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Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammad bin Salman

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I find it fascinating that President Trump is comparing the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh to the controversy swirling around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. I find it equally fascinating that the president’s supporters in the Kavanaugh controversy don’t seem to  be coming to the support of bin Salman as eagerly and readily as they did ...

Don’t Be Surprised If Saudis Get Away with Murder

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While many people are decrying the possibility that the Saudi regime orchestrated and carried out the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, they are limiting their analysis to whether the U.S. government should “punish” Saudi Arabia by cancelling weapons contracts and other related things. Unfortunately, they are not thinking at a higher level, one that would entail recognizing the role that ...

Open Borders and the Welfare State

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In my article “Death, Suffering, and an Immigration Police State,” I pointed out how conservatives who have come into the libertarian movement have brought some of their conservative baggage with them, including their position favoring a massive and intrusive system of government monitoring and control of the peaceful movements of people across international borders. I stated that since ...

Death, Suffering, and an Immigration Police State

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Ever since the libertarian movement began attracting conservatives, the movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Not surprisingly, some of these conservatives have come with baggage consisting of conservative positions that some of them have simply been unable to let go of. Rather than simply accept the fact that their conservative views are contrary to those of the movement ...

Lessons from Khashoggi’s Disappearance

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is being accused of ordering the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and his supporters are undoubtedly hoping that the controversy quickly dies and goes away. That would be a big mistake. Instead, a full investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance is warranted. Yes, I know that bin Salman is presumed innocent. And yes, I ...

None Dare Call It Socialism

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Whatever one might say about liberals (i.e., leftists or progressives), one thing is certain: When it comes to socialism, they get it. They understand that welfare-state programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialist programs. That’s fine by them because they love socialism. Leave it to a leftist to highlight and try to straighten out the ...

Trump’s Unwitting Devotion to Socialism

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Donald Trump and, unfortunately, many of his conservative followers, are absolutely clueless when it comes to socialism. You couldn’t find a better example of this phenomenon than a Trump op-ed that was published in USA Today yesterday. In fact, Trump’s op-ed is a perfect demonstration of the life of the lie that has come to afflict the entire ...

Why Kavanaugh Matters to Libertarians

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I get why conservatives are ecstatic that the U.S. Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court. Conservatives prevailed in getting one of their own onto the Court. For a Republican or conservative statist, that’s obviously cause for celebration. For me, not at all. I couldn’t care less whether a conservative statist ...

Christine Ford’s Corroborating Evidence

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Throughout the controversy over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, some people were saying that Christine Blasey Ford did not produce “corroborating evidence” to  support her accusation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Therefore, since Kavanaugh was denying that he committed the assault, the argument went, he should be ...

Trump’s Conspiracy Theory About Christine Blasey Ford

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Now that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Brett’s Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, undoubtedly there are lots of people who are hoping that the controversy will die and go away. That’s not likely to happen though, especially given that President Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already signaled that they intend to ...

The Looming Degradation of the Supreme Court

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With Republican senators dutifully lining up to support President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, it is increasingly likely that conservative lawyer and judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. At the same time, in its determination to “win,” the Republican Party will have brought not only shame to itself ...

The Trump-Kavanaugh Look-Alike Theory

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In deciding to go on the attack in the Kavanaugh confirmation debate by openly and publicly mocking Christine Blasey Ford at a political rally for purported “inconsistencies” in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Trump might not realize that he has created an enormous inconsistency in his own position. Actually, “contradiction” would be a better word ...