Free Speech

Destroying free speech in service of abortion

Remember the days when Democratic politicians at least pretended that, although they wanted abortions to be “safe and legal,” they also wanted them to be “rare”? Those days are …

Sex trafficking act would lead to censorship online, not safety

Changes unveiled last week to the controversial Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) have won the support of the Internet Association, which includes tech giants like Facebook and Twitter. While these …

Jeff Sessions pushes back on free-speech limits

After Donald Trump was elected president, scores of students at Pierce College in Los Angeles, part of the nation’s largest community college system, walked out on classes, marched and peacefully …

Harris deserves praise for seeking middle ground on sex-trafficking bill

The Sacramento Bee implied in a recent article that Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,  was being inconsistent or unduly influenced by Silicon Valley campaign supporters for her reluctance to …

Section 230: When should online platforms be liable for the unlawful activity of their users?

When should online platforms be liable for unlawful activity? Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) generally immunizes online platforms from liability when users engage in …

How supporting internet freedom in Cambodia makes America great

I’ve had the privilege of working on internet freedom issues in a range of foreign countries, but none of my partnerships abroad has meant more to me than …

War for the Web: Countering ISIS and violent extremism online

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has been at the forefront of international calls for technology companies to do …

Canadian Google crackdown illustrates need to protect free speech online

In 1996, the internet activist and former Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow famously declared to the governments of the world that they would have “no sovereignty” in cyberspace. Two …

Diverse voices unite to ask Congress not to gut Section 230

It’s hard to argue against a bill as unassailably titled as the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act, introduced in the Senate last week as S.1693. The measure already …

A bill intended to stop sex trafficking could significantly curtail internet freedom

No one can dispute that there is sex trafficking in the United States, or that criminals now use the internet to facilitate sex trafficking and other crimes, just …

Letter: Sex trafficking bill would be counter-productive, undermine Internet freedom

The R Street Institute and TechFreedom are leading a bipartisan coalition of think tanks and civil-society organizations deeply concerned with the recently introduced Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act …

The strange war on alcohol advertising

Earlier this year, a drumbeat began to ban drinks advertising. There was the Washington Post, which ran an article titled: “For women, heavy drinking has been normalized. That’s dangerous.” To ensure …

R Street comments to FCC on modernization of media regulation

The attached comments were co-authored by R Street Tech Policy Associate Joe Kane. The media landscape in America has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past few decades. In …

Looking forward to next 20 years of a post-Reno internet

The internet we have today could have been very different, more like the over-the-air broadcast networks that still labor under broad federal regulatory authority while facing declining relevance. But …

Brown’s union ploy shows unions still fear end to mandatory dues

On first blush, the latest effort by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators to give public-employee unions access to public agencies to hold “orientation” seminars with new hires …

Theresa May’s plan to regulate the internet won’t stop terrorism; It might make things worse

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street National Security and Justice Policy Director Arthur Rizer.  In the wake of Saturday's horrific attack on London—the third high-profile terrorist incident …

On Memorial Day, remember them, but also remember why

For Memorial Day, I'd planned to write about remembering our men and women in uniform. It's a respectful sentiment but, the more I thought about it, I realized it's …

Fight over ‘commies’ shows ongoing Capitol silliness

When I was a precocious teenager, I worked at a book store in a shopping mall and was responsible for stocking the politics section with books. For sheer …

California looks to finally end the Cold War

The Cold War ended decades ago, but vestiges of the conflict still surround us. In the California Legislature, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, has introduced Assembly Bill 22, which …

Here comes the attempt to reframe Silicon Valley as modern robber barons

It's difficult for me to read Jonathan Taplin's cri de coeur about Google and other technology companies that have come to dominate the top tier of successful American …

ACLU gives needed rebuke to OC’s meetings policy

City governments, police departments and county boards of supervisors have an enduringly difficult time understanding the proper order of things. It’s clichéd, but true. We don’t work for …

Unsafe spaces

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Analyst David Bahr. Three months after the 2016 election, many Americans are still reeling. Anti-Trump protests clog the streets, shrill …

‘Fake News’ is repackaging an old debate

Fake news isn’t new. As far back as 1927, The American Mercury’s H.L. Mencken remarked on “the problem of false news” and the decay of American journalism in …

