The Rule of Law


Not One Tear Shed….

I would abolish the death penalty, but I cannot avoid the feeling that justice was truly done in this case: “Virginia killer who sent taunting letter executed” Powell, believing he…

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The SWAT Valley…but it’s not in Pakistan

Yesterday on the radio I heard an interview with Cheye Calvo, mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, who recounted his family’s nightmare as they were attacked by a SWAT (Special Weapons…

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It’s a Sad Day for Freedom of Expression….

….when a newspaper is intimidated by threats of violence.

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Enduring Democracy and Limited Government

I just found (thanks to snooping around some emails) the text of the Julian L. Simon Memoral Lecture I gave in 2009 in New Delhi on “Democracy and Limited Government:…

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Movie Stories and Collective Property

David Boaz and John Locke on the rights of the Na’vi: “Collective Property Rights in Avatar?” (Note: I haven’t seen the movie, but it’s not necessary to understand the issues…

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Is the Welfare State Justified?

My old friend Danny Shapiro on Book TV on his very good book of the same name: “Is the Welfare State Justified?” The book is a very serious and —…

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What Didn’t Happen After the Gun Ban Was Lifted

In a very smart letter to the editor of the Washington Post (“What didn’t happen after the D.C. handgun ban ended“: may require registration), Mr. William Ciucci notes that the…

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A Great Voice for Toleration and Justice Gone

Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, known as Gus Dur, has died. I did not meet him, but heard only praise from Muslim friends. He was involved in the LibForAll foundation, among…

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Gay Marriage, from a Constitutional Perspective

New York Daily News: “The moral and constitutional case for a right to gay marriage,” by Robert A. Levy

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End the Drug War.

Two former officials in the government of Vicente Fox have come out in favor of ending the drug war, which is causing enormous harm in Mexico. Their book, El Narco:…

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