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Eric Holder: Defender of Private Property?

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US AG Holder did something good on asset forfeiture. But don't break out the prize for Libertarian of the Year just yet.

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If the FBI Says It, It Must Be True

The Police StateWar and Foreign Policy


Why do so many people who claim to be against big government believe everything the government says about foreign policy? 

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Nullification Works: Congress Ends Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana

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Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

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Posner on Privacy

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At a recent conference on cybercrime, Judge Richard Posner, a well-known federal appeals court judge and one of the founders of the “law and economics” movement, said that the needs of national security trump a supposed right to privacy.

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Judge Napolitano Versus Forced Quarantines

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One can make the case that in a thoroughly decentralized and anarchistic society, persons may find themselves in a state of practical near-quarantine because private owners of airlines, airports, lodging facilities, and even communities with private security may refuse entry or passage to...

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"Depenalizing" Marijuana Reduces Crime

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A recent paper published in the prestigious Journal of Political Economy, "Crime and the Depenalization of Cannabis Possession: Evidence from a Policing Experiment," reports on experimental policing in the city of London. ...

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Government "Security" Dictated by Prank-Calling Sadist in Walmart Shooting

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The shooting death of John Crawford in an Ohio Walmart store well illustrates the difference between private security and monopoly government security which is the final judge of...

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The American State and the Postal Service's Arsenal

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The political scientist and sociologist Max Weber defined the state as  any "human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory." There are variations on this...

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How Should a Patriot Act?

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As Glenn Greenwald makes clear, Bush has applied his claim to be above the law far beyond the issue of wiretaps. Bush has acted on the belief that he may seize anyone, even an American citizen living within the United States, and hold him as he deems fit in a military prison, there to be subject...

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