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FFF Spelman College Drug War Conference (video)

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The conference was co-sponsored by students at Spelman College, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the Spelhouse National Action Network and was held at Spelman College on September 20, 2018. This was the third Historically Black College and University (HBCU) at which we have held our drug-war conferences. The previous two were Morgan State University in Baltimore and the Florida A&M University School of Law in Orlando. We also have held one of our drug-war conferences at the University of Texas. The drug war has been one of the most immoral and destructive government programs in U.S. history, much more so than even Prohibition. Not only has it destroyed American society with such things as mandatory-minimum sentences, arbitrary and capricious searches and seizures, asset-forfeiture laws, no-knock raids, mass incarceration, illegal spying and surveillance, it has also been the most racist government program since segregation. More important, what a person ingests is simply none of the government’s business. In ...

Out-of-Control Government: How, Why, and What to Do

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There is always a variety of government programs and activities that people either think are not worth the money or should not be the business of government in the first place. Yet it seems almost impossible to rein in government. It keeps growing in size and scope in one direction after another. Why? And is there any way to reverse it? Increasing Government Spending and Taxing The federal government keeps getting bigger and more intrusive and more costly. In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended on September 30,Washington spent a bit more than $4.1 trillion. This compares with $2.1 trillion in 1993 (all figures are in inflation-adjusted 2018 dollars). In other words, federal spending has increased by more than 93 percent over the last 25 years. Growth has occurred on the revenue side. The federal government took in over $3.3 trillion in taxes in fiscal year 2018, compared to $2 trillion in 1993, for a 65 percent increase in government revenues compared ...

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 a police state are inherent parts of a system of immigration controls, libertarians should oppose efforts by these conservative libertarians to induce them to abandon their principled position in favor of open borders in favor of the conservative-liberal (i.e., leftist) position favoring immigration controls. Yesterday, I receive the following response to my article: Thank you for writing Death, Suffering, and an Immigration Police State. I have long argued for open borders, but only if we also dismantle the welfare system since one of the biggest arguments against open borders is that illegal immigrants exploit welfare programs. Can you point ...