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Hold that Nobel on North Korea for Now

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Trumpistas and President Trump himself are undoubtedly pacing the floor over whether the president will receive his Nobel Prize for securing peace in Korea after all, given North Korea’s threat yesterday to cancel the planned June 12 summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Trump. Until yesterday, all that was left was the uncorking of the champagne bottles. Will Trump secure a deal with North Korea that will get him his Nobel? Anything is possible. But I’ve got my doubts. Why? As I have indicated before, both sides to the controversy — the U.S. government and the North Korean government — have positions that up to now have been intractable. The U.S. government wants North Korea to destroy its nuclear weapons and submit to extensive verification procedures. The North Korean government wants to be certain that it is being removed from the U.S. government’s list of regime-change targets. Here is one basic problem: The U.S. government, especially the Pentagon and the ...

Drug-War Dust-Up in NY Governor’s Race

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A drug-war dust-up in the New York gubernatorial race demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the progressive (or liberal or leftist, take your pick) mindset. Democrat candidate Cynthia Nixon, who is opposing incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has stirred things up by calling for the legalization of marijuana, a position that so far has left Cuomo stymied. To Nixon’s credit, she has pointed out one of the most horrific aspects of the war on drugs — its racist consequences. The fact is that the impact of the drug war has always fallen disproportionately on African-Americans. As the noted scholar Michelle Alexander points out, the drug war is just another variation of Jim Crow. It has proven to be a perfect device for destroying the lives of many African-Americans, converting them, including women, into felons, separating them from their children and spouses through years of incarceration, and, in the process, also taking away their right to vote. As I have long pointed out, that doesn’t ...

A National Homeland Destroys Liberty and Private Property

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One of the favorite arguments that proponents of immigration controls use to justify their position is the national-homeland concept. They say that America is a national homeland and, therefore, that the federal government legitimately wields the omnipotent power to determine who enters the nation and who doesn’t. Comparing the nation to a private homeowner, they assert that since a private homeowner doesn’t leave his door open for the world to enter, neither should the federal government leave the door to the nation open either. There are two big problems, however, with the national-homeland argument. First, America isn’t a national homeland. That’s what Nazi Germany was. America is instead a nation based on the concepts of individual liberty and private-property rights. Second, freedom and private-property rights are both destroyed by the concept of a national homeland. In a society based on individual liberty and private-property rights, I have the right to invite anyone I want into my home. That’s because it is my home, ...