“Drug Czar” Says Overdose Deaths Were Already Rising Before Pandemic and Now Are Spiking—The Ultimate Blame Belongs to Prohibition

White House “drug czar” Jim Carroll told Politico earlier this week that an Office of National Drug Control Policy analysis finds an 11.4 percent year‐​over‐​year increase in opioid‐​related overdose deaths during the first four months of 2020. Kentucky has seen a 25 percent increase in overdose deaths during the first four months of this year, and West Virginia saw … Continue reading “Drug Czar” Says Overdose Deaths Were Already Rising Before Pandemic and Now Are Spiking—The Ultimate Blame Belongs to Prohibition

For Liberal Public Values. Against Mob Violence.

Among the accomplishments of last week’s protest mob at the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison: * The mob pulled down two statues. One was “Forward,” a replica of an allegorical representation of a female figure created by sculptor Jean Pond Miner in 1893, both created and later preserved through subscription contributions from Wisconsin women. * The other was … Continue reading For Liberal Public Values. Against Mob Violence.

“We Stand with the People of Hong Kong”

Our friends at the Fraser Institute in Canada have released this open letter in which they express their solidarity with “the people of Hong Kong as their rights and freedoms are threatened by the actions of the Communist Party of China.” The letter, signed by think tank leaders from around the world, notes Hong Kong’s astonishing progress … Continue reading “We Stand with the People of Hong Kong”

Sen. Mike Lee: ‘The Mob Hates America on America’s Dime. It’s Time to Cut Off Their Allowance.’

On the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah delivered an impassioned speech condemning mob violence in the United States. Lee offered a resolution, which his Democrat colleague, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, attempted to amend by inserting language attacking President Donald Trump. Menendez then repeatedly tried to silence Lee. … Continue reading Sen. Mike Lee: ‘The Mob Hates America on America’s Dime. It’s Time to Cut Off Their Allowance.’

Remembering Frederick Douglass’ Great Fourth of July Speech in Context

Each Independence Day, my social media feed divides in two: half commemorates the declaration of our nation’s independence from Great Britain, while the other laments the hypocrisy that a nation founded on the idea of liberty would have simultaneously tolerated slavery. In the last few years, I’ve been pleased that both sides seem to freely … Continue reading Remembering Frederick Douglass’ Great Fourth of July Speech in Context

Choosing Liberty in a Time of Contagion and Financial Ruin

In 1720, the bubonic plague devastated France, killing 100,000 people in Marseilles and surrounding areas. Writing the second of Cato’s Letters from London, Thomas Gordon noted, “We have already had, and still have, a contagion of another sort, more universal, and less merciful than that at Marseilles.” What contagion could possibly be worse than the … Continue reading Choosing Liberty in a Time of Contagion and Financial Ruin

A Patriot’s Dying Words: “Do Not Let Liberty Expire With Me Today”

As the birthday of the United States approaches, I thought I would share one of my favorite stories of the Revolution. Many years ago, I stumbled across an officer’s account of the Battle of Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776. Shortly after our success at Bunker Hill, British warships advanced toward Charleston with the intention of conquering the port … Continue reading A Patriot’s Dying Words: “Do Not Let Liberty Expire With Me Today”

Freedom of Religion Narrowly Upheld in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

On June 30 the Supreme Court reaffirmed what most Americans no doubt take for granted, that the Constitution prohibits religious discrimination. The 5-4 divide among the justices in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, however, shows that religious freedom is not fully secure in America. Different state and local governments have developed “school choice” programs … Continue reading Freedom of Religion Narrowly Upheld in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue