Holding Back the State At the Intersection of National Security and the Leviathan

Last Friday’s unscheduled post touched on some of the issues brought up by the recent revelations about the government’s enhanced surveillance programs. The news that the government has, for years, been collecting information on all of our email, phone calls, … Continue reading

QUICK RESPONSE: PRISM, Verizon, and other Expanded Surveillance This Isn’t a Scandal, It’s a Test

The facts are still slowly trickling out on a couple of government surveillance programs. On Wednesday, news broke that the US government had secretly collected information on every phone call made on Verizon’s phone network from April 25 to July … Continue reading

What is a Moderate? The 'Fair and Balanced' Dilemma

In theory, everyone loves a moderate. Unfortunately, ask a handful of people to define a moderate and you’ll soon realize that it’s one of those words that gets thrown around by folks without ever being pinned down. Sure, there are … Continue reading

The First Challenge On the (Still) Radical Notion that People Should Govern Themselves

A lot of digital ink has been spilled over the sad state of affairs in Washington; namely, the inability of the two major parties to reach any sort of meaningful consensus on how to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges … Continue reading