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Tag: Shaun Bowen
  • The Problems of Left and Right: Trayvon Martin

    Unless you’ve… no, even if you have been living under a rock you’ve heard of the horrible case of Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman in Florida. This shocking case has gotten everyone from politicians, celebrities, talking heads, and yes, even my grandparents to weigh in on what happened that night. There …

  • CIA Doublecross?

    Ahmed Wali Karzai was not a nice guy. Known as one of the big leaders in the Afgani opium trade, he obviously had some enemies. Combine that with his brother, Hamid Karzai, being the American puppet leader of Afghanistan, and no one should be surprise that he was assassinated. However, despite the awesome movie his …

  • 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 …

  • Knocking Down Strawmen

    I’m sure many of you, minarchist and anarchist alike, have been unfairly labeled as “wanting to institute a Somalia style situtation” in America simply for wanting less regulation. Here is a great interview clip with Pete Leeson of George Mason University addressing this strawman argument that always seems to arise.

  • Death by Budget Cut?

    On June 1st  Raymond Zack decided to drown himself in the San Francisco Bay. The story is made even more tragic by the fact that police and firefighters, those who have sworn an oath to protect and serve, sat idly by, watching him drown, later claiming that they could not act because their budget had …

  • YAL to the Rescue

    Lately, especially with all the travel in my new job, I’ve become what an average person would call a podcast fiend. But hey — when you have hours to kill driving in a car, what better way to spend it than expanding one’s knowledge of news, politics and philosophy? So I was happy to hear …

  • Why Compromise Makes Things Worse

    As we move into another election cycle, there are some major moves coming down the pipeline around marijuana legalization. Two states, California and Colorado, will push for full legalization this year with a ballot iniative, and Washington or Oregon may as well. One point that all of these states have in common that activists will …

  • The Problem with Public Sector Unions Part 2: The Political Circle

    In my last piece about public sector unions, I discussed the reasons why the structure of a public sector union does not make sense in the context of the foundation of unionization. But as I mentioned then, that is just one of the many problems that come from the unionization of government employees. In this …

  • The Problem with Public Sector Unions, Part 1

    With all the hullabaloo going on in Wisconsin over the recent Republican move to strip collective bargining rights from public sector workers (excluding the police and firefighters unions) I feel there is alot of untruths and falsehoods that are being shot around. For those unfamiliar with the situtation, here is a video of Stefan Molyneux …

  • Playing Devil’s Advocate: What’s your solution?

    I’m sure that many of you who also read Lew Rockwell.com have seen the recent blog post about David Horowitz. For those who don’t have the stomach to get through the tripe that Horowitz has spewed onto his website let me give you a break down:  Muslisms = Bad, Israel = Good, Ron Paul = …