How the Feds Helped Bankrupt Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is full crisis mode, as signaled by Governor Alejandro García Padilla warning that the island’s debts are “not payable.” This is partially the fault of the island’s own government. The commonwealth has piled up a debt much larger as a percentage of GDP than any other state.

All major parties are to blame for over-promising and overspending, and the Puerto Rican government deserves most of the responsibility for the situation it finds itself in. Nevertheless, it is not entirely their fault.

The US federal government has many laws that disproportionately, and often inadvertently, harm the island. Policies that have little impact on the mainland can have dire consequences in Puerto Rico, partially because it’s a territory rather than a state, and partially because of the particulars of the island’s economy. A recent report on the island by economist Anne Krueger and others contains many such instances.

Read the rest on the PanAm Post here.

Young Voices Podcast – Jury Nullification and Juror Activism

The fifth Young Voices podcast features Nathan Goodman and Daniel Pryor. Today’s topic is jury nullification and juror activism, with the discussion covering the usefulness of such activism and general issues with jury-related laws in the USA.

Read Nathan’s article on Queer Liberation and Jury Nullification here. Learn more about the Jury Health Project here, and take advantage of the Jury Power Information Kit here.

Latin-American Libertarians Must Break Free of the Left-Right Paradigm

During the 1950s, the American conservative magazine National Review led by William F. Buckley Jr. and Frank Meyer, developed an idea that would change liberalism and the conservative right forever: fusionism. It’s a philosophical and political synthesis of conservative values and classical-liberal economic policy: an alliance between classical liberalism and conservatism.

Before this project, classical liberalism and conservatism were two markedly distinct ideological traditions, even rivals at times. So why would a tradition focused on the preservation of traditions, republicanism, and the defense of Western civilization form an alliance with a group whose main goal is to uphold freedom as the most important political value, emphasizing the voluntary nature of human relationships?

These seemingly disparate schools of thought eventually found themselves allied in the face of Soviet communism after World War II. By the 1950s, Communism threatened to spread throughout the world, and had already brought upon terrible genocides and countless violations of individual freedom.

Read the rest on PanAm Post here, as well as an interesting response to the piece here.