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Gun Control and Tyranny

The reason our American ancestors enacted the Second Amendment was to ensure that the federal government could never impair the right of the American people to resist the tyranny of their own government. The idea was that if the federal government became a tyrannical regime, Americans could, if they chose, resist the tyranny with force. In ...

Back to Killing North Koreans with Sanctions

Although 19-year-old Ryom Tae Ok and 25-year-old Kim Ju Sik didn’t medal at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, they wowed the crowd with their personalities and their figure-skating performance. They have now returned to North Korea, where President Trump and the U.S. national-security establishment are trying to kill them. That’s what U.S. sanctions against ...

Gun Rights Don’t Come from the Second Amendment

Whenever there is a gun massacre, statists inevitably respond that it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The idea is that if the Second Amendment is gone, so will be the right to own guns in the United States. There is just one big problem with that position: It’s wrong. The Second Amendment, like the First ...

A Heroic Lawsuit Against the Border Patrol in My Hometown

A controversy near my hometown of Laredo, Texas, provides a real-life example of the violations of liberty and privacy that come with immigration controls. The issue is especially relevant to the libertarian movement given that some conservative-oriented libertarians continue trying to persuade libertarians to abandon their position in favor of open borders and instead join up with conservatives and ...

Disappointment Over Tyler Cowen’s Take on the JFK Assassination

Anyone familiar with Tyler Cowen knows that he has been blessed with a brilliant and analytical mind. Such being the case, I was particularly interested in reading his Bloomberg article “How to Test Your Favorite Conspiracy Theory,” at least insofar as it related to the assassination of President John Kennedy. I wanted to see how Cowen applied ...

Celebrating the Iranian Plane Crash

U.S. officials are undoubtedly raising a glass in celebration of an Iranian plane crash last Sunday that killed all 66 people aboard. After all, from the standpoint of the proponents of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the crash is a dream-come-true. The deaths of those 66 people, including one child, will, presumably, anger their families, who will then, hopefully, rise up ...

The Conservative Creed

We, the conservatives of America, hold that government should just leave us alone … and (1) Should enforce school-compulsory attendance laws that force us to send our children to state-approved schools; and (2) Should force us through income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, farm subsidies, and other mandatory charity programs to help seniors, the poor, and others, and (3) Should incarcerate and fine ...

Much Ado about Nothing on Mueller’s Indictment

I confess deep amusement at the enormous reaction of the U.S mainstream press to the 37-page federal grand-jury indictment that special prosecutor (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller has secured against 13 Russians and three companies or, as the mainstream media puts it, against “Russia.” Why am I so amused? One reason is how reporters and editorial boards of the mainstream ...

Massacres, Here and Abroad

With mass shootings come calls for gun control. It’s become a predictable response. Never mind that there was gun control at the site of the latest massacre at that public school in Florida. It’s against the law to carry an AR-15 onto public schools in Florida. That’s a gun-control measure. Its aim is to prevent killings at public schools. At ...

Why Do Anti-Immigrants Favor Protectionism?

Okay, I get it: President Trump and his acolytes favor immigration controls because they don’t want people from s***hole countries coming into the United States. What doesn’t makes any sense is why they also favor tariffs, sanctions, embargoes, and other trade restrictions against those s***h countries. After all, by increasing economic misery in those countries, such measures only encourage ...

A New York Times Fairy Tale

Frank Bruni, columnist for the New York Times, is outraged — outraged! — that people are comparing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, to Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump. Both women are part of their respective governmental delegations to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In his NYT column ...

No Due Process for Trump’s Assassinees

President Trump is making a big deal out of the fact that former staff secretary Rob Porter is being denied “due process of law” because people believe that his two former wives are telling the truth regarding his purported physical abuse of them and disbelieving Porter’s denials of such abuse. Unfortunately, Trump displays a woeful lack of understanding of what ...
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