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Tag: Human rights
  • Defending Lincoln’s Critics

    I’m not sure how a conservative undertakes to write a pro-Lincoln apologetic without a single word pledged to exculpating ostensible Fourteenth Amendment grievances from “small-government” opprobrium.  But National Review’s indefatigable Rich Lowry has done it in a piece called “Defending Lincoln.”  I’m just unconvinced that the article delivers as promised, is all. In so “defending,” …

  • Americans Force Innocent Civilians into a Gruesome Death March

    NPR is reporting that U.S. and Afghan soldiers have allegedly forced innocent villagers into a gruesome Death March: Villagers from a violent part of southern Afghanistan say that Afghan troops, along with several American mentors, forced civilians to march ahead of soldiers on roads where the Taliban were believed to have planted bombs and landmines. …

  • Bad Cases Set Bad Precedents

    In my constitutional law class, my professor always had a saying about how the Supreme Court’s dicey decisions on issues such as obcsenity, torture, and segregation lead to bad outcomes. That saying was “bad cases lead to bad precedents.” There is no case that represents this saying better than Buck v. Bell. This now infamous …

  • UCI YAL chapter on fall of the Berlin Wall

    President of Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of California- Irvine, Anthony Burke, posted his speech he gave at UCI on November 9th to commemorate the fall of the Berlin wall. Anthony eloquently discussed the connection between the politics of liberty and the upholding of human rights: it should be clear that the ideas of any collectivist …

  • Right to Life, Liberty, and 1Mb Broadband Internet

    Finland has passed legislation that makes 1Mb (Megabit per second) internet access a legal right starting in July 2010, and Finnish rights will grow to 100Mb in 2015.  Huh, and all this time I was thinking that rights never changed! CNET recalls a similar happening in France: France, one of a few countries that has …

  • Human rights now, not later.

    President Obama made a committment  to the Human Rights Campaign to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The policy disallows anyone who… “demonstrates a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because “it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of …