OC flap sheds light on academic bullying

The board of trustees at an Orange County, Calif., community college district put an end to a long-simmering local dispute by ending the suspension of a student who …

My boys and I attended a GOP town hall to see what democracy looks like

Contrary to popular belief, it isn't easy to convince a 7-year-old and 5-year old to make contributions to America's civil discourse on a Saturday morning. That said, my …

College officials need swift lesson in academic freedom

There’s something creepily totalitarian about Orange Coast College’s handling of the now nationally known incident involving 19-year-old Caleb O’Neil, who was suspended from the college for two semesters …

‘Free speech’ isn’t a justification for being terrible

Given what I've seen lately, I'm not sure most of us really understand the concept of free speech enshrined in our Constitution. The First Amendment is essential to …

Dues case spotlights unfairness of funding one’s foes

In an oft-quoted scene from “The Godfather,” Michael Corleone and family consigliere Tom Hagen discuss a planned hit on a competing mobster and dirty cop. Michael assures Tom, …

Partisan echo chambers erode our check on political power

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the Trump administration is "going to hold the press accountable" because "the American people deserve better." Some media outlets could …

What a relief: Rohrabacher can retreat to his ‘safe space’

Conservatives love to mock liberal college students who clamor for “safe spaces,” where they can hide from ideas that run contrary to their politically correct sensibilities. Yes, these …

A national law needed to protect online freedom of speech

The following op-ed was co-authored by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who represents Texas' 27th congressional district. Christmas is almost here. While Santa Claus knows who’s been naughty or nice, …

Consumer Review Fairness Act heads to Obama’s desk

The U.S. Senate this week gave unanimous consent to H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that would protect reputational information online. Having previously passed the House …

Cybercrime and the war on digital free speech

The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like …

R Street’s priorities for the next administration

The incoming Trump administration will inherit numerous challenges that must be dealt with in year one, such as overwhelming shortfalls in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and debt …

California Aborting Free Speech Rights

In signing a bill that criminalizes the distribution of a “confidential” video of a “health-care provider,” Gov. Jerry Brown has at least dispensed with the notion that California’s …

It’s Time To Make Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Reports Available To The Public

This piece was co-authored by Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist. American taxpayers support the $140 million a year expenditures of the Congressional Research Service, an independent and highly influential …

Why we need federal anti-SLAPP

Donald Trump has promised that if he becomes president, he’s going to “open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece we …

Congress’ new opportunity to protect free speech: Voting to pass SPEAK FREE

As a computer hobbyist 30 years ago, I already could see where this online chat thing was going. Long before the word "internet" became part of the universal …

Vote YES on H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act

The R Street Institute encourages all members to support passage of H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act. This bill is expected to be considered under suspension of …

PC segregation still on the rise

It's the start of a new school year, so it’s time to hear bizarre stories from the nation’s universities — those politically correct hothouses where seemingly intelligent people …

Letter to California Supreme Court on Hassell v. Bird

The attached letter was co-authored by R Street General Counsel Cameron Smith.  Re: Hassell v. Bird, 247 Cal. App. 4th 1336 (Court of Appeal Case No. A143233) Dear Hon. Justices, The …

Porn isn’t for kids, but we don’t seem to care

America isn't doing enough to protect our children from the impacts of pornography. As the father of three young boys, I know my sons are going to encounter …

Democrats’ climate agenda deserves a conservative response

As the Democratic Party looks to advance what has been characterized as the “most progressive platform in the party's history,” there's never been a more urgent time for …

Science Committee broadens witch hunt against nonprofits

The U.S. House Science Committee has subpoenaed the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the presidents of some other left-of-center advocacy groups like Greenpeace to testify …

Another revolting attack on our liberties

During a recent stroll around the west steps of the state Capitol, I eyed a group of “Yes California Independence Campaign” handing out the state flag. The flag …

Even Sacramento Nazis have rights

In the 1979 comedy movie classic "The Blues Brothers,” Jake and Ellwood Blues undertake an odyssey to put their band back together, all in an effort to raise …

Godwin talks anti-SLAPP laws at CKI panel

R Street Innovation Policy Director Mike Godwin joined a number of other notable panelists to discuss strategic lawsuits against public participation ("SLAPPs") and what legal and legislative strategies are …

