I’m going to miss having a President who speaks to our ideals rather than our id.
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The Democratic Party is collapsing, and has been collapsing for a decade. Having the Presidency just hid all the rot happening elsewhere. Now we face the prospect of one party rule in a way we have not seen before, led by a type of President we have not seen before.
In which Burt Likko tries to convince you, and himself, that it’s not going to be that bad.
Smaller government can’t be the sine qua non of the politics of freedom in a Wagner’s Law world.
Truman, Oppenheimer, and the H-Bomb
Then after elections, comes governance. In theory.
Repeat after me: Tax what you don’t want, not what you do.
In Which I Throw Water On Enthusiasm
Humanity, it turns out, sucks at democracy. Maybe we need more binders full of women.
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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Test Clause predictably collide with Obergefell v. Hodges in Eastern Kentucky.
In which I tell big government and big corporations to get off my lawn.
Burt Likko is mildly surprised that the political response didn’t include confiscation of law-abiding citizens’ hunting rifles and imposition of an abortion quota.
It’s called “winning.”
Burt Likko thinks that Citizens United and McCutcheon were correctly decided. But how can he square that conclusion with his recent Ordinary Court opinion?
Do you have a right to a product that must be provided to you through governmental coercion?
Burt Likko is no rail engineer. But he is a lawyer, and that means he can offer at least one suggestion to moderate the ongoing boondoggle that is the California High Speed Rail Project.
What would J. Edgar have said about this?
Part VII of my continuing intermittent series of posts publicly worrying about California lighting its money on fire with a high-speed rail construction project.
Concerning disaster porn and the publication of disasters.
Who wins when the government shuts down?
An unemployed California surfer buys lobster with his SNAP card — wait, where have I heard this before?
By James Hanley Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. What, if anything, is wrong with inequality? From my perspective as a libertarian, inequality of wealth per se is…
By Wardsmith Are HOA’s a good metaphor for government? In the much-commented OP by Dr. Hanley, interlocutor M.A. brought up Home Owner Associations (HOA’s), most specifically as a foil against the concept that Libertarians (being pro-liberty after all) should be strongly against them. This led to much back and forth on numerous levels and sub-threads…
One of the occasional frustrations of debating policy is that it can be difficult to convey your views concisely and precisely. In the case of libertarianism one difficulty is defining exactly what you mean by “size of government”. After all government is not some 1-dimensional continuum you can just slide up or down, every specific…
I should probably start off by saying that as far as I know Jonah Goldberg has a fine and average sized (or bigger!) penis, and that to my knowledge he has never advocated any harm to your children. And for all I know he’s a vegetarian. But in this NPR interview (h/t Burt), he calls…
A bit of a surprise, but his reasons are solid. Particularly on dividing the government and on judicial appointments. I’m still undecided, but the leading contenders are Gary Johnson and “don’t vote, it just encourages the bastards.” Obama wins Maryland with or without my help, of course.
I know I often disagree with him. But then there’s stuff like this: “What’s stopping Warren Buffett from paying more taxes?” is a red herring. The fundamental question is: “Why is government’s share of the voluntary donations market so damn small?” All genuinely charitable donations suffer from the Prisoners’ Dilemma… That’s probably a big part…
My former colleague Will Wilkinson offers some insightful comments on our intuitions regarding taxes, subsidies, and fiscal policy. To wit: I think the assumption on the right is that first we work to make money on the market, and then later the government swoops in and takes a bite from the fruit of our labour.…