Category : POLITICS

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Cracking Down on Mexico’s Drug Cartel

Since the end of 2006, Mexico has been ravaged by violence induced by the government’s war on drug cartels (see Congressional Research Service background on the issue here). In spite of the Mexican government’s War on Drugs (la guerra contra el…

0 Comments / 55 View / June 2, 2015

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Sunrise, Sunset on Section 215 of the Patriot Act

Rand Paul (R-KY), a Senator known for having strong libertarian leanings, filibustered for nearly 11 hours last week. His reason for talking so long? To make sure that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not get renewed. Given how legislative procedure works…

0 Comments / 26 View / May 28, 2015

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Privatized Air Traffic Control: Ready for Take-Off

The sky is the limit, or so goes the saying. What has seemingly reached its limit is putting up with the government’s control of air traffic control. Representative John Mica (R-FL) recently introduced legislation that would lead to greater privatization of air…

0 Comments / 23 View / May 12, 2015

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Should Private Security Replace the Police State?

Many people, especially anarchists and libertarians, have long advocated for privatized security. Would it work in reality? There is already a shadow-system of privatized security and justice running in parallel to the government police system. And it works, being more cost…

0 Comments / 135 View / May 7, 2015

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Analyzing TANF and Whether the Government Should Be Providing Welfare

Living in poverty can be one of those soul-crushing conditions of life. Living paycheck to paycheck while struggling to provide the bare essentials for you and your family is a challenge. Within about the past century, government has inserted itself…

0 Comments / 79 View / May 4, 2015

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By How Much Does Mass Incarceration Reduce Violent Crime, and Should It Be Barred as Public Policy?

Originally posted on February 16, 2015 Violent crime levels are at their lowest in nearly four decades, which is celebratory indeed. The question of why the rates have been on the decline is a more complicated debate. Part of it is because…

0 Comments / 28 View / April 23, 2015

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Why I’m Really Not Worried About a Growing Chinese Military Presence

Originally posted on February 19, 2015 I don’t write about subject matter related to the military all that often. Aside from how the military affects fiscal issues and has macro-effects on society, it really doesn’t pique my interest. However, I came across…

4 Comments / 24 View / April 22, 2015

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BEING MODERATE IN AN EXTREMIST WORLD

Being moderate is an increasingly novel idea in our current extremist political landscape. What exactly does it mean to be moderate? We can view politics as ranging across several spectrums, and a middle ground within these spectrums as being moderate….

5 Comments / 168 View / April 15, 2015

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Are Women Really Paid Less Than Men?: Demystifying the Gender Wage Gap

Originally posted on April 9, 2013 Lies, damned lies, and statistics. What a great Mark Twain phrase. I love how he points out how trying to impress people with numbers, especially those yanked from their context, can give a false sense…

0 Comments / 16 View / April 14, 2015

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Red State Myths – Crime, Poverty, and Welfare

Originally published in Rare, February 4th 2014 Perhaps I spend too much time lurking around left-leaning blogs, but there are many myths taken as fact without any additional analysis. Chief among them? The notion that red states take the most…

0 Comments / 1444 View / April 13, 2015