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Election 2016: The Perils of Political Welfare

Election 2016: The Perils of Political Welfare

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Libertarians have traditionally opposed calls for “public financing” of elections, as well as the current system under which candidates can receive “matching funds” from the Federal Election Commission. In 1996, Libertarian Party nominee-apparent Harry Browne mused about applying for such funding, refusing to commit one way or another until, […]

How to Kill America’s Tech Economy in One Lesson

How to Kill America’s Tech Economy in One Lesson

By Thomas L. Knapp US Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are at it again. They’ve released a “discussion draft” of  their “bill to require the provision of data in an intelligible format pursuant to a court order. … if such data has been made unintelligible by a feature, product, or service owned, […]

Government Should Give Us All a Break. A Bathroom Break, That Is.

Government Should Give Us All a Break. A Bathroom Break, That Is.

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Apparently government solved all of society’s real problems while I wasn’t looking. Woo hoo! Violent crime has been eradicated. The Islamist terror threat is no more. Poverty? Everyone’s a millionaire with a Rolls in the driveway. Heck, the Cubs may even win the pennant this year. At least I […]

Trump’s Wall: Be Careful What You Wish For

Trump’s Wall: Be Careful What You Wish For

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Remember Donald Trump’s promise to not only build a US-Mexico border wall, but make Mexico pay for it? If that promise sounded sketchy, maybe even ridiculous when he made it, his campaign’s March 31 memo to the Washington Post makes it sound like an authoritarian, and likely disastrous, extortion […]

Libertarians versus National Isolation

Libertarians versus National Isolation

. . By Thomas L. Knapp On April 1, Fox Business Network’s John Stossel hosted a debate featuring three candidates — Gary Johnson, John McAfee and Austin Petersen — for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination (a fourth, more radical libertarian, Darryl W. Perry was unfortunately excluded). Those seeking an alternative to America’s failed political […]

“Secure the Border”: Politician-Speak for “I’m a Tyrant Who Thinks You’re an Idiot”

“Secure the Border”: Politician-Speak for “I’m a Tyrant Who Thinks You’re an Idiot”

. . By Thomas L. Knapp About 30 years ago, in southern California, US Border Patrol officers pulled over the vehicle I was riding in to search for “illegal immigrants.” They carefully checked the ID of each occupant in the vehicle. Yes, all 30 or so of us. The vehicle was a bus marked “US […]

Election 2016: The X-Files/Napoleon Dynamite Factor

. . By Thomas L. Knapp As we come around what may be the final curve of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look positioned to be the two horses who break free of the pack and make a neck-and-neck run down the final straightaway toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That pairing and […]

Obama Visits Havana: Cuba Libre for Real?

Obama Visits Havana: Cuba Libre for Real?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp US President Barack Obama’s late March visit to Cuba, continuing his initiative to re-establish friendly relations between the two countries, arouses opposition on both sides of the aisle in Washington. The Republican complaints, of course, are to be expected. If Obama walked across the Florida Strait without wetting the […]

The FBI Has an Enemies List: First They Came for Free Talk Live …

The FBI Has an Enemies List: First They Came for Free Talk Live …

. . By Thomas L. Knapp A typical Granite State Sunday morning on the cusp of spring, and a scene surprising no one who watches the news or any number of television shows dedicated to fictional or real-life law enforcement: SUVs and police cruisers surrounding a house. Figures in bulletproof vests marked “FBI” hauling away […]

Election 2016: They Don’t Own Your Vote

Election 2016: They Don’t Own Your Vote