Great works of literature, towering skyscrapers, and preposterously intelligent computers are the result of our innate tendencies to create, share, and innovate. They are not the result of laws grounded in state control of human expression. Would the elimination of intellectual property result in the collapse of Western civilization? Of course not.
While there is a tension, and we must beware of cultural imperialism and making enemies out of Muslims, that tension is not best dealt with by silencing Islam’s critics. The way to rebut Ali’s claims that Islam is fundamentally misogynist is to bring in Muslims who agitate for female equality. Because ultimately, a university which prides itself on social justice and equality should not be so afraid of charges of Islamophobia that it squelches critiques aimed at improving life for women and girls throughout the globe.
“Today’s youth is the most Libertarian generation that has ever existed,” Alexander McCobin, founder of Students for Liberty, said in a noon workshop Saturday for the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. The political rally ends with today’s session, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
By moving toward a model of user fees, the government has less leeway to expand in size and scope than in a system where taxes pay for all services. Those who pay such fees have strong incentives to ensure that the money is being spent wisely. Moreover, by keeping a larger share of revenues locked into specific projects, the government cannot use the funds for new projects and programs at its own discretion. Even better, moving more programs to user fee models can help prove that certain areas of the economy traditionally provided by government, such as parks, canals, and airports, can be provided by the private sector. Not everything is easy to charge user fees for, but for any area where fees are viable, they should absolutely be implemented as a substitute or supplement for tax dollars.
The right to private property isn’t some intuitive, natural axiom, come down from the Heavens as an eternal law of all human interaction. On the contrary, private property evolved as the best and only method of peacefully allocating scarce resources. As the commons became smaller and smaller this undeniable fact became more and more evident. While private property is preferable to all available alternatives, it is not inherently desirable or good. Recognizing this clarifies and enhances libertarian theory.
Advocate Curtis Tate was published in The Daily Caller on Yelp’s challenge to a recent ruling requiring it to reveal the identities of reviewers accused of libel.
A denial of Yelp’s appeal would protect the current legal process that lends itself to free speech and its ramifications. Preventing malicious lies while requiring businesses to prove that they have been damaged beyond a reasonable doubt is the only equitable way forward. Other solutions simply favor one party at the cost of another. A country serious about the protection of freedoms must be serious about their responsibilities as well.
The rule of law implies legal processes and procedures. It supports the commonly used aphorism that no one is above the law. This means there are predictable outcomes for legal infractions and an equal application of punishment consistent with the legal tradition of a given state. Unfortunately, US immigration law today poorly resembles this image of equal jurisprudence.
The US immigration bureaucracy is extremely complex. The regulatory web includes detention centers with arbitrary sentences and immigration officers without clear instructions on dealing with situations. Over 33,000 noncitizens are in jail each day and are held for an indefinite amount of time. When they finally do go to court, each immigrant’s case is decided in an average of seven minutes, due to an overcrowded legal system.
Editor Cathy Reisenwitz was interviewed by Emmanuel Bourgerie about how feminism and a small-government mindset work together.
Le libertarianisme est critiqué pour être quasi exclusivement constitué d’hommes. Y a-t-il une explication au manque (criant) de femmes dans ce milieu ?
Je pense que le libertarianisme est trop tolérant vis-à-vis du sexisme, ce qui peut être bloquant pour beaucoup de femmes.
D’autre part, le libertarianisme n’apporte pas de réponse satisfaisante à la façon dont le capital et le pouvoir sont distribués actuellement. De toute évidence, les gens qui ont été désavantagés par la distribution actuelle, à qui l’on empêche d’accéder au capital et au pouvoir, comme les minorités ethniques et les femmes, ne sont pas satisfaits du statu quo comme les libertariens le sont.
Le libertarianisme ne plaît qu’à ceux qui ont accès au capital et au pouvoir. Je pense que pour attirer plus de personnes vers le libertarianisme il faudra mettre davantage l’accent sur les obstacles structurels pour accéder au capital et au pouvoir.
Advocate Gina Luttrell was published in Townhall.com on why the best thing for the environment is for the government to stop controlling it.
In short, the UN is correct to call upon “world leaders” to mitigate climate change. But the “action” that must be taken is to deregulate markets, get out of the way of innovators, and stop maintaining duplicitous policies. And if governments really feel like they must “do” something, they can reduce their own carbon emissions by cutting on so-called “defense” spending—with the bonus of making the world a bit more peaceful.