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Anthony Gregory
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Anthony Gregory is Research Editor at the Independent Institute and the author of "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America."

He has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, San Diego Union-Tribune, Washington Times, Dallas Morning News, Salt Lake Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Tallahassee Democrat, Albany (NY) Times Union, Portland Oregonian, Raleigh News and Observer, Florida Today, Bellingham (WA) Herald, Modesto Bee, East Valley Tribune (AZ), Contra Costa Times, and many other newspapers; as well as in Human Events, Counterpunch, The American Conservative, Alternet,, The Independent Review and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

He also regularly writes for numerous news and commentary web sites, including and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of California at Berkeley, giving the undergraduate history commencement speech in 2003.

Entries by Anthony Gregory

Pretend It Was President McCain

(10) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:14 PM

The president has had a tough few months. Many of his defenders wish to shift blame for the big policy problems to his detractors. I have a question for them.

What if McCain had won in 2008 and 2012? What if the current scandals, power grabs, and policy disasters...

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Could the Republicans Sell Water in the Desert?

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 8:52 AM

Here's a mystery. The Republicans describe themselves as the party of smaller government, and the Democrats generally agree. Polls indicate nearly unprecedented lows in public trust in the federal government.

Yet the Republicans' popularity seems to sink continuously. Some pundits believe the Democrats have a...

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Obama's Persecution of Bradley Manning

(68) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Thanks to Bradley Manning, the world learned important information about the U.S. government's misconduct abroad. He pled guilty February 28 to leaking 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the international source that has exposed the malfeasance of institutions the world over. He leaked these documents to reveal the government's obsession "with killing...

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The Bellicosity of a Democrat's Second Term

(8) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Despite having escalated the war in Afghanistan, widened the drone killing in Pakistan, bombed Yemen and Somalia, waged various proxy wars, started a war in Libya, and dragged his feet in the Iraq withdrawal, Obama won the November election as the peace candidate.

In the foreign policy presidential debate,...

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States Thumb Their Noses at the Drug War

(37) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:10 PM

Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana and now Obama must decide: will he be remembered as the president who let states pursue drug reform, or who desperately enforced an unpopular and futile policy against the will of the people?

The Drug Enforcement Administration has about six thousand agents and...

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The Winner of the Election: George W. Bush

(86) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 12:08 PM

I'm calling the election. The winner will be George W. Bush.

Whether Obama serves a second term or hands the reins to Romney, we will face another four years of Bush's policies.

The war on terrorism defined Bush's tenure. Obama has embraced virtually every significant aspect of Bush's national security...

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The Justice System's Imprisonment of Innocent Citizens

(17) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:05 PM

It is frequently said that a civilized people would rather let ten guilty men go free than put one innocent person in prison. I would revise the ratio, myself, yet we are starting to get a glimpse into just how often innocent people are convicted in this country.


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The Real Problem With Romney's 47% Remark

(12) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:43 AM

Commentators call it the gaffe that will cost Romney the election. At a small donor event, the candidate said that 47 percent will vote for Obama "no matter what"--those who are "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for...

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Does the Buck Stop With the President?

(19) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 3:11 PM

At the Democratic convention, practically every speaker has applauded President Obama for effecting major positive changes in American society. In a typical speech, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick trumpeted:

This is the president who delivered the security of affordable healthcare to every single American after 90 years of...
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The FBI Lurking Behind Every Corner

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM

The late Richard Masato Aoki, famed street fighting '60s radical who armed San Francisco Bay Area Black Panthers, has been implicated as an FBI informant. Surprise, surprise.

The sight of armed Black Panthers prompted Governor Ronald Reagan to sign gun control in California. Aoki's role...

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Do We Want a 'Stop-and-Frisk' Society?

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 1:45 PM

More than a thousand times a day, New York City police officers stop and frisk Americans going about their business. In 2011, they conducted such searches on 685,724 New Yorkers. The main rationale is to keep guns off the streets. Yet last year, they only found one firearm...

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Then, Who DID Build It, Mr. President?

(100) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Conservatives have had a field day over Obama's comments in Roanoke, Virginia, where the president said:

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have...
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Holding Attorneys General in Contempt

(10) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Eric Holder's Justice Department has predictably decided to shield him from prosecution in response to the House of Representatives holding him in contempt. It is the latest chapter in a drama starring a stonewalling attorney general, a president claiming executive privilege, and a bizarre scandal in which the Bureau of...

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The Tragedy of a Jobs-Based Election

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 4:21 PM

Romney's supporters are giddy about the newest unemployment statistics, which indeed seem unfavorable to Obama's reelection prospects. Only 69,000 jobs were created in May. Unemployment has climbed from 8.1 to 8.2 percent in a month.

Ever since the financial collapse, American voters have seen the...

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Is It the Beginning of the End for the War on Pot?

(344) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 9:45 AM

A clear majority of Americans now want to see marijuana legalized. Fifty-six percent believe it should be treated like alcohol or tobacco. Only thirty-six percent defend the status quo. What's more, the trend has been moving towards the pro-legalization position, and continues to do so.

It is...

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America's 23-Year War

(17) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 3:21 PM

If President Obama has his way, the last U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan could be Americans born five years after 9/11. The administration has signed a pact to maintain a military presence there until 2024. After initially claiming the rumors of such a deal were false,...

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The Golden State Gone Broke

(168) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 1:24 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $91 billion budget with dramatic cuts to medical, child welfare, disabilities benefits, and the court system. He also wants higher sales taxes and income taxes on the wealthy to reduce $8.5 billion from the $16 billion deficit. If this tax...

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Let Them All Stay -- Amnesty, Now

(103) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Senator Marco Rubio has proposed letting young illegal immigrants stay in the United States legally. This is seen as an alternative to the Democrats' DREAM Act, although supporters of the latter welcome the Rubio plan as a way to reinvigorate the agenda of immigration reform.

Romney has...

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Is Iran Really a Threat?

(134) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 10:06 PM

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says it is "definitely not" time to attack Iran. Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan and former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin similarly caution against Netenyahu's impulse for military action. Sixty-three percent of Israelis oppose a unilateral strike on...

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Only One Way to End the Indecencies of War

(9) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Once again, the vagaries of war have gotten some attention. The Los Angeles Times published photographs showing American soldiers posing alongside Afghan corpses. This comes only months after the bad publicity resulting from a video showing Marines urinating on Taliban corpses and in the midst...

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