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Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar's Own Good

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.

Liberty, Security, and Fear

David Bromwich | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

"Thoughtless people," wrote Emerson, "contradict as readily the statement of perceptions as of opinions, or rather much more readily." The leaders and functionaries who in the past twelve years have imposed on the United States a massive system of secret surveillance are best looked on not as betrayers but as thoughtless people. They have forgotten the moral perceptions that were once felt to make the United States a country exemplary for its freedom. The work of this moment is to compel them to see again what people who understand liberty have never failed to see.

The Town the Militia Took Over

Josh Horwitz | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre once famously told a CPAC gathering that "the guys with the guns make the rules." In the town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania, he might have finally found the perfect test case for his insane vision of America.

iAtheist: Being Godless in America

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

I was deeply disturbed by the news that the House had passed a measure to bar the Defense Department from appointing atheist military chaplains, but I...

Scott Walker's Crackdown on Free Speech Backfires

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Remember that part in the Bill of Rights where Free Speech and Free Assembly are guaranteed provided the citizen requesting those freedoms does so upon the approval of his or her permit request? I don't remember that last part, either.

Snowden's Gift to America Bears Fruit and Forces Change

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Is Edward Snowden the only loyal American to remember the words of the 4th Amendment to our Constitution? Perhaps history will remember him as one of the most loyal Americans of us all.

Understanding Cause and Effect

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

How do we know when to abandon a successful policy? At first blush, this might seem a contradiction in terms. Why would one ever abandon a successful policy? But most policies have costs as well as benefits, and at a certain point one might decide that the costs outweigh benefits.

Why We Need to See What the Monsters Look Like

Scott DiMarco | Posted 09.25.2013 | Media
Scott DiMarco

Several major retail chains have refused to sell the Rolling Stone with Tsarnaev on the cover due to poor taste and insensitivity. This is a different type of insensitivity -- insensitivity to the role of a free press and responsible journalism.

How the 'Filibuster Fight' Should Guide the President in Handling the Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

In the end Republicans folded in the filibuster debate because they preferred preserving the filibuster for another day than permanently losing an obstructionist tool they could continue to abuse. The same strategy will work for the debt-ceiling.

The Constitution's in the Star Wars Trash Compactor

David Fagin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
David Fagin

Sure, it's a bit premature to compare our situation to an Orwellian future, but this is how it starts. And, short of a droid shutting down the Death Star, how can we stop these politicians from squeezing out even more of our freedom and privacy in the name of God or National Security?

Detroit Bankruptcy Filing Puts Spotlight on Distressed Municipal Pensions

Jacob Adlerstein | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
Jacob Adlerstein

If Detroit prevails in significantly reducing its pension obligations, it will potentially provide a blueprint for other jurisdictions to follow.

Royal Pain

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For historical accuracy: The Federalists in the early Congresses did indeed propose the title "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties" for the president, but it was laughed down by James Madison and others and the simple "Mister President" was accepted instead.

Tea Party in U.S. and Libre in Honduras: Two Peas in a Pod

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Both blame the corporate elites for all of their problems... yet ironically both clamor incessantly for more jobs, seemingly oblivious to the role of private business in stimulating employment.

We the People Bless the USA

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Our Justice system serves primarily white people, our legislative system primarily serves the people who corrupt and obstruct it. We the People lost sight of the values, strength and discipline that could have made our country great.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

The Future of the Senate

Carl Pope | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

The history of how the filibuster has been used in American history shows it to be a tool heavily weighted towards reactionary minorities, short-sighted isolationists, and those who oppose a strong national government.

Can Post-Constitutional America Recover Its Freedom and Prosperity?

Bill Frezza | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Recovering the freedom that once made us great will require reclaiming the inalienable rights and shouldering the personal responsibilities we have slowly been surrendering in return for promised security and false prosperity.

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

Teaching Children to Respect Privacy By Respecting Theirs

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While COPPA may be viewed by the private sector as another set of "rules" that must be complied with, we should consider what such regulation represents.

We the Young People of Zimbabwe

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

We the people of Zimbabwe, "United in our diversity by our common desire for freedom, justice and equality... Determined to overcome all challenges an...

Scalia Fails To Grasp True Democracy

Salon | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

Recent events in Washington invite us to think about the meaning of democracy. On June 19, dignitaries gathered in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to ...

Scalia Plagued By Jekyll-And-Hyde Moment

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

“Will the real Justice Scalia please stand up, please stand up.” These slightly altered lyrics from Eminem’s 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady” ke...

That Gun Changed Our Lives Forever

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again.

The Triumph of Culture Over Politics: Edward Snowden and American Independence

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Edward Snowden is an independent American whose principles are the principles of American Independence. And that is surely all that any Patriot is called to be.