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Is There a Constitutional Right to Birth Control?

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The junior senator from New Jersey, Democrat Cory Booker, recently introduced a bill “to establish certain duties for pharmacies to ensure provision of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception, and for other purposes.” An offhand remark by one of the bill’s co-sponsors is an ideal segue to the question of the role of government in relation to private, peaceful activity. The ... [click for more]

The Keys to Human Prosperity: Individual Liberty and the Rule of Law

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We live at time when, increasingly, the U.S. government operates in arbitrary and discretionary ways. Government regulatory agencies seemingly have unrestrained powers over land-use, business manufacturing and enterprise, the workplace and the environment under broad legislative mandates. And proposals are now frequently being made for ad hoc restrictions and prohibitions on freedoms of speech, press, religion and association.  The ... [click for more]

Bipartisan Battering of Freedom

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For more than 40 years, Republicans have been promising to cut federal spending. In the same period, federal outlays have inched up by a few trillion dollars. But the Grand Old Party continues singing the same song — though voters may finally be losing confidence in the opposition team. The latest pratfall occurred last December, once again illustrating that Republican ... [click for more]

Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed

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“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 In past ages, those who dared to speak out against tyranny—viewed as an act of treason—were blinded, castrated, disfigured, mutilated, rendered mute by having their tongues cut out of their heads, and ultimately ... [click for more]

Society’s Newest Victims of Discrimination

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The federal government has long been concerned about discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. Although the Obama administration supports adding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list, they haven’t been officially added yet. Meanwhile, the administration has come to the rescue of another group that it feels is being ... [click for more]

Obama’s Forgotten Victims

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The White House kept one seat vacant in the gallery during Obama’s State of the Union Address in January “for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.” This was part of Obama’s crusade for new federal restrictions on firearms ownership. But shouldn’t there have also been chairs left empty to memorialize other casualties — including those ... [click for more]

Can a Business Overcharge Its Customers?

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How many times have we heard someone say that he was overcharged for something? The answer to the question of whether a business can overcharge its customers seems, on the surface, to be quite obvious. Yet, it is a question that has more than one answer. At the end of last year, Whole Foods Market, a supermarket chain specializing in ... [click for more]
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