GOP lawmakers back effort to screen social media accounts for security clearances

May 14th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights William Nissen 1 min read

Republican lawmakers voiced support Friday for authorities to look more closely at things like the Facebook and Instagram accounts of applicants for government security clearances — a day after the Obama administration issued new guidelines for using publicly-available social-media information in federal background checks.  


Asset Forfeiture and the Income Tax

May 10th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Government, Liberty, Taxes Bill B. May 1 min read

Tate Fegley writes:   While you are likely still recovering from Tax Day, don’t be lulled into thinking that the pain is over. Your property is never fully safe from government confiscation. One of the few areas of innovation in which the state excels is how to extract ever more wealth from the productive class, and one of the fastest growing sources of revenue for insatiable…


Democracy’s Death Spiral

John C. Goodman writes:  On Monday, Puerto Rico missed a payment on $422 million worth of bonds. If the United States doesn’t come to the rescue, this will be only the first of many defaults to come. In all, the island has $72 billion in debt and an additional $46 billion in unfunded pension liabilities — totaling more than the country’s annual GDP. As debt…


Warrantless searches against Americans doubled from 2013 to 2015, report says

May 5th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights, Immigration William Nissen 1 min read

The National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency searched an intelligence community database designed to target foreigners more than 4,000 times last year without warrants using queries explicitly linked to U.S. people, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged in a transparency report released Monday.  


Religious freedom under ‘sustained assault’ around the world, report finds

May 3rd, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights, Morality and Religion William Nissen 1 min read

Citing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year.  


So Who Do You Want To Govern You?

Apr 29th, 2016 Government, Liberty, Politics, Property Rights, Regulation, Taxes Bill B. May 5 min read

by Bill B. May Whether you chose to or not, you were born into (or under) a government. You are governed, by somebody.   Have you ever sat down and asked, why do I need to be governed?   Think about it. Why does my daily life require an external force for me to function? A governance? Am I not capable of making my own decisions?   We…