Free Society

Freedom of Art Is a Prerequisite of Morality

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To many, freedom of art is a synonym for freedom of speech, but the former is best understood as a distinct subset. Unlike normal speech or rational discourse, the purpose of art is not primarily to convince or to instruct. It is to make people experience a visceral reaction. Art, and particularly literature, allow people to sense the emotions, ... [click for more]

Presidential Fear-Mongering versus Freedom

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After the San Bernardino massacre late last year, Barrack Obama made a rare speech from the Oval Office. His most memorable line was his declaration that “freedom is more powerful than fear.” That epigram might have made John F. Kennedy’s speechwriters beam. But it is ludicrous to hear such a comment from a president who has spent almost seven ... [click for more]

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]

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]
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