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Posner on Privacy

Legal SystemThe Police State


At a recent conference on cybercrime, Judge Richard Posner, a well-known federal appeals court judge and one of the founders of the “law and economics” movement, said that the needs of national security trump a supposed right to privacy.

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Judge Napolitano Versus Forced Quarantines

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One can make the case that in a thoroughly decentralized and anarchistic society, persons may find themselves in a state of practical near-quarantine because private owners of airlines, airports, lodging facilities, and even communities with private security may refuse entry or passage to...

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"Depenalizing" Marijuana Reduces Crime

Big GovernmentHealthThe Police State


A recent paper published in the prestigious Journal of Political Economy, "Crime and the Depenalization of Cannabis Possession: Evidence from a Policing Experiment," reports on experimental policing in the city of London. ...

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Government "Security" Dictated by Prank-Calling Sadist in Walmart Shooting

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The shooting death of John Crawford in an Ohio Walmart store well illustrates the difference between private security and monopoly government security which is the final judge of...

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The American State and the Postal Service's Arsenal

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The political scientist and sociologist Max Weber defined the state as  any "human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory." There are variations on this...

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How Should a Patriot Act?

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As Glenn Greenwald makes clear, Bush has applied his claim to be above the law far beyond the issue of wiretaps. Bush has acted on the belief that he may seize anyone, even an American citizen living within the United States, and hold him as he deems fit in a military prison, there to be subject...

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Security Fashion

Media and CultureThe Police State


I can vaguely recall a time when the person who helped kids across the street was called a "crossing guard." It seems like not to long ago, the person parked and watched cars was called a "parking attendant." The people directing traffic at construction sites were just construction workers. The...

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Free Audiobook: "The Market for Liberty"

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Ian Bernard, host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast "Free Talk Live" has produced a free audiobook of Linda and Morris Tannehill's The Market for Liberty (print version available here).


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The Truth about the Strike

The Police StatePolitical Theory


Skip Oliva is giving us regular updates on the writers' guild strike, from an informed perspective. He points particularly to the police-state enforcement tactics of the union itself. Excellent reading.

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