Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

Shifting the Burden of Proof on the Right to Bear Arms (Updated)

For decades, American progressives of both the “left” and “right” have insisted that those who cite the Second Amendment as their defense against “common sense gun control” must provide impenetrable arguments against such measures as universal background checks, the banning of so-called assault rifles, and restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. The right to bear arms, they say, surely does not entail unlimited...

The Case For Unchecked Tyranny

Jerry Adler of Yahoo News and the Huffington Post — two dutiful servants of the Communist Party USA’s subsidiary, the Democratic Party — grudgingly accepts that he, like all Americans, has the right to own a gun for sport and (though he personally finds this icky) self-defense against criminals. But he cannot abide the suggestion that he has the right to defend himself...

The Media’s Exploitation of Damaged Teenagers

Apropos my recent observations about the propaganda racket passing itself off as the “news media,” many people today, including conservatives who disagree with the anti-gun, anti-NRA position of some of the Parkland School survivors, insist that these “children” must nevertheless be heard, since after all, “it’s news.” What is? The fact that students traumatized by witnessing terrifying violence are “outraged” and demanding that...

Guns and the Mental Illness Slippery Slope

Once again, we are seeing the danger of Americans having placed the power of the presidency in the hands of a man without any guiding moral or political philosophy beyond “What will make them love me?” According to Right Scoop, Trump is apparently now open to banning the sale of firearms to people with a “mental illness.” Mental illness is a category that,...

School Shootings, Gun Control, and Trump

Here are a few distinct but interrelated observations about the current progressive exploitation of a school shooting as an opportunity to push for gun regulations in defiance of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment: Conservatives interested in preserving the right to bear arms must do better than their current practice of repeating stale, highly questionable talking points that leave them looking like apologists for...

Death to Capitalism! (Seriously)

In recent years, there has been an increasing undercurrent of discussion among conservative scholars and public voices about whether conservatism is theoretically hamstrung by the continued use of the term “capitalism” in mainstream political discussion. I wrote about this question six years ago, before it became something of a hot issue, and I’d like to reproduce my take on it below. A few...

Trump’s Version of “Shovel-ready jobs”

Donald Trump, fresh off saving America from affordable Korean washing machines, signing onto tax cuts with massive spending increases, promising the biggest infrastructure spending initiative in American history, negotiating the Republican Party into being the world’s most aggressive voice for citizenship for illegal aliens, and “killing” ObamaCare by saving it, is back to threatening tariffs, this time to “save” steel workers. By saving...

A Note on Taking Out the Trash

From Right Scoop comes the news that two old beneficiaries of Donald Trump’s political donations, the Trumpturtle (aka Mitch McConnell) and his “good friend across the aisle” Chuck Schumer, stood smiling together Wednesday as they announced a wonderful new two-year budget deal they’ve hammered out — “wonderful” meaning it’s full of new insupportable spending that will be sure to buy each of them...

The Lion, The Witch, and the Memo

I’m tired of commentators and pundits who preface their diatribes about controversial or debatable bills, op-eds, or scandal sheets by saying, “I read it so you don’t have to.” No, thanks. If a document, argument, article, or grocery list is worth knowing about at all, then don’t condescendingly tell me I don’t have to read it. Say, “Read it — you have to.”...

A Real Chess Master Assesses a Fake One

Donald Trump’s White House has simply refused to impose sanctions voted for by veto-proof majorities of the House and Senate — sanctions, not surprisingly, against Russia. Sanctions related to the Putin regime’s active interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, among other thuggeries. Why doesn’t this even seem peculiar? Trump’s groupies are hell-bent on persuading themselves — we’re way past the stage when they...