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Yes. Non-Citizens Have Rights

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Over the last week, I’ve heard several people say things like, “Non-citizens don’t have any rights in America.” Or a variation on the theme “Illegals don’t have rights in this country.” I find this mentality troubling on two levels. In the first place, it implies government gives people their rights. You only get ’em if […]

Why Do You Want a King?

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Why do Americans want a king? The American colonists fought a long, bloody war to free themselves from the tyranny of a king, but in the ensuing 240 years, America has slowly but surely reestablished a monarchy – if not in name, at least in form. The president exercises unprecedented powers today. With the stroke […]

Decentralization: A Strategy for Liberty

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Hardcore libertarians sometimes criticize me because of my focus on the Constitution and political action at the state level to limit federal power. They argue that the American constitutional system will never bring about liberty, and that by working through government at any level, I undermine the cause of freedom. I am sympathetic to the […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #37: Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I talk about the First Amendment, its relation to freedom of speech, and more generally the importance of free expression in a free society. The recent shutdown of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago has generated a lot of discussion about freedom […]

Go Ahead; Discriminate Against Me

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A bill making its way through the Kentucky legislature would allow businesses that provide “customized, artistic, expressive, creative, ministerial, or spiritual goods or services” to refuse service to individuals or groups based on religious convictions. The bill was obviously written to allow the proverbial Christian baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay […]

Is it Time for the Supreme Court to Weigh in on Cousin Marriage?

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Did you know Kentucky state law bans marriage between first cousins? But you will find no such prohibition right across the border in Virginia. So, here are a couple of questions. Doesn’t Kentucky’s law against first cousins getting married discriminate? And doesn’t it violate the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause (As interpreted by the Supreme […]

Monopoly Government: The Power to Git-R-Done

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Anyone wondering about my general antipathy toward the state need look no further than the circus surrounding gay marriage licenses in Kentucky. The two sides squared off against each other in the Great Kentucky County Clerk Gay Marriage License Debate seem diametrically opposed and impossibly divided by a yawning, unspannable chasm. But at their core, […]

No, Secession is Not Treason

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Those seeking to erase Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy from the public sphere most often refer to the association with slavery and racism. I strongly condemn this movement to purge and censor. Tossing inconvenient or uncomfortable history down the proverbial memory hole smacks of Orwellian tyranny. Totalitarian regimes cleanse history. This rising […]