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By Thomas L. Knapp | Op-eds from the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism.

Rudd Re-Declares Governments’ Lost War on Strong Encryption | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is upset. She considers it “unacceptable” that she can’t read your private chat messages and wants that fixed. …

Encryption

It’s Time to End America’s Longest War | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In the latest round of saber-rattling between the US and North Korean governments, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid down the well-worn line. …

North Korea

McCain versus Paul: The New Red Scare Masks Foreign Policy Insanity | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment’s reliance on Vladimir Putin as …

Stranger Fruit Meets Rotten Fruit: Robert McCulloch and the Michael Brown Shooting | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was litigated in the court of public opinion, …

Policing

Sorry, Non-Interventionists: Donald Trump is a War President | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump claimed to have opposed the Iraq war, wanted better relations with Russia, and even briefly put …

War

The First Step Toward Fiscal Discipline: Cut Up The Credit Card | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In 2015, Congress temporarily did away with the US government’s fictional “debt limit.” I call that limit fictional because it’s not really a limit. …

Loans

Vault 7: What it Means for You | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On March 7, the transparency/disclosure activists at Wikileaks began releasing a series of documents titled “Vault 7.” According to the New York …

Journalism

Cryptocurrency Will Survive And Thrive, But Will Bitcoin? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

March 2017 came in like a lion for Bitcoin as, for the first time ever, one Bitcoin sold for more than one ounce of gold. As I write this, the …

Bitcoin

Budgets, Taxes, Deficits and Debt; or, Mulvaney Versus the Math | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“What you see in this budget is exactly what the president ran on,” US Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney told George …

Mick Mulvaney

The Second Amendment and “Weapons of War” | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Put simply,” writes Judge Robert King of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, “we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of …

The Target of the “Border Adjustment Tax” is You | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“[O]n life support,” says US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)of the “Border Adjustment Tax,” proposed during last year’s GOP presidential primaries by US …

Florida’s Shenanigans Make a Great Case for (Re-)Separation of Ballot and State | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In mid-February, Florida’s Division of Elections stripped the state’s third largest political party of its official recognition. Tallahassee’s excuse …

Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Less than a month into the first term of his presidency, <i>Politico</i> reports, Donald Trump appears to be back on the campaign trail, heading for …

The Absurd Consequences of a “Right to Privacy” | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

British MP David Davis’s text messages poking fun at the appearance of a female colleague make him the latest whipping boy for those determined to …

That’s Hypocrisy: DC Swamp Creatures vs. Kellyanne Conway | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as various “watchdog” groups, are up in arms over $99 textured open-front cardigans, $125 …

Sorry, Judge Napolitano: Immigration Isn’t “Foreign Policy” | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

By the time you read this, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may have handed down a ruling for or against president Donald Trump’s …

Hey Antifa: Free Speech is Not Negotiable | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On February 1, a gang of violent thugs managed to shut down a speech scheduled to take place at the University of California at Berkeley, …

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Obama’s Third Term, Bush’s Fifth | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti- war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all …

War Crimes: Key Decision Point for a New President | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In 2011, American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were murdered — killed without charge or trial — on the orders of then-president Barack …

Trump: Just the Newest Leader of an Old Cult | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In his first week as president of the United States, Donald Trump issued a flurry of executive orders on a number of subjects.<p>Some of those orders, …

Why Are Republicans Backing Betsy DeVos? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

US president Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces a great deal of opposition to her confirmation. Most of that …

Why Trump is Doubling Down on the Voter Fraud Fraud | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” US president-elect Donald Trump tweeted in late November, “I won the popular vote if …

Reagan Redux? The Federal Budget Battle Shapes Up | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

It’s Donald Trump’s first work week as president of the United States and already, <i>The Hill</i> reports, he “may be headed into a big fight with …

Rick Perry’s Sudden Change of Heart is Business as Usual | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

When Rick Perry sought the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, eliminating the US Department of Energy was part of his campaign …

A Reminder: What Insurance Is | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Elections have consequences,” outgoing US president Barack Obama once told Republican congressional leaders, and “I won.” He was right. One …

The Jackson Family versus Martin Luther King and the Cast of Hamilton | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Actors, in a word, act. They don’t play themselves. They portray other people.<p>Bryan Cranston is not really a dentist (Seinfeld) or a chemist who …

Bitcoin Isn’t The Corpse. It’s The Undertaker. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Every time the market value of Bitcoin drops as measured by its exchange value against government fiat currencies, the same people who declared it …

Who’s More Anti-American, Russia Today or the US Director of National Intelligence? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Someone should take US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper aside for a talk. He desperately needs to be told that when you’re deep in a …

Term Limits: Painkiller, Not Cure | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

US president-elect Donald Trump called for congressional term limits during his campaign. He’s not yet been sworn in, but Congress is already back in …