Days before its April 29 parade, Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade in Portland received an anonymous message. Via the Oregonian: "You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely," the anonymous email said, telling organizers they could … Continue reading Are ‘Antifascists’ Employing a Crude Form of Terrorism?
Almost 20 years after being canceled, comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) has returned. During its original run in the 90s, MST3K earned a cult following by doing what pop culture does best, namely, taking a mundane idea and elevating it to an art form. For MST3K, the idea was to build a show … Continue reading The Market’s Glorious Resurrection of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Would you give up your citizenship in order to keep your bank account? That’s a question few Americans would ever want to confront, yet many Americans living abroad are now having to answer. A little-known tax law, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has resulted in some foreign banks no longer serving Americans. … Continue reading Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini have become, for many of us today, mere Hollywood villains—generic personifications of evil or (in Mussolini's case) buffoonish authoritarianism. Yet their ideologies were rooted in specific philosophical ideas—ideas which had many respectable adherents in their day. One person who understands this is Jonah Goldberg, author of the 2007 book Liberal … Continue reading Fascism and Communism Were Two Peas in a Pod
I was talking with a non-coffee-drinking friend recently, and mentioned that I was probably going to have to bring caffeinated tea with me on an upcoming trip because there wasn’t going to be a coffeemaker there. “Addict,” he said. “Nuh uh,” I responded brilliantly. “When’s the last time you went two days without coffee?” he … Continue reading Caffeine, the Law, and Me
When speaking of Canada, conservatives laugh at our “socialist neighbor to the north” with its lavish social programs. The main point of contention is, of course, Canada's infamous “socialized healthcare," which has been viewed as the epitome of a system NOT to imitate because of its high costs and long waiting times. While, yes, Canada … Continue reading Does Canada Have More Economic Freedom Than the United States?
The history of marijuana (or cannabis/THC) stems back over 10,000 years and is widely recognized as one of the most useful plants on the planet. Yet it was made illegal in the United States in the early 20th century due to political and economic factors. History of The Drug … Continue reading The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition