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Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As US president Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing …

Government

The Honest Ads Act: “Fundamental Rights,” Real and Imagined | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Wikipedia defines “moral panic” as “a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society” and …

Journalism

Election 2017: The Moore You Know … | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious …

Elections

Veterans Day: “Appropriate Homage” | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In 1926, a concurrent resolution of the US Congress held it “fitting that the recurring anniversary of [the armistice which brought World War One to …

Remembrance Day

Chickenhawk Donald: A Complete and Total Disgrace | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Donald John Trump, pictured on page 107 of his 1964 New York Military Academy yearbook. [Public Domain]<p>On November 3, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who …

Donald Trump

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re …

Retirement

What Difference at This Point Does the Trump Dossier Make? None. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

‘Twixt and ‘tween daily news on Russiagate (the investigation into alleged “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump) and …

Elections

Encryption: Christopher Wray’s “Huge, Huge Problem” is an Age-Old Inconvenience | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Less than three months into his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray wants you to know that the Trump …

Christopher Wray

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the …

Hillary Clinton

Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions Wants Open Borders, But Only for Police | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On October 16, Morgan Chalfant of <i>The Hill</i> reports, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the Justice Department’s appeal in <i>Microsoft Corp. v. United</i> …

Surveillance

Excessive: Bail Isn’t Meant to Enable the Holding of Political Prisoners | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment forbids “excessive bail” in criminal prosecutions. That prohibition seems somewhat vague. I guess we’re just …

Prison

Take a Knee. Take a Seat. Take a Chill Pill. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” US president Donald Trump thundered from the stage of a September campaign rally, “when somebody …

Journalism

Bump Stock Ban Boogie: The Latest Silly Political Dance Craze | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Every time there’s a “public mass shooting” (defined by the Congressional Research Service as an incident in which four or more people are …

Gun Control

GOP Tax Plan: Hardly “Reform,” But Tax Cuts “Cost” Nothing | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans released their grandiosely titled “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” on …

Retirement

Time to Stop Squeezing The Juice | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

A few minutes after midnight on October 1, authorities at Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center released O.J. Simpson on parole after the former …

Crime

The Russia-Blamers Think You’re Stupid | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit America’s racial and religious divisions,” the Washington <i>Post</i> claims in a September 25 headline.<p>Over …

Elections

Privacy and Politics: The Hypocrisy of the Surveillance Statists | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The New York <i>Times</i> reports that at least six members of the Trump administration used personal email accounts to discuss White House matters.<p>Given …

Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In a September 21 post, Mark Zuckerberg shared nine steps the site he started is taking “to protect election integrity and make sure that Facebook is …

Jamie Dimon is Right to Fear Cryptocurrency | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

When JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud,” what ensued looked a lot like a “poop and scoop” con: The practice of driving down a …

W3C Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On September 18, <i>Ars Technica</i> reports, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a new specification recommendation, Encrypted Media Extensions. …

Harvard Disgraces Itself to Appease CIA Crybullies | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

<i>By Bradley Manning Support Network [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>The Washington <i>Post</i> reports that …

Trump on Debt: Even More Establishment Than The Establishment | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The Washington <i>Post</i> reports that US president Donald Trump and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “have agreed to pursue a deal that would …

Utah Case Highlights Need for Separation of Medicine and Law Enforcement | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In July, Salt Lake City detective Jeff Payne violently abducted Alex Wubbels, a nurse at University of Utah Hospital. Most accounts don’t put it that …

Preparedness versus “Price-Gouging”: Don’t Hold Out for a Hero | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As the US Gulf Coast continues to reel under the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the word “hero” finds itself in much, and appropriate, use. From …

Hurricane Harvey: About That Wall … | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As I write this, Hurricane Harvey hovers off the Gulf Coast, menacing Louisiana and possibly ramping up for another go at Texas. Much of Houston, the …

WikiLeaks: Hostile is as Hostile Does | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“It is the sense of Congress,” according to the annual Intelligence Authorization Act now working its way through the US Senate, “that WikiLeaks and …

Breaking up is Hard to do. Or is it? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“A cliche is haunting America — the cliche of a second civil war,” writes Jesse Walker in the Los Angeles <i>Times</i>. Pundits left and right wax ominous …

Net of the Long Knives? Neutrality Advocates Put it in Reverse | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On July 12, a number of prominent companies joined in the “Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.” Among them were GoDaddy, Namecheap, …

Charlottesville Haters: Test Case for the Internet as Public Square | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In a recent column, I celebrated the phenomenon of “Social Preferencing” and the boost Charlottesville gave to an online, crowdsourced, social media …

Christopher Cantwell