Imagine if Congress passed and the president signed a law making it a crime to utter "false, scandalous and malicious" statements "against the government." Think that would violate your right to free speech?
Of course it would. So it's startling to realize that such a law was, in fact, enacted at one time. In 1798, to be specific. The Alien and Sedition Acts were signed by President John Adams, no less. If you can't trust an actual Founding Father to oppose such an unconstitutional law, who can you trust?
Jump to 2014, and you'll find the same impulse to quash speech we disagree with is alive and well. All that's changed are the tactics. Frontal assaults are out. Today's politicians are savvier about how they propose to limit speech. more >>
Close to 3,000 families camped out near the World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo a day before the soccer tournament in Brazil begins, trying to raise global attention for what they say is a lack of support they have received from the government.
"I always liked the World Cup. I was Brazilian through and through," said one woman at the encampment, CNN reported. "But this Cup and the stadium are making people angry."
The World Cup, which begins June 12 and ends July 13, will bring together 32 nations to compete for the trophy. The organization has been plagued by protests from activists who have said that the country spent a total of $11 billion for the competition, while many social services have been neglected. more >>
Trinity Broadcasting Network suffered a severe decline in total revenue for the year 2012, according to the Form 990 it filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
According to the form for the 2012 calendar year TBN – legally registered as the Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. – had a total revenue of approximately $144 million. This contrasts with calendar year 2011, when they had a total revenue of about $176 million.
Meant as a form for nonprofits, Form 990 breaks down revenue into four categories: "Contributions and grants," "Program service revenue," "Investment income," and "Other revenue." more >>
More than half of all Americans believe the American dream is now out of their reach, and most also believe children won't be better off than their parents in the future.
The outlook from the results of a recent CNNMoney American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC international, is particularly bleak among young adults between the ages 18 to 34, where some 63 percent believe the dream is now outright impossible.
"Some 63 percent of all Americans said most children in the U.S. won't be better off than their parents. This dour view comes despite most respondents, 54 percent, feeling they are better off than their own parents," noted CNNMoney. more >>
"The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher
Inside Barack Obama's "income inequality and attack the rich" rhetoric, used mainly to sway envy-driven, simple minds, is a dangerous subtext: that capitalism and entrepreneurs are bad. If this continues, and without the brightest business minds in the USA, our country is doomed.
Obama presupposes the evils of capitalism and capitalists to sell his statist/socialist agenda. But the facts are clear: Free-market capitalism is a far more virtuous and moral system than government. We need to separate reality from political rhetoric. more >>
It seems that every day a new review of Thomas Pikkety's book, Capital in the Twenty First Century, appears on the scene. I've certainly gained new insights about political economics from reading these essays, both pro and con. Thankfully, as a result, I feel safe in using the time I would have needed to read the 700-page tome for more productive activities.
But I do want to share an insight gathered from reading those commentaries. For those readers who have not been following the Pikkety phenomenon, his book is about wealth inequality, whether it is inevitably going to get worse, which presumably is bad for society if it does, and therefore Pikkety has a global wealth tax idea to save civilization from the grip of too few wealthy people, leaving even fewer of them surviving. Predictably, those on the left are enamored of the book, while those on the right are at best skeptical.
The main insight I gathered was a strong suspicion that the real reason for lusting after a wealth tax was simply a case of covetousness and envy. I was not the only person to be struck by the envy of the left; several other commentators also remarked on the unseemliness of the apparently envious motives (not necessarily on the part of Pikkety, but from some of the commentators enthralled with the idea of trashing the currently wealthy). more >>