80+ groups support H.R. 5053 and eliminating the IRS Schedule B form for 501(c) organizations

June 13, 2016 Dear Member, As organizations that represent the interests of millions of taxpayers across the country, we write in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and …

The end of the free speech consensus

What happens when the consensus for free speech evaporates and those with political power become willing to use any means necessary to silence people who hold unpopular views? …

I created Godwin’s Law in 1990, but it wasn’t a prediction – it was a warning

Earlier this month, my email and social media alerts starting going off when friends let me know a pseudonymous number-cruncher had "proved" Godwin's Law. This struck me as odd, …

U.S. Senate fumbles with Facebook, fairness and free speech

Let's just assume that the rumors are true. Imagine a world in which Facebook actively promoted liberal stories and suppressed conservative ones. Let's go a step further and …

13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act

Dear Chairman Burgess and Ranking Member Schakowsky: Each day, online review sites encourage millions of Americans to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they depend …

Turnabout is still foul play in politically motivated subpoena fight

House Republicans’ recently announced effort to probe the activities of environmental groups and foundations like the Rockefeller Family Fund and Union of Concerned Scientists is wrong. And it’s wrong for almost …

Google to France: We can’t pick this Bonaparte

Today's announcement from Google that the company will appeal a French agency’s order to abide by France’s version of the so-called "right to be forgotten" all over the …

Environmentalists’ attack on free speech

I'm a former employee of the Competitive Enterprise Institute who disagrees with the organization's take on the subject of climate change. I'm nonetheless outraged that CEI now faces …

Al Gore’s climate gestapo seeks to punish political dissent

AG's United for Clean Power should embrace the more appropriate moniker, "Climate Gestapo." The coalition assembled by former Vice President Al Gore and 17 state attorneys general appears set to …

Re:Create Coalition comments on DMCA safe harbor provisions

Pursuant to the notice of inquiry published by the Copyright Office (the Office) in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 81, 862 (Dec. 31, 2015), later extended …

As anti-SLAPP moves in Kansas, federal action still needed

The Kansas House of Representatives earlier this week passed the Enacting the Public Speech Protection Act (HB 2054) by a nearly unanimous 123-1 margin. If its overwhelming support …

Dear America, please remember Skokie

In recent weeks, America’s presidential campaign politics have gotten uglier. Much uglier. The protests have gotten out of hand. Showing up at political events to call candidates’ supporters names …

How to block a SLAPP

"We're going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece we can sue them and win money," Donald Trump said …

Let’s keep remembering the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Search-engine giant Google announced earlier today that it has expanded its implementation of the European Union’s "Right to Be Forgotten." I get why the company made this choice, …

Congress should consider federal anti-SLAPP protections, new paper finds

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2016) — Congress should examine ways to extend the protections afforded by state-level laws against "SLAPPs" – strategic lawsuits against public participation – to the federal …

SLAPPed for raising questions about fraud

The attached policy short was co-authored by R Street Legal Intern Moriah Mensah.   In 2009, Angelique Smith and other parents of students at Agora Cyber Charter School began questioning …

Mensah talks SLAPP on the Tech Policy Podcast

R Street policy intern Moriah Mensah sat down recently with Evan Swarztrauber, the host of TechFreedom’s Tech Policy Podcast, to discuss strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) and public …

Free­-market, pro­-consumer groups support federal anti-­SLAPP legislation

On behalf of the undersigned free­-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for H.R. 2304, the SPEAK FREE Act, and urge you to move it swiftly …

Sure, call Trump a Nazi. Just make sure you know what you’re talking about.

First, let me get this Donald Trump issue out of the way: If you’re thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer …

Will we carve ‘safe spaces’ out of free speech?

