George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee this week, addressing the nonenforcement of the laws. In Turley’s words: “We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government. There has been a massive gravitational shift of authority to the Executive Branch that … Continue reading The Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws
Our rulers, I mean. The story inspiring today's rant is the revelation that the NSA and the UK's GCHQ have collected millions of webcam images from ordinary Internet users, including their most private conversations. They have no respect for our privacy, our rights, or our dignity as human beings. To agents of the state, we … Continue reading They Really Are at War with Us, Aren’t They?
From the Peter Peterson Foundation:
Ukraine interim president warns of "separatism risk" - I don't believe that there's any such risk, but it's obviously useful to the new government to propound such a risk as an excuse for a crackdown on Yanukovych supporters "On libertarian stupidity and the Civil War" Bitcoin at Liberty Forum Interested in speaking at PorcFest or … Continue reading Assorted Links
There was a brief moment a few years back when concerns over the size of the budget deficit were leading to some discussions of the long-term fiscal imbalances and the potentials for a grand bargain. But with last month’s budget deal, the debt is no longer on the agenda. As Alex Seitz-Wald notes in National … Continue reading Moving On from the Debt
The government and the opposition in Ukraine have begun to shoot each other, leading to 26 deaths overnight. The Ukrainian army is being mobilized, and protestors have started to storm police stations and arm themselves. Could Ukraine be facing civil war? Several factors point to a high likelihood of civil war. The first is the … Continue reading The Risk of Civil War in Ukraine
Jason Brennan has a nice talk on this question over at BHL. My crankier piece, "Don't Go to Grad School," is here.