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May 27, 2016

Ubiquitous misstatements in the United States Senate

On May 17 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a 17 minute speech to a largely empty Senate chamber attacking Exxon for that company’s alleged climate change denial. You can see the Senator’s speech here at the 9 hour mark. Whitehouse used the occasion to attack PLF as a “creepy front group” that is in the climate-change ...

September 18, 2015

Should we send dissenters to jail?

Is it time to jail dissent?  When faced with an existential crisis, the needs of society may outweigh the rights of individuals, right?  Under that theory, of course, it was perfectly acceptable for the politicians in charge of the early Republic to pass the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it a crime to criticize the ...