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  • The Limits of Free Speech

    April 8, 2016

    David Burress

    Minority students asked the University to Kansas to censor sidewalk chalk messages supporting Trump on the grounds that he is a scary racist (which is true). KU refused, which was the right call. Nevertheless the students’ concern should not be dismissed. They are not asking for censorship of speech that causes them discomfort. They are ...

  • One Person One Vote

    April 6, 2016

    David Burress

    The SCOTUS majority made the right decision: 1. It is OK to apportion political districts on total population. 2. It is premature to address other arrangements. If total population did not count, then interests of non-voters would not be fairly represented in the legislature. For example districts with lots of children would have fewer representatives per child than ...

  • The Reality of Abortions in the US

    April 5, 2016

    David Burress

    Interesting fact: we actually do not know whether the abortion rate in the US is really declining. What we do know is: 1. the rate of REPORTED abortions is declining. 2. the density of legal obstacles to abortion is rapidly increasing. (Also called TRAPs, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion providers.) Antiabortionists claim this shows that TRAPs are working to ...

  • There are Charities and then there are “Charities”

    April 5, 2016

    David Burress

    The Wounded Warrior scandal has given a lot of private service charities a black eye, as it should. Some charities are much better (you really ought to check out any cause at Charity Navigator before you contribute)—but the defensive voices supporting “good” charities have still got it wrong. Private charity is an innately and immensely ...