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“The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society,” 2016 Edition

“The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society,” 2016 Edition

By Thomas L. Knapp “Tax Day,” the deadline for filing individual federal income tax returns, falls on April 18 this year. Usually it’s April 15, but a federal holiday, Emancipation Day, bought you the weekend if you’re running late. I feel your pain. Sackcloth and ashes! Wailing and gnashing of teeth! In addition to the […]

The Stadium Welfairy Tale

The Stadium Welfairy Tale

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Most fairy tales begin “once upon a time, in a land far, far away.” The American sports industry’s fairy tale begins “all the time, right here.” Apart from that, though, it’s very similar to other fairy tales in that no sensible adult really believes the main elements of the […]

Socialism: National Review Should Talk

Socialism: National Review Should Talk

  . By Thomas L. Knapp Sometimes partisan reactions to political event prove more informational than the events themselves. The first Democratic presidential debate was a yawner. We learned little that we didn’t already know about the five participating candidates. But we learned something important from conservative columnist Jim Geraghty of National Review: “America Now […]

Five Years is Five Years Too Long: Free Julian Assange!

Five Years is Five Years Too Long: Free Julian Assange!

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The Associated Press reports that “British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012.” Arrest? Really? Assange has already […]

Score One for Fiorina: A Clarion Call to Budgeting Sanity

Score One for Fiorina: A Clarion Call to Budgeting Sanity

. . By Thomas L. Knapp In every presidential election cycle, candidates find themselves called upon to present plans for balancing the federal budget. And, for the most part, their plans call for doing so — in the sweet bye and bye. Never next year, seldom even next decade. The plan is for the current […]

War Party’s New Line: Vladimir Putin is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

War Party’s New Line: Vladimir Putin is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

. , By Thomas L. Knapp Remember the good old days? The US and the Soviet Union constantly staring each other down? Mutual Assured Destruction? Perpetual brushfire and proxy wars punctuated by deadly and disastrous conflicts like Korea and Vietnam? They’re baaaaaaack … America’s War Party (a faction that sprawls across Democratic and Republican affiliation […]

Slow News Days and Third Party Politics: Attack of the Goat-Sacrificing Roman Sun God!

Slow News Days and Third Party Politics: Attack of the Goat-Sacrificing Roman Sun God!

  . By Thomas L. Knapp American media seldom pay much attention to “third” political parties like the Libertarians and the Greens. They get footnotes in normal election coverage, with one exception: Sometimes someone weird shows up on a slow news day. Then it’s suddenly time to cover third parties. Enter Augustus Sol Invictus, a […]

Abortion: The “Rape and Incest Exception” is Demagoguery

Abortion: The “Rape and Incest Exception” is Demagoguery

   . By Thomas L. Knapp Whenever abortion comes up in a political context, pro-choice advocates highlight pro-life candidates’ refusal to support a “rape and incest exception” to any proposed ban on, or regulation of, abortion. The 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. This week CNN anchor Dana Bash handed the hot potato to former […]

It’s Classified: A Tale of Two Scofflaws

It’s Classified: A Tale of Two Scofflaws

    By Thomas L. Knapp For the crime of telling America and the world about the lawlessness of the American political class — including one Hillary Rodham Clinton — Chelsea Manning is now a political prisoner, serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth’s US Disciplinary Barracks, after a show trial which violated nearly every […]

The Problem With Ad Blockers: There Ain’t No Such Thing as Free Content

The Problem With Ad Blockers: There Ain’t No Such Thing as Free Content

    By Thomas L. Knapp PageFair’s 2015 Ad Blocking Report paints a desperate picture for web publishers. Those publishers, according to the report, can expect to lose $22 billion in revenues this year from readers’ widespread use of “ad blocking” software. Halfway into the web’s third decade, content providers still struggle to monetize their […]

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