Civil Liberties

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Dealing with Threats to Our Bodies and Our Rights

By John Loughlin | June 4, 2022 |

John Loughlin speaks with Dr. Tim Shafman about cancer and Glenn Valentine of the RI Firearm Owners League about the prospect (and legality) of proposed gun regulation

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The gun-controllers’ dehumanizing talking point proves the importance of the Second Amendment.

By Justin Katz | June 4, 2022 |

The day of the school shooting in Ulvade, Joe Biden took to his national platform to blame people who disagree him about the Second Amendment and the practical steps to stop mass shootings: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” That talking point has filtered down throughout the…

A joint in a dirty hand.

As with guns, the culture is important to consider when it comes to marijuana.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2022 |

The issues of gun regulation and marijuana legalization have an interesting overlap, even as they head in opposite directions. To increase regulation of the former, advocates insist that we focus on the implements used for harm (the guns) and eschew — sometimes with great vehemence and insult to those who disagree — the notion that…

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Ulvade exposed a contradiction in our policy compromises around gun regulation.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2022 |

Policy arguments driven by emotion will often have incoherent gaps in their logic, and the Ulvade shooting exposes a big one. Emotional people tend to focus on the most-dramatic element in a scene, which in this case is the shooter, and the solution appears to them to be removal of the gun.  The problem is…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Beigeness of RI Politicians

By Justin Katz | May 9, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the gubernatorial “forum” and abortion politics.

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No issue is as revealing as abortion.

By Justin Katz | May 3, 2022 |

As a conservative writer in Rhode Island, I find it difficult to know where to begin a reaction to the apparent, likely, or maybe only as-yet possible decision of the United States Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade this session. The place to start, I suppose, is with the biggest and most-obvious point.  Unless our…

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Catching up with John Loughlin’s April

By John Loughlin | April 23, 2022 |

John Loughlin conducts multiple interviews on a variety of topics during the month of April.

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The Left has no credibility to argue against censorship anymore.

By Justin Katz | April 21, 2022 |

A theme of progressive politics is coming into sharp clarity, exposing how the ideology brings about totalitarian ends while using the language of freedom, democracy, individualism, civil rights, and so on.  Many on the right have observed that the progressive dictionary is simply different from standard English — they use words to mean things that…

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Has the media rebranded “gang violence” as “mass shootings”?

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2022 |

You don’t have to pay very much attention to political discourse in the United States to know that “mass shooting” has a very particular definition.  When Americans hear the phrase, they think of one or more psychotic gunmen killing people indiscriminately as an expression of alienation. It feels deliberate, therefore, that the mainstream media appears…

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New England Democrats are edging toward a Chinese Communist social credit system.

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2022 |

In China, the Communist Party has implemented and is continually expanding a social credit system that seeks to use economic opportunities and restrictions to reward behavior the party likes and punish those who do things it doesn’t.  The system affects where people can live, how easily they can access credit, the speed of their Internet…