Showing posts with label philosophy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label philosophy. Show all posts

February 11, 2020

Red flag laws and the consequences of good intentions

fromSalon: The consequences of disarming the uncooperative.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Louisiana prosecutors say they can't be sued over the fake subpoenas they used to pressure witnesses

fromReason: In several cases, victims received higher bonds than criminal defendants and were forced to go to jail.
The Government is Not Us              Police State America

The death of federalism: Lincoln’s real legacy

fromTenthAmendmentCenter: Are you certain that Lincoln's birthday is a day you should celebrate?
The Government is Not Us

Philosophy on one foot

fromAtlasSociety: Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the basics of her philosophy, in short form, while standing on one foot. Here’s what she said: 
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

How Big Tech reshapes politics by censoring conservative ideas

fromWashingtonExaminer: The forces driving Big Tech’s online censorship are market pressures, de-platforming campaigns by liberal activists and journalists, and the fact that Silicon Valley is staggeringly one-sided politically.
Indoctrination and Censorship

Alabama bill would bar enforcement of any federal red-flag laws

fromTenthAmendmentCenter: The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to enforce almost all of its laws. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify most federal programs.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Ilya Somin: The Future Of Originalism After Scalia

A long-term war of attrition.     Prominent legal scholar Eric Posner recently argued that originalism is likely to fade away in the aftermath of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, its leading advocate on the Supreme Court. In Posner’s view, the Supreme Court is virtually the only significant audience for originalist constitutional arguments, and it is      ... MORE

John Vibes: Watch Politicians Snap When Alternative Media Journalist Jan Helfeld Asks Them One Very Basic Question

Can you delegate a right that you don’t have?   Jan Helfeld is a political journalist who has been traveling around and asking politicians some of the same awkward questions that work to expose the illegitimacy of their authority. His questions were extremely simple and many times ridiculed as “stupid” by the politicians that he interviewed,   ... MORE

Volkswagen’s Cheating Was Not Selfish But Self Destructive

by Jaana Woiceshyn.      Media coverage of Volkswagen’s astounding emissions-rigging scandal continues, for a good reason: the company’s (the executive’s who authorized the cheating and of all those who went along with it) immoral conduct led the company’s share price to fall by 35%, and the company can now expect $18 billion in fines as well as     ... MORE

Why These "Libertarianism-Is-Over” Stories Are Dumb

by Jack Hunter.     I’ve been asked about these types of articles a few times now. Earlier this month, Fox News published “The collapse of Rand Paul and the libertarian moment that never was,” by Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center, a Washington, DC think tank. Taylor wrote, “If there were any significant support for Libertarian    ... MORE

Joel Valenzuela: Millennials Have A New American Dream

Experience over possession.      A house in the suburbs with a white picket fence. A couple of kids and a couple of pets. A well-paying full-time job. Retirement. The old American Dream, the picture of success to which we once aspired, is dead. There’s a new dream now, and it’s far less lofty. The perpetual recession has not gone away. Sure, in some ways  ... MORE

Dennis Chamberland: The Tyranny Of Consensus

Half science is no science.    Never mind that climate change is the single most complex scientific question of human history. Human nature has managed to morph politics and science together into a repulsive, philosophic monstrosity -- half science and half religion -- specifically designed to reduce multifaceted, chaos-based theory and its   ... MORE

Kate Mather: Good News For Citizens! LAPD Urges Officers To Be Community Guardians, Not Warriors On Crime

Promoting peace officers rather than robocops.   For years, Los Angeles police officers have worked under the shadow of the department's dark past. The LAPD of the 1970s and '80s acted as a hard-charging, occupying force that raided poor neighborhoods and rounded up anyone in sight. Police stormed suspected crack houses, tearing down walls ... MORE

Religious Sex Perverts: ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

by Rukmini Callimachi.  In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin.  Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.  He bound her hands    ... MORE

Pragmatism Is Impractical In The Long Run

by Jaana Woiceshyn. Pragmatism—compromising principles to achieve goals—is prevalent not just among politicians (think of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran). It is also a common hazard among business people, many of whom think that to succeed in business you have to compromise principles. It’s OK to compromise honesty and fake a little,     ... MORE