Civil Liberties

Ed Fitzpatrick’s Pick-and-Choose Censorship

By Justin Katz | April 1, 2009 |

Most of us on the right have opposed campaign finance reform, as enacted, and it wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest that the issue cost McCain votes and good will for his bid for president. Folks on the left, particularly in the mainstream media, tend to have a sunnier view. Of course, media types tend to…

A Step Towards State-Run Media in the US?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 24, 2009 |

This is a tad frightening…With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, [Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin] on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks… Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax…

Reed and Whitehouse Oppose Free Speech

By Justin Katz | March 1, 2009 |

Via Ocean State Republican, via Club for Growth, we learn that Rhode Island’s delegation provided two of the mere eleven U.S. Senators who broke with eighty-seven of their peers by voting against a Republican amendment preventing “the Federal Communications Commission from repromulgating the fairness doctrine.” Here’s where political calculations come into play: The amendment was…

Does anyone in Washington, D.C. believe in liberty?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | November 26, 2008 |

Continuing the earlier discussion about the Detroit bailouts, there is a broader debate taking shape: Obama Chief of Staff Hopes to Exploit the Economic Crisis to Expand the Growth of Government: In earlier posts I have emphasized the risk that the combination of economic crisis and unified Democratic control of Congress and the White House…

Stop Idea Rationing Now

By Justin Katz | November 6, 2008 |

Call it “star wars” for the “thought police.” In response to a plea from Peter Kirsanow for folks to begin advocating against the “Fairness Doctrine” before it becomes an immediate threat, a Corner reader suggested that we come up with a name that doesn’t validate the Orwellian evocation of “fairness.” I suggest “idea rationing.” The…

Academic Theatrics as Indication of the Future

By Justin Katz | October 24, 2008 |

This is shocking: DeHayes would not provide the exact contents of the messages, which he said were found on a computer in the Memorial Union, the student life building, and at Swan Hall. In an interview yesterday, he would say only that they were a “characterization” of Obama. DeHayes said a student brought the messages…

Tools for Future Subjugation

By Justin Katz | October 2, 2008 |

Alright, so let’s allow that David Richardson pushed the envelope to an imprudent degree — that it was wrong of him to harass customers to his store for the reason that they were speaking Spanish. Mark my words: Such precedent will expand until it crowds out our freedom: Providence storeowner David C. Richardson has signed…

Separation of Advocacy and State

By Justin Katz | July 30, 2008 |

Tiverton’s public hearing on charter-related questions potentially to be placed on the next ballot didn’t let out until after 11:00, Monday night, although many in the audience (including the Providence Journal’s Gina Macris) left after the headline-grabbing debate over the future of the financial town meeting had ended. I stayed so late — despite dying…

Second Amendment Ruling, In Sum

By Justin Katz | June 30, 2008 |

Local law student and IT worker Brian Mekdsy offers a summary of the recent Second Amendment ruling by the Supreme Court on his new (to me) blog, Libertarian Observer.

The FISA Compromise, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | June 27, 2008 |

RI Future diarist “forsanri” has posted a long item purportedly taking Congressman James Langevin to task for supporting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reform that passed the House and is pending in the Senate. After an incoherent shot at Anchor Rising involving aluminum siding salesmen and carpenters (I didn’t get it), four points are made…