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  • Are Hate Crime Laws a Good Idea?

    May 31, 2017

    David Burress

    There are three main arguments against hate crime laws. I think the two most commonly used by civil libertarians are just plain wrong. I think a third argument has more weight.   1. Hate crime laws are said to outlaw hate speech, which ought to be protected. Nonsense. A hate crime refers to a violent act with ...

  • Serial Rapists

    May 31, 2017

    David Burress

    Last week I gave some data on Facebook implying that well over 90% of rapes of females are performed by serial rapists. There are important implications for anti-rape policy.   First, “culture of rape” education is unlikely to have a substantial impact. Most of the rapes are being done by hardened rapists who probably can’t be reached.   Second, what ...

  • Against the “Privilege” Frame

    May 23, 2017

    David Burress

    Like a lot of progressives I once had an aha! moment when it sunk in somewhat painfully that the obverse side of oppression of one group is privilege for the non-oppressed group. That experience leaves many progressives with the impression that the “privilege” frame is politically effective.   I think it is actually counterproductive. That which works ...

  • Dubious Rewards

    May 18, 2017

    David Burress

    Julian Assange’s Wikileaks has offered $100,000 for a copy of the Trump-Comey tapes. Previously he has offered rewards for information on Obama Administration misdeeds, and for information on the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.   I do not admire this practice.   1. These rewards mark Assange as a partisan actor attacking specific enemies. (There is other evidence ...