with advocates. It’s actually quite stunning just how many times representatives of big banks have met with Fed officials on the Volcker Rule. Just on the ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: What If Democracy Is Bunk?

Do Americans have a fundamental misunderstanding?  What if you are only allowed to vote because it doesn't make a difference? What if no matter how you vote, the elites get to have it their way? What if "one person, one vote" is just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy is dangerous to personal freedom? ... MORE

Scott Morgan: 5 Reasons To Never Agree To A Police Search

Even if you have nothing to hide.     Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you're like most people I've met in my eight years working to educate the public on this topic, then you probably don't. It's a subject that a lot of people think they understand, but too often our perception of police power is distorted by fictional TV  ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - Drug War Update

David Harsanyi: Obama Gets His Way With Oil Prices

Aren't high gas prices what Democrats want?     Gas prices are spiking. That's great news, right? We have to wean ourselves off the stuff. At least that's what we've been hearing for years. Oil is dirty. We import it from nations that hate our guts (like Canada!). And moreover, we're running out. Oil is "finite." Finite much in the way water is finite. So why aren't ... MORE

Vancouver Sun: Drug War Is A Costly Failure

U.S. group warns Canada. A high-profile group of current and former U.S. law enforcement officials has sent a letter to the Harper government with a surprising message: Take it from us, the war on drugs has been a "costly failure." The officials are urging the Canadian government to reconsider mandatory minimum sentences for "minor" marijuana ... MORE

VIDEO: Is Harrisburg's Nightmare America's Future?

Jim DeMint: ObamaCare Versus Individual Freedom

The corrosive nature of government's takeover. President Obama’s new mandate requiring all employers to purchase insurance coverage for their employees that includes abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception is an outrage, of course. But what kind of outrage is it? Most of the public outcry has understandably centered around the mandate’s .... MORE

Robert Poole: Fixing America's Freeways

Reinventing our expressways, one lane at a time.   If you work anywhere in America outside of New York City, chances are you drive to work. That means you battle congestion twice every weekday. Rest assured that it’s not your imagination: traffic is much worse than it used to be.  The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), which has been measuring the cost ... MORE

Christopher Coyne: The Creeping Militarization of America

The state gains power as individual rights diminish.   Earlier this month, Congress passed House Resolution 658, the “Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act,” which President Obama is expected to sign. One of the over 1,000 sections of H.R. 658 authorizes domestic use of aerial spy drones  ... MORE

Christopher Santarelli: The Greatest Gun Salesman Of All

A bi-product of hope and change. Gun manufacturers would likely not be the first to come to mind when considering industries who have benefited the most during President Obama’s first term, but a study from Ammo.net finds that firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election. Just to ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Pursuit Of Happiness

Gary Johnson: Time To Repeal The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act is not for patriots. Ten years ago, we learned that the fastest way to pass a bad law is to call it the ‘Patriot Act’ and force Congress to vote on it in the immediate wake of a horrible attack on the United States. The irony is that there is really very little about the Patriot Act that is patriotic. Instead, it has turned out to be yet another tool the    ... MORE

Ed Feulner: Onerous Effects Of Overrugulation

Small business wrapped in red tape.    We keep hearing that the economy is in a “jobless recovery.” What’s holding American companies back? Why aren’t they hiring more people? High taxes draw a lot of attention, and rightly so. They depress investment and discourage innovation. But escalating regulatory costs also undermine our  ... MORE

VIDEO: Smoking Bans - Banning Freedom

John Stossel: Politicians Fiddle While Fiscal Crisis Looms

Imagine this family budget: Last year, you earned $24,700. But you spent $37,900, incurring $13,300 in debt, and you were already $153,500 in debt. So you say, "I promise I'll spend $300 less this year!" Anyone can see that your cutback is pathetic and that you need to spend much less. Yet if you add eight zeroes, that's America's budget. The president says ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Academic Hyprocrisy


Time for academics to start pointing the finger inward.    It is fascinating to see people accusing others of things that they themselves are doing, especially when their own sins are worse. Academics love to say that businesses are not paying enough to people who work for them. But where in business are there people who are paid absolutely nothing for   ... MORE

Arthur Caplan: Your Privacy For A Low Price


Your privacy is gone, and it’s never coming back.    A report that Target accidentally disclosed a teen girl’s pregnancy to her father shows the logical extreme to which retailers can take the search for more information about their customers. This is what happens when you hand the cashier at your local drug store or grocery store any of a zillion plastic reward  ... MORE

Ira Stoll: Why Capitalism Isn't Going Anywhere

Only system know to increase both growth and freedom. At the height of the financial crisis in late 2008 and early 2009, a wave of articles declared the end of capitalism. A half-dozen reporters writing about the issue called Allan Meltzer, who since 1957 has been teaching about capitalism at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.       ... MORE

VIDEO: Externalities - Market Failure or Political Failure?

