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Russian Libertarians Detained, Apparently on Suspicion of Being Part of Feared Anti-Putin Revolution

Over two dozen attendees at the “Adam Smith Forum,” a libertarian conference over the weekend in Russia, were arrested by authorities, according to a report from the Freedom Today Network site (an Irish site for millennial libertarians). The UK Telegraph contextualized the arrests as part of a wider crackdown, apparently triggered by fears of “Vyacheslav […]

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Barrett Brown Is Writing a Book Critical of the Justice Department. They are Making it Hard by Trying to Prevent Him Being Paid His Advance.

Barrett Brown is currently out of prison and on probation after getting an over five year sentence for essentially linking online to hacked documents (and a supposed threat to an FBI agent that resulted during the investigation for the linking). Brown tweeted today that the Department of Justice (DOJ), who are seeking to collect the […]

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Just How Much Did Nancy MacLean Get Wrong?

Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, an error-filled screed against Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan, is one of five finalists for a National Book Award. Is that honor deserved? It is worth considering, as the award’s nominators did not, that nearly every reviewer with actual independent knowledge about her book’s topics has pointed out a startling […]

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Was Your Phone Used in Connection with a Crime? Then Federal Agents Can Steal Your House.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has offered up a new twist on “asset forfeiture,” the practice of taking property from citizens not convicted of a crime (the horrible, unjust uses of that policy is something one can read about here at Reason with great (and depressing) regularity). The Intercept reported this month laughable (if it […]

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Rand Paul Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race, Annoys Libertarians

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who among other labels he’s used for himself includes “constitutional conservative,” today officially endorsed Republican Alabama Senate candidate, and former state Supreme Court judge, Roy Moore, who likes to describe himself that way as well. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom “​Judge Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for […]

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Rand Paul Wants to End Military Slush Fund to Evade Spending Caps, Calls Out GOP Colleagues for Budget Hypocrisy

At a press conference this afternoon about the ongoing budget process in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he told President Donald Trump today that he, Paul, “wants to be supportive, wants to be a ‘yes’ vote” but that he also wants the Senate to “obey its own rules” regarding spending limits before […]

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Shackling Elementary School Kids Above Elbow Found to Violate the Fourth Amendment

A school resources officer for Covington Independent Public Schools in Kentucky in 2015 shackled, in separate incidents, two learning disabled kids, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. The cuffs were attacked not around their wrists, but above the elbows behind their backs. ACLU Youtube The American Civil Liberties (ACLU) considered his actions a violation […]

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Can Bitcoin Buy Freedom?

The U.S dollar value of bitcoin reached $5,659 as I began composing this post. (It will be different by the time you read this, to be sure.) Back in November 2013 I reported the then-surprising news of bitcoin breaking $500, a more than tenfold rise in value over the past four years. And it has […]

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