Public college campuses strive to have plenty of safe spaces for students. That's just a fact. If students aren't safe, schools won't be successful for very long. But recent …

The college Frankenstein

Monday morning, embattled University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned, after pressure from student groups over a series of "racial incidents" that apparently marred the campus experience to …

Adams talks SLAPPs in CEA hangout

R Street Western Region Director Ian Adams joined an online Google Hangouts panel put together by the Consumer Electronics Association to discuss SLAPPs -- that is, Strategic Lawsuits Against …

Free speech advocates support CRFA

Dear Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson: Every day, countless Americans use consumer review sites to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they rely upon. …

Free-market groups support CRFA

As free-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for your committee’s ongoing efforts to defend commerce and freedom of expression. In particular, as advocates for a free and …

Bench-slapped by anti-SLAPP

Judges occasionally descend from the august pedestals on which they sit to offer decidedly human rebukes to the parties before them. Among attorneys, these moments have a tongue-in-cheek …

YouTube Kids is not a regulatory problem

Google has continued to fine-tune its YouTube Kids application amid complaints that the family-friendly interface, a free download for smartphone and tablets, is not as family-friendly as claimed. The …

How the American government is trying to control what you think

NASA tweeting that Congress should give it more money so our astronauts won’t have to ride on Russian rockets. Recovery.gov reporting overly optimistic statistics on jobs saved and …

France’s privacy regulators want to dictate what you (Yes, you!) can find online

Whether you're an American sitting at laptop in Hawaii or a Japanese citizen using your smartphone in Kyoto, French privacy regulators believe they have the authority to block …

The business case for Cambodian Internet freedom

Riven by Marxist-inspired genocide only a few decades ago, Cambodia now aspires to both democracy and something like a free market—at least, in theory. But the country’s ruling party, …

R Street applauds challenge to French ‘right to be forgotten’ rules

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – The R Street Institute applauded today's request by Google Inc. to the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) of France to …

Je ne suis pas Google

The French government's privacy-regulation agency decided in June to order Google Inc. to remove (or "delist") from all Google websites worldwide – not just those in France or …

Wisconsin Supreme Court slams vicious, partisan ‘John Doe’ probe

For months, conservative donors, activists and groups in Wisconsin were terrorized by partisan district attorneys using loosely interpreted election law to comb through their finances, enter their homes …

What California’s anti-SLAPP law can teach the country about free speech

Once seen as a singular source of new and useful public policy ideas, California has slowly devolved into a judicial and business hellhole, with the inevitable loss of …

The troubling intersection of national courts and international censorship

Should national-level courts routinely assume or impose their jurisdiction on international entities when it comes to content? That's the question Daphne Keller of Stanford University's Center for Internet …

Free-speech advocates support SPEAK FREE Act

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen: Every year, many Americans are sued for speaking out on issues they feel are important to express. …

Coalition letter to Sen. Cardin on private prisons FOIA loophole

We, the undersigned 20 organizations committed to transparency and open government, write to thank you for your concern with the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …

Supreme court dodges First Amendment issue, but still puts limits on criminalizing speech

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I first wrote about federal prosecutors' novel effort to prosecute repulsive Internet speech by using 18 USC Sec. 875(c), which prohibits "in interstate …

Copyright lobby seeks new hammer to pound free speech in Florida

Anonymity and pseudonymity have been key threads in the fabric of American life since the Colonial era. From arts to politics, from the Revolutionary era-tracts known as Cato’s …

Ninth Circuit strikes down order that YouTube take down ‘Innocence of Muslims’

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned an order that YouTube take down the infamous video "Innocence of Muslims," rejecting an actress' claim that her brief …

Coalition statement on World Press Freedom Day

On May 3, the United Nations will celebrate “World Press Freedom Day,” even though the organization has an abysmal track record of press freedom. In October last year, at …

R Street joins coalition to promote balanced copyright law, creativity and free speech

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – Organizations from across the political spectrum, companies and associations joined forces today to launch Re:Create, a new coalition dedicated to promoting balanced copyright laws …

Coalition letter to Senate leadership on USA PATRIOT Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid: As organizations and individuals dedicated to free markets and constitutionally limited government, we write to express our strong opposition to the …

Diverse group of advocacy organizations, intellectual property experts come together in opposition to Florida digital goods bill

WASHINGTON – Today, a diverse group of advocacy organizations issued a joint public statement in opposition to the True Origin of Digital Goods Act being considered by the …

Why gay marriage isn’t going to top the culture war agenda

Conservative "founding mother" Phyllis Schlafly is dead wrong to predict a conservative backlash against LGBT rights. It's just not going to happen. While some people will remain opposed …

Mother Teresa, Tiger Woods and the use of IP as censorship

Trumbull, Conn. is a town of 36,000 in suburban Fairfield County, perhaps best known for winning the 1989 Little League World Series and for being the hometown of …

