Civil Liberties

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Progressives don’t want more information about the weapons used in crimes.

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2021 |

Anita Baffoni reports for WPRI on the decision of Democrat Governor Dan McKee to take the middle path between vetoing a bill and signing it — allowing it to become law without his signature — on a bill that modifies what must be reported when guns are used in crimes.  Most notably, the bill, which…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Politics Becomes All

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how everything is becoming political narrative, not serving and protecting the people, in Rhode Island.

Edouard Manet's The Barricade (Civil War)

A gun confiscation policy will never, ever work in the United States (and is the wrong approach, anyway).

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

In a long (language-warninged) post from November 2018, Larry Correia ran through the mental exercise of imagining what would happen upon federal implementation of a gun confiscation program would look like.  He wrote in the context of comments that gun owners couldn’t possibly take on the U.S. military, which Joe Biden has recently echoed, as…

Maria Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson

Note the dog that isn’t barking about Fed spying on Tucker Carlson.

By Justin Katz | July 8, 2021 |

Popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson has noted a development in his ongoing conflict with the National Security Agency (NSA) after a whistleblower informed him the agency was reading his emails and planned to leak them to the media to discredit him. Jon Brown reports on The Daily Wire: Speaking with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo…

Black man reviewing business trends

A public-private partnership focused on businesses by race is inherently destructive.

By Justin Katz | July 7, 2021 |

Attitudes may be changing rapidly on this (or at least the mainstream narrative may be), but the partnership between the administration of Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Foundation focusing on minority-owned businesses is destructive to our state.  From an RI Foundation press release by Chris Barnett (emphasis added): “Supporting and growing our small…

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The Cheap and Dangerous Scam of Stigmatizing “Whiteness”

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2021 |

Coincidentally while the federal government moves to excuse police and even military action against the phantom threat of “white supremacy,” academics are preparing to declare “whiteness” to be a pathology in need of a final solution.

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We need stronger limits to how much info the cancel squads can grab.

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2021 |

Cornell law professor William Jacobson, highlights an important U.S. Supreme Court ruling, writing on his Legal Insurrection blog: In an Opinion issued today, the Supreme Court has stricken a California policy requiring disclosure of large non-profit donor information to state regulators. The case establishes the important principle that if you want to make, ahem, large donations to…

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Standing does matter in our legal system, but our courts are undermining it.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

Writing from the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, GianCarlo Canaparo offers a short explainer of why standing matters in legal proceedings and how the judiciary is currently making a mess of it. Both of those points are valuable to read, because the reason to limit cases based on standing…

Tucker Carlson reports NSA spying

Feds’ spying on Tucker Carlson should make us glad RI has no spy apparatus.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

It should also make us value federalism more.  Moving power away from local hands and toward a central government that necessarily has spies and a military is a terrible idea.  The petty tyrants of your local government may be annoying and difficult to challenge, but they’re still easier to deal with than a tyrannical D.C.…

Tiverton Board of Canvassers 6/25/21

Speaking of tyranny, defenders of civil rights in Rhode Island should make a point of documenting and communicating examples.

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2021 |

South Kingstown has been receiving national attention recently based on multiple ways in which its school committee and superintendent have been crossing lines of propriety, but related trends bear watching across Rhode Island.  Then-Governor Gina Raimondo’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, which now-Governor Daniel McKee has refused to remove, didn’t only restrict the public’s freedom, but also increased…

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