Is tolerated freedom really freedom at all?

March 21, 2017 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

More and more, we have to receive government permission to exercise basic rights. This subverts a fundamental notion of liberty: first comes freedom, then comes government to secure that freedom. We’ve begun instead to slip into a world in which any freedom we enjoy exists as an indulgence granted by government–a government that can wi ...


Seattle’s Grand Bargain–a bargain for whom?

July 05, 2016 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

  The City of Seattle has proposed “The Grand Bargain” to fix its affordable housing crisis. The epic title doesn’t meet expectations. “The Grand Bargain” would force housing developers across the City to set aside a percentage of their developments as rent-restricted affordable housing units. Or developers ca ...