Crime and Punishment in the Land of the Free

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Earlier this week, the ballot measure in Ohio to legalize marijuana (Issue 3) failed, although according to most of the analysis out there, its failure was more about the oligopoly that it would have created than the issue of legalizing the drug. On Tuesday, a US commodity trader was the first to be found guilty […]

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Liberty Weeps over Ferguson and New York

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Last night’s decision over Eric Garner in New York after what happened in Ferguson has left the United States in more turmoil than the nation has experienced in years, maybe even decades. I tossed and turned much of the night, unable to sleep, angry and sad.  Liberty, what I hold most dear, weeps.   Much […]

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Inequality of Racism

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Yesterday the NBA barred Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for the racist remarks he made in a recorded private conversation. Naturally Facebook immediately became a hotbed for inflammatory debate, much of it not worth one’s time to read as all too often in today’s society thoughtful discussion and reasoned, rational debate is replaced by […]

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Prison, it’s not the perks, it’s the population: An over-criminalization crisis

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The headlines this week have been touting how “Prison life has never been so good,” here and here. While I understand why taxpayers would be none too pleased at the idea that prisoners enjoy more daily life perks than those out earning a living every day, it isn’t the perks that are the problem. It […]

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Forget Snowden and Focus on the NSA

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The NSA works for us.  The power to govern lies with We the People and flows from us to the government, not the other way around.  The NSA does not dictate to us what the appropriate constraints on its activities ought to be.  It may suggest, but We the People decide what controls we want […]

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