Civil Liberties

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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…

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Ride your party bike to somewhere free.

By Justin Katz | March 23, 2022 |

Westerly produces another bit of evidence that Rhode Island is not ultimately a free state: [Tom] Riley and Debbie Stebenne said they spent almost $30,000 on a custom party bike for their hotel near Misquamicut Beach. The goal was to bring an attraction to Rhode Island that is already a success in cities like Nashville,…

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We should more hallucinogenics toward legalization.

By Justin Katz | March 9, 2022 |

For the record, I’ve never tried hallucinogenic drugs.  Even as a reckless teenager who was otherwise open to self destruction, I knew myself well enough not to roll the dice on that experiment. This disclaimer is context for my agreement with progressive Democrat state representative Brandon Potter’s proposal to move toward decriminalization of psilocybin, which…

Sue Cienki with Richard August on State of the State

State of the State: Election Year 2022

By Richard August | February 27, 2022 |

Rhode Island GOP Chairperson Sue Cienki discusses with host Richard August a variety of issues and concerns from her political party’s perspective.

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Racking up legal fees is win-win for government officials.

By Justin Katz | February 25, 2022 |

A very interesting article from Tamara Sacharczyk, of WJAR, puts a spotlight on an aspect of the people’s interaction with government that doesn’t get enough attention: lawsuits: Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent defending state agencies in Rhode Island in recent years, and the NBC 10 I-Team uncovered taxpayers are oftentimes picking up…