Guide to policy events at SXSW 2015

Every year, tens of thousands of people swarm to Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive – one of the biggest annual gatherings of technologists, activists, and entrepreneurs in the country. Here at …

Internet ain’t broke, don’t let AG try to fix it

For all that we complain about the Internet from time to time, the fact is, for the most part, we love the Internet. Yet not all of us …

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner brings mandatory union dues to an end

Apparently, when it comes to the game of issuing executive orders, both parties can play. Monday night, just in time for the 6 o'clock news, newly minted Republican Illinois …

Coalition letter on FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act

Feb. 5, 2015 Sen. John Cornyn Sen. Patrick Leahy Rep. Darrell Issa Rep. Elijah Cummings Dear Sens. Cornyn and Leahy and Reps. Issa and Cummings: The undersigned organizations announce their support for the …

ECPA letter to U.S. House

January  22,  2015 The Honorable Robert W. Goodlatte Chairman House Judiciary Committee The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. Ranking  Member House  Judiciary  Committee We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing to urge speedy consideration of …

R Street welcomes Mike Godwin as director of innovation policy

WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2015) – The R Street Institute is proud to welcome Mike Godwin as director of innovation policy and general counsel. Starting Monday, Godwin will lead …

Letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on SOPA

December 22, 2014 Jim Hood Mississippi Attorney General Walter Sillers Building 550 High Street, Suite 1200 Jackson, MS 39201 Dear Attorney General Hood: According to recent news reports, your office, in active coordination with the …

Sony hack reveals celebrity gossip, plot to undermine free and open Internet

Hollywood media have feasted this month on  thousands of emails and internal documents leaked as part of a massive breach of Sony Pictures by the hacker group “Guardians …

Gone Google: Europe is pushing to limit Internet companies

Europe's battle against large Internet companies (or should we just say Google?) wages on. Spain just introduced a new intellectual property law that will require Spanish news publications …

Tipping the hat to all the veterans

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States and the president -- apparently no longer particularly mindful of the optics of his role as commander-in-chief -- is in …

Postal Service mail-tracking: three big questions

Last week, the New York Times reported there were nearly 50,000 incidents of mail surveillance in 2013. Under the "mail cover" program, which has been around for …

Search engines, free advertising and the content industry

In 1925, a music industry professional complained to the New York Times that the new medium of radio was destroying the industry's business model by making songs too …

The unfortunate rise of data protectionism

The age of Internet exceptionalism is at risk of coming to a close. Thus far, the Internet has served as a platform for data transfer and information sharing …

Rob Schneider: Makin’ enemies

In a decision that had to be as awkward as it was necessary, State Farm has cut ties with pitchman Rob Schneider, following a social media campaign to …

The Friday Five: Questions to get your conversations going this weekend

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) in crisis – This week, former AEA head Paul Hubbert penned a bombshell letter to members of the AEA board highlighting a crisis …

Turkish rights and digital delights: an IGF recap

The annual Internet Governance Forum was established to foster an open, inclusive dialogue among the parties that "govern" the Internet. IGF is a conference designed, somewhat counter-intuitively, to …

The ‘right to be forgotten’ and the quagmire of global Internet regulation

Is an open and free Internet a fundamental human right? And if so, how do we enforce it in an international context? These questions have become acutely pressing …

Vote for R Street at SXSW 2015

We've put together four awesome panels for SXSW Interactive. Your vote can help us bring free market ideas to Austin's annual gathering of 30,000 technologists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Please …

Conservatives debate IP: A right or a privilege?

Can copyrights and other intellectual property be treated the same as physical property rights, and just how far should that analogy be taken? Those were among the key issues …

Don’t take the Texas GOP’s crazy platform too seriously

In recent weeks, more than a few groups – including one on whose board I serve – have denounced various aspects of the Texas Republican Party's platform. Indeed, there's …

Checkmate for E3’s critics

Imagine the following: A new form of entertainment enters the market, which engages its players in intense competition, sometimes to the exclusion of their social lives, and which …

The dangerous proliferation of the ‘right to be forgotten’

Following on last month's ruling by the European Court of Justice that search engines could be forced to take down links that individuals believe infringe their privacy rights, …

