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

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Apparently this month’s crop of stabbings, armed robberies, rapes/molestations and teacher/student sex scandals in Catawba County, North Carolina …

North Carolina

SCOTUS: Patent Trolls’ Loss is a Win for Honest Commerce | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On May 22, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously — and correctly — on a fairly obscure case that nonetheless has huge implications in an area where …

Patents

Donald Trump and the Politics of Whine | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety,” US president Donald Trump told Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17, “has been …

Donald Trump

Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The Plot Thickens | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

According to the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, the nation’s capital reported 135 homicides last year. One of those …

Propaganda

The US Postal Service is Dying. Let it. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Like most monopolies, the US Postal Service isn’t interested in changing its business model. An enterprise hemorrhaging cash in a free market would …

United Parcel Service

Congress Should Just Say No to Trump’s Afghanistan Surge | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

With the US occupation of Afghanistan well into its sixteenth year and the country no closer to becoming a stable democracy than it was in late 2001, …

Afghanistan

The Scandal Isn’t Post-Presidential Speaking Fees, It’s Political Pensions | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As former US president Barack Obama’s second term drew toward its close last July, he exercised his veto power for the eleventh of 12 times, shutting …

Government

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good for America | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

If he’s remembered for nothing else, Donald Trump will go down in history as the first president to think out his policies in public, 140 characters …

Donald Trump

“National Security”: The Last Refuge of Vote-Buying Politicians | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

More than half a century ago, Congress passed the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Since mid-April, US president Donald Trump has twice invoked one of …

Propaganda

Torturing the Truth: The Tax Cut Debate vs. the English Language | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On April 26, the Trump administration released a one-page summary of its tax reform proposals. The following morning, US Treasury Secretary Steve …

Propaganda

NYC Gun Permit Scandal: Graft is Inevitable in a Corrupt System | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Two corrupt cops from the NYPD licensing division were plied with strippers, wined, dined and taken on lavish vacations to Mexico and the Bahamas,” …

Tax Reform: Two Places to Start | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

An anonymous announcement of a forthcoming public announcement: On April 26, an anonymous White House source says, the Trump administration “will …

“Buy American, Hire American” is Anti-American | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On April 18, US president Donald Trump visited the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of Snap-on to speak in front of an American flag made of the …

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Last July, while stumping for then-candidate, now-president Donald Trump, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) gleefully referenced nearly 20,000 …

“Safe Spaces,” Notre Dame Edition: Who’s Afraid of Mike Pence? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

At the beginning of their first terms in office, US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were invited (and accepted the invitation) to speak at …

Trump’s Security Tab: A Good Case for Separation of Church and State | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Palm Beach County, Florida Commissioner Dave Kerner wants to tax a resort. Nothing unusual about that — politicians love to mug tourists in the name …

Income Tax: No Honor Among Thieves | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Former US congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul kept a placard on his desk reading “don’t steal — the government hates competition.” …

Identity Theft

We’re Asking The Wrong Questions About Syria | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As I write this, two key questions remain unanswered, and a third mostly unasked, about a deadly daybreak attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a northwest …

Want Privacy? Washington Isn’t Where You’ll Find It. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On April 4, US president Donald Trump signed a bill repealing some of the previous administration’s rules on Internet Service Providers’ handling of …

SCOTUS: The Nuclear Option is Not Enough | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On January 31, president Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacancy on the US Supreme Court created nearly a year …

Sanctuary Cities and DoJ Funding: The Hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In a surprise White House appearance on March 27, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intent to make America’s cities less safe and more …

Presidential Golf Breaks: Good for America | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On March 27, CNN reports, US president Donald Trump left the White House for a day at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, his 13th trip to one …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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. …

Personal Finance

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 …