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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 ...
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, ...