Privacy shouldn’t trump free speech

In a decision surprising to many close observers, Europe’s highest court ruled last week that Google must establish a process to receive and vet requests to take down embarrassing search results that …

Listen to Madison on copyright

More than 200 years ago, James Madison warned us that copyright and patents, being "monopolies," "must be guarded with strictness aga[inst] abuse." Today that abuse is manifest: copyright …

The conservative case for taking on the copyright lobby

Today, the R Street Institute released a report on copyright duration titled "Guarding against abuse: Restoring constitutional copyright." In recent decades, a number of special interests called the "copyright …

Letter to FCC on process reform

March 31, 2014 Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 RE: GN Docket No. 14-25 Dear Ms. Dortch, Our organizations share and support the Federal …

Is it only violent people who fear video game violence?

Recently, residents of my home state of California got an uncharacteristically hilarious moment of political irony. In a storyline that may as well be from The Blacklist, state …

‘Innocence of Muslims’ ruling raises host of questions

Remember the video that President Obama cited as the reason behind the attacks in Benghazi? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has voted 2-1 to order the video …

Internet comments sections are more dangerous than video games

In the past few weeks, two fascinating pieces of research concerning technology and the Internet have come to light. A study from Brock University in Canada suggests prolonged …

Reasons to fight back today

There comes a point when people just can't take it anymore, when frustration and anger boil over into public displays. Two years ago, that anger manifested in the …

A day to fight back

Hoping to capture the same grassroots outcry that successfully blocked ham-handed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA two years ago, a number of organizations on both the left and …

Game over for video game violence alarmism

In 1999's comedic classic, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," a mob of angry parents, searching for an explanation for their children's increasingly profane language, point the finger …

The left’s half-baked critique of gamer culture

With the advent of video gaming as an art form, it is both natural and appropriate that criticism of its "canon" should arise. Just as scholars puzzle over …

Why Christians (and Americans) should support A&E’s Duck Dynasty decision

The past 24 hours have seen lots of hand-wringing over cable channel A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the hit show "Duck Dynasty," for controversial …

Bernard Mandeville and consumerism’s buzz

When addressing the right’s awkwardness surrounding issues of extreme economic inequality, it's lately become almost de rigeur among conservative reformers to cite Adam Smith as a polestar that conservatives ought …

Tech companies revolt as government spying threatens to wreak havok on U.S. business interests

When tech companies AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo wanted to voice their concerns about government surveillance, they took to a very traditional medium: full …

An X-boneheaded argument

In the 1980s, a group was formed which warned of an emerging danger to American's youth. That danger was a new, and increasingly popular form of entertainment that, …

Set campaign finance free

The First Amendment protects assembly, speech and the resources that make speech possible. Yet the rules governing political speech in the United States are fraught with limits, red …

How can vouchers ‘threaten’ an education system this bad?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the …

Should ‘under God’ be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?

R Street Senior Fellow Reihan Salam joins Dean Obeidallah and CNN's Erin Burnett to discuss the latest court challenge. …

Censorship by the Norwegian Health Directorate

Global health authorities have zero tolerance for tobacco use. Worse, they have zero tolerance for any rational discussion of tobacco harm reduction. Last year, the health directorate of Norway …

Farm policy: The “terrible twelve” (that actually relate to farming)

Washington’s Farm Policy is a nearly trillion dollar tangle of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments and environmental patronage. There is tremendous need for reform. Current subsidy programs are rooted …

House of Cards: good television, questionable research

Although its producers at Netflix won't release the viewership numbers for their district-set, Baltimore-filmed TV series House of Cards, a visit to any water cooler in the D.C. …

Public adjuster threatens lawsuit against Florida blogger

As our regular readers may recall, last month we reported a revealing set of findings by a Florida blog that connected a handful of plaintiffs' law firms to the vast majority …

Trailer for fascinating North Korea doc, Juche Strong

Juche has been described as the state religion of North Korea. Attributed to the late dictator Kim Il-sung, the Juche philosophy interpolates Marxist concepts of the deconstructed self …

The long arm of the law

Emotionally, it's hard for me to defend Jake Baker. At best, the University of Michigan undergraduate is an amateur writer with a repellently misogynistic imagination. At worst, Baker …

Top



Print Friendly and PDF