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Legislation: The Moral of the Story

Legislation: The Moral of the Story

. . By Thomas L. Knapp It feels to me (and Google seems to bear the feeling out) as if not a minute goes by without someone asserting “you can’t (or shouldn’t) legislate morality” and someone else retorting “oh yes you can (and should)!” This is a pet peeve of mine. Please bear with me […]

King for a day — The rest of the year, not so much

King for a day — The rest of the year, not so much

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Since 1986, Americans have observed the third Monday of January as a federal holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Schools and communities put on marches and commemorative events. Some workers (sadly not including most of the working poor of all races to whose advancement King dedicated his life) get […]

Yosemite Sham: Trademark Trolls Try to Tap Taxpayers

Yosemite Sham: Trademark Trolls Try to Tap Taxpayers

. . by Thomas L. Knapp Hell hath no fury like a former business partner scorned. The Associated Press reports that a company called Delaware North, which ran Yosemite National Park’s hotels and restaurants for two decades under contract with the US National Park Service, wants a $51 million payoff after losing those concessions to […]

What Does The Federal Reserve Have to Hide?

What Does The Federal Reserve Have to Hide?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Over the years, dissidents in Congress (notably including former US Representative Ron Paul and current Republican and Democratic presidential contenders Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders) have periodically proposed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve. The legislation is always rejected and, when it gets any significant attention at all, roundly […]

The Self-Driving Dilemma: Safety versus Freedom

The Self-Driving Dilemma: Safety versus Freedom

. . By Thomas L. Knapp A new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examines the difference between regular automobiles and the new “self-driving” models. According to the study (commissioned by an admittedly self-interested party, Google) humans behind the wheel crash 4.2 times per million miles, self-driving cars only 3.2 times per million miles. […]

Disband and Defund the Touchy, Stealy Administration

Disband and Defund the Touchy, Stealy Administration

. . By Thomas L. Knapp “Inappropriate.” “Invasive.” That’s how Kevin Payne of San Diego, California describes a Transportation Security Administration employee’s “patd own” of his daughter Vendela at the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina airport. He’s unduly kind. The “pat down” — which Payne captured on cell phone video — was a sexual assault which, in […]

“Gun Control” — Can Someone Please Make That Man a Ham Sandwich?

“Gun Control” — Can Someone Please Make That Man a Ham Sandwich?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp On January 5, US president Barack Obama unveiled his first major policy action of the new year: A batch of new victim disarmament — or, as its supporters call it, “gun control” — measures which he intends to impose by executive order. The response from Republicans in Congress is, […]

Election 2016: Will You Take a NAP With Me?

Election 2016: Will You Take a NAP With Me?

    By Thomas L. Knapp With the next US national election only a little more than ten months away, you’ll soon be hearing from, and about, candidates of all parties. America’s third largest party, the Libertarian Party, will likely run more than a thousand candidates for local, state and federal office. Some of them, […]

McAfee 2016: Libertarian for Real?

McAfee 2016: Libertarian for Real?

By Thomas L. Knapp In September, after computer security pioneer John McAfee announced his presidential candidacy under the “Cyber Party” label, I publicly suggested that he should consider seeking the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination instead. On Christmas Eve, McAfee announced he’s doing exactly that. No, I don’t think my suggestion changed his mind. I have […]

Canute’s Courtiers Condemn Consumer Crypto — Feds to end encrypted data?

Canute’s Courtiers Condemn Consumer Crypto — Feds to end encrypted data?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb collected a reward of £100 (a fairly princely sum back then — depending on how the inflation is calculated, perhaps upward of half a million US dollars today) from the British government. After a major dockyard burglary, the government ran a competition to produce a […]