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Big ISPs Will Back Net Neutrality Someday

I don’t want Barack Obama regulating the internet. At the same time, conservatives who believe big corporations are always right better pop their heads out of their Chambers of Commerce. Greens Didn’t Kill the Incandescent Light Bulb—Corporatists Did The way big businesses got big and stayed big has nothing to do with business and everything to do…

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Failed Consultant Seeks Funding for GOP Establishment

People tell me Republican consultant John Hancock is a really nice guy. I think they’re right. And, as Hancock’s clients have learned repeatedly, nice guys finish last. The clearest example of Hancock’s failure was John Brunner’s campaign for US Senate in 2012. Brunner is an exceptional businessman with a remarkably clear and accurate political philosophy.…

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Government Is For Sale. Here’s Who’s Buying

Updated: the original title said “Congress is for sale.” My mistake. I meant Government. Once upon a time in America, people built companies by filling society’s unmet needs. To survive, a company relied on innovation, quality, and, of course, good advertising. The best advertisement being word of mouth. That’s all changed now. The way to…

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Thank You, Heritage Foundation

I’m sitting at Reagan National Airport waiting for my flight home. I just spent 24 hours meeting the people who keep America free. Well, besides the people in uniform. It’s the Heritage Foundation’s donors and leaders. It’s Heritage Action and its Sentinels. It’s decidedly NOT the ruling class, the two big parties. I had the…

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Bureaucratizing Street Gangs

Did you ever wonder why do-gooders and social planners never pay for their crimes? Yesterday, I wrote about Jesse Jackson dressing down at the hands of activists in a McDonald’s parking lot in Ferguson. I pointed out that Martin Luther King and Dick Gregory were similarly dismissed by rioters in the 1960s. Some things never change.…

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What If We Stopped Shouting?

I shout a lot. Not with my lungs. With my pen. Well, not a pen, actually. With a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. A few years ago, I shouted with my lungs at Tea Party events. I realized pretty quickly that shouting wasn’t doing any good. It worked at first. Shouting carried my voice to people who…

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We Might Be Doing Criminal Trials Backwards

Is it possible that we do criminal trials backwards? In the United States, criminal trials have two parts: Determination of guilt or innocence Determination of penalty Does that make sense? What if we did it the other way around? What if, first, the prosecutor and defense attorney had to convince the judge or jury of…

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The Number One Reason People Hate Elections

I wrote previously that I hate elections. I have many reasons for hating elections. One reason, though, seems pretty common: horrible, insulting radio ads. Two ads really stick out: The negative ad that mentions the sponsoring candidate’s opponent(s) five times as often as it mentions the candidate you’re supposed to remember at the poll. The…

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Check Out The Missouri Torch

If you don’t get The Missouri Torch delivered to your inbox every day, you’re missing out. Duane Lester has built a fantastic blog. The Missouri Torch captures the most important Missouri political news every day and sends you a convenient link list. Plus, Duane’s original pieces are crisp, smart, witty, and dead on. And, like…