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Election 2016: Scott Walker vs. “Government Dependence”

Election 2016: Scott Walker vs. “Government Dependence”

By Thomas L. Knapp Announcing his presidential candidacy on July 13, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker touched on a familiar theme: “Helping adults who are able to work transition from government dependence to true independence,” he said, “will help more people live [the American Dream].” I call the theme “familiar” because Google returns more than 5,000 […]

An Explanation: What The Supreme Court Will Not do to ObamaCare

An Explanation: What The Supreme Court Will Not do to ObamaCare

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The US Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in King v. Burwell soon. At issue in the case is whether or not the Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” entitles people in states which have not established their own “exchanges” to federally subsidized health coverage. Writing […]

Presidential Politics: They’re All Conservatives

Presidential Politics: They’re All Conservatives

  , . By Thomas L. Knapp As reliably as seconds ticking by on an expensive wristwatch, Republican presidential candidates loudly and vehemently identify themselves as “conservatives.” We’re used to hearing politicians lie, but these politicians are telling the truth for once. They ARE all conservatives. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, on the other […]

Suicide: The Only Question That Matters

Suicide: The Only Question That Matters

  .   By Thomas L. Knapp A Dakota County, Minnesota jury voted on May 14 to convict Final Exit Network of helping Doreen Dunn take her own life in 2007. If the prosecution’s claims are true, Dunn, who suffered from chronic pain, sought Final Exit’s assistance in ending her life; two of the group’s […]

Marriage: How to De-Politicize the Culture War

Marriage: How to De-Politicize the Culture War

  , by Thomas L. Knapp In the United States, same-sex marriage is de facto legal — based on a combination of court rulings and legislation — in 36 states, the District of Columbia and several American Indian jurisdictions. The Supreme Court is widely expected to come down on the side of ending marriage apartheid […]

Regulating Rides: Markets Are Better Than Politics

Regulating Rides: Markets Are Better Than Politics

    By Thomas L. Knapp Jacksonville, Florida’s politicians have, once again, arrived at an impasse on the matter of how to regulate “ride-sharing” services UberX and Lyft (Christopher Hong, “UberX, Lyft remain in limbo as City Council looks to state for new regulations,” Florida Times-Union, May 17). Instead of asking the state’s legislature to […]

Pan Fascism: Mussolini was a Piker

Pan Fascism: Mussolini was a Piker

By Thomas L. Knapp California’s Senate unanimously approved a bill proffered by Sacramento Democrat Richard Pan on May 18. The bill “would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board.” Why are “beer bikes” so important to Senator Pan? If you guessed “because he […]

There’s No Such Thing as an Illegal Knife

There’s No Such Thing as an Illegal Knife

    , By Thomas L. Knapp “Nationwide, knife laws vary in neighboring towns, counties, cities and states,” writes Jesse J. Holland for the Associated Press. “This mishmash makes it difficult for citizens to comply.” The AP’s interest in knife laws stems from the recent death, in police custody in Baltimore, of Freddie Gray. Police […]

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: Dianne Feinstein–Menace or Threat?

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: Dianne Feinstein–Menace or Threat?

    By L.Neil Smith Most human beings possess a highly peculiar power: the “willing suspension of disbelief”. Throughout history (and probably prehistory, as well) individuals who would rather make up and tell stories than actually work for a living, from Sophocles to Stephen King, have relied on that ability — to forget all about […]

In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

    By Thomas L. Knapp Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates. The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information […]