Big Brother Gains a New Foothold in California Charities

When Big Brother is watching you, he can tell anyone he wants about what you are doing. Here is a suggestion: in order to have open government I think there should be a public database that anyone can access in order to find out your complete voting record. Everyone you voted for should be a available as public knowledge to every one of your neighbors. When you apply for a job, the decision maker should have access to your complete voting history. Right? No, that would be awful. It would Read more […]

Ruling by Intrigue

Many of our assumptions about the results of elections are mistaken because of politicians ruling by intrigue. The purpose of government is to rule and control.  Government’s role therefore seems at odds with liberty and the rights of the individual.  Having just gone through a major election cycle, as our nation sees a broad change of office holders, we might anticipate a different attitude from government.  However, what we perceive as true can be entirely different from actual truth.  Read more […]

The People’s Choice

While Democracy exalts the people’s choice, a Republic exalts the rule of law but depends on the people’s participation. The latest polls indicate that 70% of Americans believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction. Those that claim to understand the polls would have us believe there will be a major change of political party control as a result.  But that doesn’t mean a major change in the direction of the country.  If recent history is any indicator, the political party in Read more […]

Democracy in Hong Kong? Only Over Beijing’s Dead Body

Democracy in Hong Kong? Only Over Beijing’s Dead Body — But Hopefully Not Over The Demonstrators’ Bodies. Hong Kong is part of China, but enjoys a charmed existence.  Administered separately from the rest of the People’s Republic of China, the territory respects civil liberties while hosting the world’s freest economy.  But democratic Hong Kong is not. Demonstrators are pressing Beijing to make good on its promise to Great Britain to provide what London never did while the territory Read more […]

The Tyranny of Democracy

Does it drive you crazy when you hear politicians and talking heads refer to America as a “democracy”? If it does, I sympathize with you. And so do the founders. Here’s what James Madison, our fourth President and the man they call the “Father of the Constitution,” had to say about democracies: Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short Read more […]

How Democracy Produces Oligarchy

From the Federalist addressing whether or how democracy produces oligarchy: How is it that in a hyper-egalitarian age a purportedly democratic ideology has produced the seemingly-intractable oligarchic ruling class that dominates American politics? THAT… is a great question. Alexis de Tocqueville provides a clue in Democracy in America: “Democratic nations often hate those in whose hands the central power is vested, but they always love that power itself.” Whereas democratic equality Read more […]

Why Democracy Sometimes Works: The Rulers Get Too Delusional to See They are Vulnerable

The wonderful headlines about Eric Cantor’s defeat last night keep coming. Here is one from the Chicago Tribune: “Eric Cantor’s primary loss an ‘apocalyptic moment’ for the GOP.” The beginning of the article is wonderful but I liked these two paragraphs best: A seven-term congressman with ties to the financial industry, Cantor had spent more than $5 million to head off the challenge from Brat, a political newcomer who teaches at Randolph-Macon College. Brat spent only about $122,000, according Read more […]

Does Barack Obama Even Know Why We Have a Senate?

From the Washington Times: “Obama blames Founding Fathers’ ‘structural’ design of Congress for gridlock.” President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate. At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the Read more […]

Welfare & Immigration: Things I Am Sick of Hearing

I’m sick of all the screaming about illegal immigrants receiving welfare. Don’t get me wrong, they should not get a cent of welfare. But, at the same time, they should not get a cent less than any American citizen. Because there should be no federal welfare program. That is a fact both ethically and constitutionally. Ethically, I don’t think there should be state-level welfare either, though I don’t think it is actually a constitutional issue for any state of the Union. But I constantly Read more […]

Majority Rules Unless Our Leaders Declare the Majority Decision Doesn’t Rule

Let me see if I’ve got this straight… for many years, our elite have told us about the noble task of spreading “democracy” around the world (a terrible form of government that our Founders strongly rejected, but… I’ll leave that for another time). From Yahoo News: Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia on Sunday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders “the ground will burn under their Read more […]

Assad Is So Bad That The US Is Afraid He Would Win Re-Election In Syria?

Daniel McAdam’s makes a great observation at the Lew Rockwell blog. He points to a recent interview with “Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, which appeared in the respected Lebanese Daily Star newspaper.” Roknabadi told the Daily Star that the Iranian government had been under pressure to convince Syrian president Bashar al-Assad not to run again for president. As Syria’s only regional ally, Iran presumably has a good deal of influence with the Assad government. Ambassador Read more […]

Conversations About Light Bulbs With My Daughter: Wherein I Explain We Are Not Free

So my wife brought home a triumphant find last night. “Look what I got!” She held up the bag and I saw it contained several boxes of incandescent bulbs. “They are sixty-watt,” she said. “They were out of the forty-watt bulbs. But they only cost a dollar a piece.” “So I guess they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to sell them all tonight,” I said. “It will be illegal to buy them tomorrow.” (Of course, the seventy-five watt bulbs were criminalized a year ago). “Wait,” Read more […]