So, Rand Paul Is Running for President . . .

And just in time for the start of his campaign, we have a report that his father, former congressman Ron Paul, has a think tank staffed with members who work as hard as they possibly can in order to make Vladimir Putin look good: Numerous members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity have …

Let’s Put Matters Bluntly

The Charlie Hebdo murders were caused by Islamist terrorists. They were not a false flag operation. Anyone who says otherwise is a lunatic. Any group of people who publish that particular anyone's claims that the Charlie Hebdo murders were a false flag operation may be considered a group of lunatics. Any former politician whose name …

Ferguson, and the Overextension of Police Power

Let me preface this post with my usual comments whenever I discuss police power and its potential abuses: The vast majority of police officers serve honorably. They have a hard and oftentimes dangerous job, and we should be grateful for the fact that they are brave and tough enough to do it.That having been written, …

Quote of the Day

The name of my Defining Ideas column is “The Libertarian.” The title of my recent book on constitutional law is “The Classical Liberal Constitution.” Clearly, I consider myself a proponent of limited government. So does Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has moved the term “libertarian” to the fore of our national political debates. In …

Peter Ludlow Misunderstands Original Public Meaning

Read this interview, and take a gander especially at the following: . . . most conversations take place between individuals with different levels of power, and there is often a presumption that we should defer to the lexical semantics of the person in power – whether that be a teacher or a politician or a billionaire. …