*Edit – Read Susan’s response article here By: Susan Cassidy I went into teaching because I wanted to make a difference. Most of us do. I certainly did not go into it for the money or the pension. Hell, at the beginning of my career, at the ripe old age of 20, I didn’t even [...]
“The cost of seeking office whether it’s for state legislature or a governorship or a member of the U.S. House or Senate, these costs have been going up for decades,” said Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies elections and campaign finance issues. “It’s kind of amusing to look back say [...]
By: Chris Edgin The more I think of the Megavideo take down, the more it bothers me, and one simple ground..no due process was granted to them at all and at this point I doubt there will even be a trial. The arrested people will likely be given fines as an easy way out of [...]
South Carolina Primary Results: Newt Gingrich 243,153 40.4% Mitt Romney 167,279 27.8% Rick Santorum 102,055 17% Ron Paul 77,993 13% Rick Perry 2,494 0.4% Other 8,192 1.4% According to a statement from the Ron Paul campaign, Paul more than quadrupled his numbers from 2008 from 15,773 to 77,993. Also, “After tonight, only 37 delegates, or [...]
A spokeswoman for Google confirmed that 4.5 million people added their names to the company’s anti-SOPA petition.
Michael Huemer asks his students to imagine being a neighborhood vigilante. Suppose, he says, you live in a crime-ridden neighborhood, and nothing’s being done about it. So you hunt down criminals and lock them in your basement. After awhile, you bill your neighbors for keeping the neighborhood safe. You tell neighbors who balk that not [...]
My wife Jodie Emery and I both receive thousands of letters and inquiries with impassioned pleas that read: “I want to do something to make a difference. I want to legalize marijuana. What can I do? Can you advise or help me start? Where do I begin?” This is a question, without rival, that we [...]
Some folks have heard me beat this drum. But it’s a fresh-enough thought – going to fundamentals that run deep beneath normal politics – so that I am moved to raise it yet again. In part because someone recently asked me, as author of The Transparent Society: “Can transparency and libertarianism complement each other?” Now [...]
Today we stand in solidarity with other sites who have chosen to black out in protest of SOPA and PIPA. There will be no posts or updates today. You can do your part by informing friends and family of these pieces of legislation and pointing them towards this article for more information. Thank you for [...]
Whatever his other shortcomings, I get plenty of entertainment from watching Mitt Romney on the news. His personality type — privileged white boy, executive-type hair, born with a silver foot in his mouth — reminds me of how much I miss Dan Quayle. And he — and his defenders — have certainly provided entertainment value [...]
Wrongful incarcerations totaled 1,480 in the last five years in L.A. County jails. Arkansas: Passenger Gets $1 After Excessive Cop Tasering
As soon as the federal government announced its trillion-dollar bailout (for starters) of Wall Street plutocrats, defenders of the bailout pulled out what they apparently believed was their secret weapon: the myth of Alexander Hamilton as the alleged inventor of American capitalism. Hamilton, they said, would approve of the bailout. Case closed. How could anyone [...]
By: Stephen Carter An often repeated line by many liberals and even some conservatives, is that it is hypocritical for a libertarian to accept money from the government in any form. So is this true? Not hardly.
The Supreme Court Fails to Protect Economic Liberty, Again – Reason
The New York Times poses the question: Why aren’t there more liberals in America?
The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. More Americans continue to identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%. This means independents let a small minority of [...]
By: Stephen Carter Sometimes I need to work more than forty hours a week, sometimes I want to work more than forty hours a week, either way it’s to get ahead and be a little more financially stable. Often though, I’m unable to do so.
Germany’s promotion of renewable energy rightly gets singled out for its effectiveness, most often by me as an example of how to do things well versus the fits and starts method of promotion common in the US. Over at Wind-Works, Paul Gipe points out another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of [...]
This Wednesday will mark the ten-year anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo prison camp. In The New York Times, one of the camp’s former prisoners, Lakhdar Boumediene, has an incredibly powerful Op-Ed recounting the gross injustice of his due-process-free detention, which lasted seven years. It was clear from the start that the accusations against [...]
How’s this for a crazy idea: a guy moves to a randomly selected city with $25 and plans to have a place to live, a car, and $2,500 in the bank—all within one year. Adam Shepard performed this exact feat and then wrote a book about it, titled Scratch Beginnings (SB Press, 240 pp, $13.95). [...]
Over 26,000 Republicans participating in that party’s Iowa Caucus voted for Ron Paul. According to data breaking down entrance polls conducted by Edison Research, Ron Paul won 43 percent of independents who voted in Tuesday’s caucus. Conversely, however, he garnered only 14 percent of those describing themselves as “Republicans.” This seems a substantial obstacle to [...]
The most perplexing character in Congress, ideologically speaking, is Ron Paul. This is a guy who exists in the Republican Party as a staunch opponent of American empire and big finance. His ideas on the Federal Reserve have taken some hold recently, and he has taken powerful runs at the Presidency on the obscure topic [...]
By: Ron Paul January 14, 2003 Two Democratic Congressman introduced legislation last week to revive the military draft, taking a race-baiting shot at the President and his war plans. Their idea is not new, however, as similar proposals were introduced by Republicans in the months following September 11th. Although the administration is not calling for [...]
The benefits of his candidacy are widely ignored, as are the Democrats’ own evils. Read More Excerpt from the article: It’s perfectly rational and reasonable for progressives to decide that the evils of their candidate are outweighed by the evils of the GOP candidate, whether Ron Paul or anyone else. An honest line of reasoning [...]
By: Gigi Bowman My New Year’s resolution to my country. I will do everything I can to get Ron Paul elected and here is why: