State of the Union

Posts in category “liberties”

What Ferguson Has Revealed

“Whatever happened to Michael Brown in the moments before he died has …

Posted August 15th, 2014

Selfies for Uncle Sam

If you use social media or have a smartphone, chances are you’ve encountered …

Posted July 31st, 2014

Fear and Loathing in Guantanamo Bay

The Guantanamo Bay detention center briefly reasserted its presence in the public …

Posted July 23rd, 2014

Private-Sector Privacy at Loose Ends

When Edward Snowden broke open the secretive vaults of the National Security …

Posted May 5th, 2014

Rand Paul and Libertarian Switcheroos on Race

Like the very evenhanded Jamelle Bouie here, I think Sen. Rand Paul’s …

Posted March 26th, 2014

Obama Announces Mild Surveillance Reforms

Just as our army has, in President Obama’s famous debating words, moved …

Posted January 17th, 2014

White House Panel Rebukes NSA Spying

Six months after Edward Snowden’s first powerpoint slides went public, it’s official: …

Posted December 19th, 2013

Yuval Levin’s Must-Read Primer on America’s Ideological Faultline

The great debate between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine—and what it means in the Age of Obama.

Posted December 4th, 2013 Editor Demands FBI File Fix

Eric Garris, co-founder and editor of, says he filed a request …

Posted November 15th, 2013

“Strange Bedfellows” Are Rolling Back NSA Surveillance

Commentators short on descriptive idioms often deploy the phrase “strange bedfellows” whenever cross-ideological …

Posted October 29th, 2013

The Tax Man Rideth (In Your Car)

Care to give the IRS a lift? Or at least, your local …

Posted October 28th, 2013

Patriot Act Author Writes NSA Rollback

In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) authored …

Posted October 26th, 2013

Global Slavery Index: Measuring Millions

Kevin Bales, co-founder of Free the Slaves and well-known human trafficking expert, …

Posted October 22nd, 2013

German Children Seized From Parents for Crime of Homeschooling

Teaching your own kids is illegal in Germany, and one family is paying the price.

Posted September 5th, 2013

Considering John Kerry’s New Faith-Based Office

When the State Department announced its new office for religious engagement last …

Posted August 19th, 2013

Parsing the Confederate Constitution

I appreciated Ben Domenech’s takedown of Michael Gerson’s recent efforts at policing …

Posted July 22nd, 2013

Guns, Anarchy, and Leviathan

The University of Wisconsin political scientist Andrew Kydd offers an interesting critique …

Posted July 19th, 2013