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Capital Punishment Isn’t Unconstitutional. We Should End it Anyway.

Capital Punishment Isn’t Unconstitutional. We Should End it Anyway.

  By Thomas L. Knapp On April 1, The Supreme Court of the United States ruled against death row inmate Russell Bucklew’s appeal of his execution method. Nixing his claim that a rare medical condition would make the execution unconstitutionally “cruel and unusual” by virtue of being excruciatingly painful the Court (in an opinion written […]

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise | Clowns to Left of Me

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise | Clowns to Left of Me

  By L. Neil Smith Away out West in Flyover Country, we have seasonal contests of athletic prowess that we fondly call rodeos (accent on the first syllable unless you’re a California poseur). Based on various practical skills required by horse and cattle ranching, these competitions customarily pit cowboys against one another, and against large, powerful animals. Okay, cowgirls, too. […]

One Libertarian’s Free (Well, Nearly Free) College Plan

One Libertarian’s Free (Well, Nearly Free) College Plan

  By Thomas L. Knapp In 2015, president Barack Obama unveiled a proposal — “America’s College Promise” — to waive tuition at community colleges, allowing students to complete an associate degree (or the first half of a bachelor’s degree) at little or no cost to themselves. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton offered up even […]

The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to A Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It

The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to A Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Nothing,” economist Milton Friedman once observed, “is so permanent as a temporary government program.” And nothing makes a government’s programs — or, more importantly, changes in its core values — more permanent than the loss of collective memory that comes with generational changes. We’re hitting a big one soon. It […]

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

  by Thomas L. Knapp Orlando, Florida, 2016, at the Libertarian Party’s national convention: “Jim Fulner (MI) moved that we adopt the following resolution: ‘Be it resolved, taxation is theft.’ Following debate, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote.” Thus making a slogan much-loved by radical libertarians, and a claim implicit in the party’s […]

Just When You Thought “Russiagate” Couldn’t Get Any Sillier …

  by Thomas L. Knapp April 20 is cannabis culture’s high holiday, and  the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election. The suit confirms that […]

New Hampshire: Once More Unto the Breach

New Hampshire: Once More Unto the Breach

  By Thomas L. Knapp With nearly two years to go before the 2020 presidential primaries kick off, the vultures are already circling New Hampshire. The Washington Post’s John Wagner reports on recent or coming visits to the state by US president Donald Trump, vice-president Mike Pence, 2016 also-ran John Kasich, and former US Senator […]

Who’s on Third? Not John Kasich

Who’s on Third? Not John Kasich

  By Thomas L. Knapp “I don’t think either party is answering people’s deepest concerns and needs,” Ohio governor John Kasich said in a February 25 interview on ABC News’s This Week. “I don’t think it’s going to happen tomorrow but I think over time do not be surprised if these millennials and these Gen Xers begin […]

Invitation to the Libertarian Holiday Party December 6th

Invitation to the Libertarian Holiday Party  December 6th

End the year with a festive holiday social at Marie Callender’s in Ventura on Wednesday December 6th, starting at 6:30 PM and ending around 8:30 PM. Enjoy a gathering with fellow Libertarians where new and current members will be treated to a free slice of pie. The restaurant is located at 1295 So. Victoria Avenue. […]

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

. by Thomas L. Knapp Writing at The American Conservative, Mike Lofgren tears into the guts of Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, the latest book by Republican political commentator Laura Ingraham. Lofgren’s two key points — that Donald Trump is no populist, and that conservatism is not populism — […]

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