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Government as Slave Owner (2000)

The latest hubbub over whether slavery was the sole cause of the Civil War reminded me of this article on how modern governments have connived to seize unlimited power over citizens.   The Declaration of Independence was clear that Americans rights pre-existed the creation of government.  But today’s Statists see government as the fount of all rights.  What […]

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Thanks and R.I.P., Hugh Hefner

 Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, passed away yesterday at the age of 91.  One of his best lines serves also as his epitaph: “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dreams.”  Hefner was one of the great hellraisers of modern America and had a huge impact for much of the second half of the 20th century.  Playboy was a champion of freedom of speech and freedom of […]

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My Playboy Greatest Hits

So Playboy is becoming proudly birthday-suit free.  Lots of jokes this week about how guys will now be able to honestly say “I only read it for the articles.” From 1994 through 2002, I wrote a bunch of pieces for Playboy on No-Knock Raids, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Janet Reno, IRS, Surveillance, Pork Barrel Prisons, the […]

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IRS “Structuring” Robberies Go Back Decades – Playboy 1996

The New York Times had an excellent piece on Sunday on the IRS pilfering people whose bank account deposits were deemed “suspicious” – based on the shabbiest pretexts. (The Institute of Justice, which is doing great work on asset forfeiture, provided much of the research for the piece.) This abuse has been ongoing for decades. Here’s […]

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