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12 Reasons Trump Won

I get it. I didn’t support Donald Trump’s presidential bid, and I was as surprised as most by the outcome. But I get why so many voters supported Trump—and a part of me is happy they did. . . . Now it is up to classical liberals, libertarians, Constitutional conservatives, and free-trade Democrats who opposed Trump or who supported him as the lesser evil to check Trump when he threatens liberty and to cheer him on when it furthers it. | Read More

Trump’s Enablers

What is truly bizarre is that so many people who saw Trump as a deeply flawed candidate—including people who were horrified by the prospect of him winning—worked so hard to keep him in the race. Trump would not have won the presidency but for these enablers, the people who disliked or opposed Trump but who actively promoted his campaign. | Read More

Are Those Worried about Third-Party Spoilers Ready to Consider Approval Voting Yet?

If it’s true either that Trump would have lost the primaries against a single amalgam of his opponents, or that Hillary Clinton would have won various key states and thus the electoral college in a two-way race, then Trump owes his victory to America’s system of winner-take-all plurality voting. The way we vote is not a law of nature. It can be changed. I think there are good reasons to move to approval voting, meaning that voters can select multiple candidates. | Read More

New Book: Reclaiming Liberalism and Other Essays on Personal and Economic Freedom

The book brings together the title essay plus thirty-two others. “Reclaiming Liberalism” examines the meaning of the term liberal, linking it to the tradition of individual rights; explains why genuine liberals should not let statists steal their rightful title; and distinguishes liberalism from conservatism and libertarianism. Other essays, published over previous years, explore the lure of utopia; defend equality before the law, not of outcomes; champion freedom of speech; defend capitalism; critique the nanny state; and address other critical issues of our times. | Buy the Book


The Presidential Election

It has been an unsettling election season. Following are my key articles about it in reverse order.

· The Political System is Rigged—But That’s Not Our Main Problem
· Cubs Victory Illustrates the Difference between Reasonable Rules and a Rigged System
· Clinton and Trump Should Both Drop Out for the Good of the Country
· The Statist Convergence of Trump and Clinton
· Should Liberty Advocates Support Gary Johnson for President?
· Donald Trump: Anti-Capitalist
· Donald Trump Would Be the Least-Qualified Person Ever to Be Elected President
· Why Liberty Advocates Should Join the Republican Party, Not Abandon It, Despite Trump
· Still, Never Trump
· Ted Cruz’s Remarkable Nod to the Separation of Church and State
· Trump, Cruz, and Freedom of Speech
· Reason and Rights Republicans

The Colorado Ballot

Colorado Capitol

This year Colorado voters decided some important ballot measures. Here is my analysis of some of them.

· My 2016 Colorado Ballot
· Amendment 71 and Colorado’s Constitutional Mess
· Colorado’s Amendment T and the Meaning of Involuntary Servitude
· Why I Oppose the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, Proposition 106
· Why I’m Ambivalent about Right-to-Die Laws
· TV Debate on Right-to-Die
· TV Discussion on Open Primaries
· Reply to the Denver Post on Open Presidential Primaries
· An Open Letter to the Colorado Elections Study Group
· Get Government Out of Political Parties: How to Resolve the Primary-Caucus Debate
· Setting the Record Straight about Colorado’s Republican Caucus

When It’s Wrong for Lawyers to Help Guilty Clients Go Free

Philosopher Michael Huemer makes a claim that will surprise many attorneys and observers of the legal system: With some important exceptions, lawyers should not help a clearly guilty client go free or otherwise evade justice. This runs counter to the common notion that attorneys can or even should help their guilty clients go free. | Read More

The Moral Case Against Minimum Wage Laws

Advocates of economic liberty have largely ceded the moral high ground on the issue. But minimum wage laws treat low-wage employees as though they needed a government nanny and employers as though they deserved a government yoke. These laws violate the rights of employers and employees alike. | Read More | See also Ari’s op-ed at Complete Colorado, and listen to Ari discuss minimum wage laws with Gail Fallen on 1310 am.

You Can Learn to Fight Back if Attacked

Heroes of the Paris Train AttackOne thing the horrific murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando again make clear is that, when seconds count, police are usually minutes—or in this case hours—away. The simple fact is that the true “first responders” during an active shooter situation are—or could and should be—the intended victims. Even if you are unarmed, you can take action likely to substantially increase your odds of staying alive. In a 2015 article I discuss many of the key issues, and embed some useful videos. | Read More

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