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After the Gun Ban: New at Reason

What if the U.S. government managed to pass some kind of a gun ban?
Looking back a few years after hypothetical new restrictions on semiautomatic weapons in private hands, we see a country grown more divided, but no less armed.
J.D. Tuccille …

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Brickbat: Strong Property Rights

A federal judge in Brooklyn has awarded $6.7 million to graffiti artists whose work was destroyed when the owner of dilapidated warehouses they had painted in Queens, New York, tore the buildings down. The judge ruled Jerry Wolkoff, owner of t…

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‘Gun Control’

Earlier this week, as everyone now knows, Nikolas Cruz, 19, shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 members of that community while injuring several others. Unsurprisingly, the bodies of the victims weren’t even cold before the usual suspects among the political left began calling for more “sensible” or “common sense gun legislation.” As any reader of this column knows well, I’m anything but an admirer of leftist ideology.  Still, there are characteristically leftist positions on some issues that, while I reject them, I recognize as bearing at least some semblance of plausibility.  And there are … Continue reading

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When Will the True Bear Market Set In?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted for the second time this month, losing over 2,000 points, or about 10% of its value, since late January, before bouncing back slightly Friday. Sputnik spoke to veteran US investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers on the reason behind the drop, and where things will go from here. The two other major US indexes, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500, suffered similar losses over the past two weeks, with a massive selloff leading to a drop of 9.7% and 12%, respectively, by Thursday. The Dow closed 1.9% above Thursday’s figure on Friday, with the Nasdaq and S&P trickling up 1.4% and 1.5%, respectively. Generally, … Continue reading

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21st Century Conservatism

I can hear the howls in the audience already, given the title of this post…. Jordan Peterson gave a presentation entitled “12 principles for a 21st century conservatism.”  While I will not cover all twelve, there are several that dovetail nicely with topics discussed here and with my views of the cultural soil required if one wishes to develop and maintain a reasonably libertarian social order. As I am taking his comments from a video and not a transcript, I have done my best to capture the words and the intent. The fundamental assumptions of western civilization are valid.  He determines this … Continue reading

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Russian Meddling?

The irony that is most gagging is that America’s power elite is destroying the nation’s social order by its concentration of wealth and abuse of power. The irony of the Deep State’s obsessive focus on “Russian meddling” in the precious bodily fluids of our hallowed democracy is so overwhelming that it’s gagging. The irony is a noxious confluence of putid hypocrisy and a comically abject terror at the prospect that the citizenry may be awakening to the terrible reality that America has lost its soul as well as its democracy. The foul stench of hypocrisy arises from the long and sordid … Continue reading

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What Else

A conservative writer is upset that high school and college kids never read the Constitution, can’t name the first president, don’t know what the stripes on the flag mean, don’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance any more, don’t pay attention when the National Anthem is played, and don’t “understand the costs of freedom paid by millions of men and women who served in the military.” Ah, the military. The writer is also upset about school truancy, illiteracy, out-of-wedlock births, drug addiction, welfare, the lack of common sense, direction, critical thinking skills, loyalty to the United States, and excessive texting. But … Continue reading

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Nicholas Kristof, if You’re Smart

If you ever find yourself in need of a cheap cheat sheet of ever-cited-but-never-substantiated “Trump colluded with Russia” allegations, look no further than a smorgasbord of hyperbolic conclusion-leaping disinformation recently regurgitated in (where else?) The New York Times by a predictably-disingenuous leftist media parrot named Nicholas Kristof. Not one to hide his remarkable banality beneath the grey lady’s moldy corset, this over-exercised Russia conspiracy theorist moonlights as an occasional blathering head from the bustling stable of Trump-deranged zealots regularly rotated into guest appearances on (where else?) MSNBC. Just last week Comrade Kristof treated all five MSNBC viewers to a taste … Continue reading

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Merchants of Death

“Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.”—Professor … Continue reading

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