Carol Williams: California Gun Owners Are Optimistic

Emerging strategy to restore lost gun rights. Chuck Michel's strategy for crime-fighting rests on the element of surprise: Keep the bad guys guessing who's armed and who's not. "If 5% of the ducks could shoot back, you're not going to go duck hunting," said the Long Beach lawyer representing many Californians denied concealed weapons permits and, in his view, their  ... MORE

Mark Steyn: Contraception Misdirection

Like handing out condoms on the Titanic. Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight through your  ... MORE

VIDEO: Brad Schiller - Who Are the 1%?

Mike Silva: PC Police Disarm Old Houston Uniform

Nauseating MLB political correctness at it again.    Yesterday I wrote at Sports Media Watchdog about the public overreaction to the ESPN “Chink in the Armor” story; today I came across a story about MLB messing with tradition in the name of political correctness. Last September, the League prevented the Mets from wearing hats honoring first       ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Math Mattters

Hard work and discipline pay dividends.   If one manages to graduate from high school without the rudiments of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, there are certain relatively high-paying careers probably off-limits for life -- such as careers in architecture, chemistry, medicine computer programming, engineering and certain technical fields.    ... MORE

The Economist: America Is Tangled Up In Green Tape

The chaotic state of overregulation.  Pity the engineers responsible for keeping America’s coal-fired power plants up to standard. Late last year a court halted the adoption of new regulations on interstate air pollution that would have affected lots of them—just two days before they were due to go into force. The suspended regulations, in turn, were themselves a   ... MORE

Rick Moran: Gas Hikes Will Plague Anti-Drilling President

Obama becomes vulnerable on energy issue. Nothing will focus the attention of voters on Obama's failed energy policies like the current rise in gas prices. The White House can spin it alll they want, but thwen voters start really feeling the pinch from high fuel costs, they are going to start asking questions. Fox News: Nationally, gas prices are $3.53 a gallon, up    ... MORE

VIDEO: Harry Browne - Why Government Doesn't Work


Central planners fail to understand that people will think for themselves.  

Jason L. Riley: Obama's War On School Vouchers

The president is not pro-choice on education.    In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama spoke about the importance of kids staying in school and even urged states to raise the dropout age to 18. So it's passing strange that his new $3.8 trillion budget provides no new money for a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., that is producing    ... MORE

AP: One Candidate Stands For Self-Ownership Principle

Ron Paul believes one's body is private property.    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul decried the “war on drugs” Thursday night, telling supporters in Washington state that people should be able to make their own decisions on such matters. Voters in Washington are likely to decide this year whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.   ... MORE

VIDEO: Santorum Fights Liberty, Supports Earmarks

Peter Ferrara: The Decline & Fall Of America's Economy

The fruits of Obama's budget.    President Obama’s budget released Monday embodies his policies for economic growth and recovery.  The document, including the President’s accompanying budget message, makes those policies quite clear.  If you think the key to economic growth and prosperity is increased government spending, financed by increased ... MORE

Charles Krauthammer: ObamaCare Vs. The Constitution

Give him points for cleverness.     President Obama’s birth control “accommodation” was as politically successful as it was morally meaningless. It was nothing but an accounting trick that still forces Catholic (and other religious) institutions to provide medical insurance that guarantees free birth control, tubal ligation and morning-after abortifacients — all of which ... MORE

Gary Shapiro: Political Correctness Is Hurting America

A silent killer of liberty.   I recently ran across an old Internet joke that attempts to define the term “political correctness.” The joke reads: “Political correctness is a doctrine – fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media – which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit ... MORE

Jim Yardley: A Suicide Pact For Everyone

The partnership of unions and government. The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are taking action to make it easier for union bosses to force non-union plants to organize. This flies in the face of economic reality, although it does fit nicely with Obama's ideology and his re-election campaign strategy. International trade is a fact of  ... MORE

VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens - Unpopular Speech

Andrew Napolitano: Time To Tame The Federal Beast

We need a game changer.   When the federal government was created, those who risked their lives and their fortunes and their scared honors to secede from England were animated by recent events. The government did not come into existence in a vacuum. Rather, those who led the Revolutionary War joined those who fought and financed it to create ... MORE