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W3C Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web

On September 18, Ars Technica reports, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a new specification recommendation, Encrypted Media Extensions. The recommendation, which natively implements a "Digital Rights Management" scheme in web browsers, marks a giant step backward for user freedom and an "open" World Wide Web.


War on ‘Fake News’ Part of a War on Free Speech

rp weekly buttonA major threat to liberty is the assault on the right to discuss political issues, seek out alternative information sources, and promote dissenting ideas and causes such as non-interventionism in foreign and domestic affairs. If this ongoing assault on free speech succeeds, then all of our liberties are endangered.

A Reminder: What Insurance Is

"Elections have consequences," outgoing US president Barack Obama once told Republican congressional leaders, and "I won." He was right. One consequence of the 2016 election, in which the Republican Party maintained its House and Senate majorities and got a president of their own party, is the near-certain, near-future repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka "ObamaCare."

Perceptions Are That Trump's Policies Are Working

baronePerceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up never happening.

McCain versus Paul: The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment's reliance on Vladimir Putin as boogeyman has become.


" An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation. "

--John Marshall

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