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Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

  by Thomas L. Knapp Orlando, Florida, 2016, at the Libertarian Party’s national convention: “Jim Fulner (MI) moved that we adopt the following resolution: ‘Be it resolved, taxation is theft.’ Following debate, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote.” Thus making a slogan much-loved by radical libertarians, and a claim implicit in the party’s […]

“Progressives” Against (Economic) Progress

“Progressives” Against (Economic) Progress

  by Thomas L. Knapp One week it’s ride-sharing. The next week it’s home-sharing. The week after that, cryptocurrency.  There’s no end of economic change to perpetually wring one’s hands over or, worse,  demand government action against. Most opponents of the sharing economy, the gig economy, the cryptocurrency economy, etc., posture as “progressives” even as […]

Rubio and Warren Join Forces Against Working Folks

Rubio and Warren Join Forces Against Working Folks

  by Thomas L. Knapp In April, a year after its introduction in the US Senate by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the US House of Representatives passed the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, “an act to increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.” Of four quick and […]

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State

  by Thomas L. Knapp Since the “Russiagate” probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the “Deep State.” Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically against Donald Trump and  his administration? Yes, […]

Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Gridlock is great,” wrote the late William Safire. “My motto is, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’” Well, maybe he wrote that. The quote is plastered across numerous web sites with attribution to Safire, but I’ve yet to find one that cites any of his numerous books or columns as […]

Net Neutrality For Thee, But Not For We

Net Neutrality For Thee, But Not For We

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Net Neutrality” is back in the news. On May 16, the US Senate voted 52-47 to undo the Federal Communication Commission’s undoing of the previous FCC’s doing of … yes, it’s complicated. There are really only three important things to know: First, Net Neutrality as implemented by the FCC in 2015 […]

Freedom is Winning in the Encryption Arms Race

Freedom is Winning in the Encryption Arms Race

    By Thomas L. Knapp At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani  of India’s Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren’t interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBlind survey of 2,600 people who earned money from crypto, 46% said they […]

Shadow Protectionism: The US Government vs. Chinese Phone Make

Shadow Protectionism: The US Government vs. Chinese Phone Make

    by Thomas L. Knapp In February, US intelligence community leaders told the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee that Chinese phone manufacturers Huawei and ZTE represent a national security threat. FBI director Christopher Wray warned of the Chinese government finding ways to “maliciously modify or steal information” and “conduct undetected espionage” through these inexpensive consumer […]

Syria: Is Trump Finally Putting America First?

Syria: Is Trump Finally Putting America First?

  By Thomas L. Knapp During a visit to Ohio to promote his infrastructure plan on March 29, US president Donald Trump dropped one of the bombshells that Americans have become accustomed to over the last year and a half: “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon …. Let the other people take […]

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

  by Thomas L. Knapp Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation […]

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