Roots of Surveillance America

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Wendy McElroy: A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.

Greenwald’s Courage Can Be Contagious

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Wendy McElroy: Obama’s greatest allies in criminalizing journalism are the brave media people whose reporting on Greenwald essentially consists of going “arf, arf!” In his Skyped speech, Greenwald praised them as actors who played “journalists on TV.”

Obama, Union Buster?

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Wendy McElroy: Unions are dropping their enthusiasm for Obamacare. Some push for the new subsidies. Others bristle over the excise tax. Many protest the impact of health care cutbacks by employers who cannot afford to fully implement Obamacare.

The Growing Divide Between Elites and Average People

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Wendy McElroy: There has been a creeping difference in the attitudes of many politicians and the politically connected. In grabbing for power, they are often almost casually blatant, as though their authority is so secure that there is no longer a need to sugarcoat their motives.

Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge for Cash?

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Wendy McElroy: If America’s most aggressive state crackdown on the “gray market” in used goods proves to be revenue-enhancing, other cash-starved states are likely to follow Louisiana’s lead.

The Duke Cases Continues

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Wendy McElroy: Lawsuits have surrounded the Duke lacrosse rape case since 2007. Three of them, taken collectively, constitute one of the most significant political and legal battles of our time. What have you heard of them? Next to nothing.

Junk Science Smites Craigslist

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Wendy McElroy: Child prostitution of course is something to be concerned about, but hysteria about it, in the absence of real evidence, should not be allowed to limit adults’ free-speech rights.

Police Have More, Better Rights than You

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Wendy McElroy: Even as the Illinois police defend their “right” to surveil everyone on the grounds that those being watched are in public, they deny the public the right to record them in the line of duty.

Jury Nullification: Remedy or Danger?

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Wendy McElroy: Jury nullification did not technically occur in Missoula because no jury was seated. Nevertheless, the incident is viewed as a triumph for nullification, and the strategy is reinvigorated.

Ask Not for Whom the Drug Tolls

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Wendy McElroy: A new slate of drugs now addresses a wide range of so-called disorders, or dysfunctions, that former generations considered environmental problems or lifestyle choices: from obesity to attention deficit, from erectile dysfunction to social anxiety (shyness), from menopause to alcoholism.

Big Brother Is Watching You Recycle

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Wendy McElroy: If households can be forced to assume these labor-intensive tasks, then selling recyclables—especially such goods as aluminum cans—is more likely to be profitable.

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