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Murphy’s Law | Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors

Murphy’s Law | Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors

  by Thomas L. Knapp In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that “Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart.” His solution: “These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of […]

I Didn’t Join Facebook to “Feel Safe”

I Didn’t Join Facebook to “Feel Safe”

  By Thomas L. Knapp In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones’s  number was due to come up. The big players in Internet media have spent the last few years  attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefore unappeasable) by banning and […]

Nine Attorneys General, and Alyssa Milano, versus the First Amendment

Nine Attorneys General, and Alyssa Milano, versus the First Amendment

  By Thomas L. Knapp On July 30, National Public Radio reports, “[a] coalition of attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration … to stop a Texas-based company from publishing instructions for 3D-printed guns on its website.” In English: Nine state attorneys general want the […]

Papers, Please | Unfortunately, Trump Isn’t Much Ahead of His Time

Papers, Please | Unfortunately, Trump Isn’t Much Ahead of His Time

  by Thomas L. Knapp At a Florida campaign rally on July 31, President Donald Trump informed the crowd, by way of promoting voter ID laws, that “if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.” Twitterverse mockery ensued, mostly to the effect that […]

JUUL Heist | Addicts Sue Company For Providing Their Fix

JUUL Heist | Addicts Sue Company For Providing Their Fix

  by Thomas L Knapp Nitasha Tiku of Wired reports on three lawsuits against JUUL Labs, makers of the JUUL e-cigarette device. The unifying complaint, in brief, is that nicotine is addictive, that the users are addicted, and that their addictions are the company’s fault. There are quite a few problems with these lawsuits. First, […]

‘Stand Your Ground’ | A Good Law for Bad Situations

‘Stand Your Ground’ | A Good Law for Bad Situations

  by Thomas L. Knapp On July 26, Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater, Florida parking lot. Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to charge Drejka, citing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Outrage ensued. It was just an argument over a parking spot, some say, hinting that the whole thing […]

The First Amendment Saved the Second Amendment | What’s Next?

The First Amendment Saved the Second Amendment | What’s Next?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “It’s impossible to effectually outlaw guns,” I wrote in 2015, “without also outlawing writing, speaking and thinking about guns.” I was referring to a US State Department censorship order requiring Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed to remove 3D printing files for the plastic “Liberator” pistol from the Internet. With the […]

Elections: More than Half of Americans Believe Fairy Tales are Real

Elections: More than Half of Americans Believe Fairy Tales are Real

  By Thomas L. Knapp According to a new poll conducted by Ipsos  in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, 51% of respondents agree (15% “strongly” and 36% “somewhat”) with the statement “American elections are fair and open.” The Ipsos headline characterizes that percentage as “only half.” That’s akin to noting that […]

Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?

Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?

  by Thomas L. Knapp Friday the 13th is presumably always someone’s unlucky day. Just whose may not be obvious at the time, but I suspect that “Russiagate” special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already regret picking Friday, July 13 to announce the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers on […]

The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to A Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It

The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to A Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Nothing,” economist Milton Friedman once observed, “is so permanent as a temporary government program.” And nothing makes a government’s programs — or, more importantly, changes in its core values — more permanent than the loss of collective memory that comes with generational changes. We’re hitting a big one soon. It […]

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