Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party: or, On speaking truth to political auto-eroticism.

    Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party: or, On speaking truth to political auto-eroticism.

    My friend and RedState colleague Dan McLaughlin has written an article for the Federalist on the myriad differences between the Ferguson riots and the Stamp Act protests/ original Boston Tea Party*.  It is well-written, historically-aware, perfectly correct… and absolutely useless in terms of its original purpose, which was to try to educate writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and/or Jamelle Bouie (both named in Dan’s essay).  There’s a reason for that. | Read More »

    Ownership is justice

    If property is peace, then ownership is justice. Earlier I proposed that respect for property rights is an essential ingredient to a peaceful and orderly society.  The atrophy of property rights – most definitely including the aggressive seizure of wealth by redistributionist government – correlates directly with social strife.  That’s one of the reasons anti-capitalists turn up at violent and anarchic protests, such as the | Read More »

    Put Body Cams on All the Cops

    Put Body Cams on All the Cops

    I ran across this video yesterday of an interaction between a law enforcement officer and a young black man in Pontiac, MI that as far as I can tell was filmed on Thanksgiving morning. The video graphically and starkly shows a young man being harassed for the crime of walking while being black on a Thursday morning, also helpfully illustrates the power of video recording | Read More »

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    The Vine

    The Vine

    Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. If you asked anyone | Read More »

    Property is peace

    Here’s an interesting non-sequitur about the Ferguson riots and their ostensible justification: Also, property damage is apparently more important than a kid getting killed. Reminds me of this tweet. https://t.co/Rc42BJi7KB — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 25, 2014 Call it the redistribution of justice: how can anyone worry about mere property rights when a “kid” has been killed? The moral logic of rioting and looting is built upon | Read More »

    Obama’s Five Stages of Grief

    Obama's Five Stages of Grief

    Have you ever heard of the Kübler-Ross model? You might have, but you probably know it by its more common name, The Five Stages of Grief. These are generally accepted stages put forward by psychologists that a person who is facing their own death or the death of someone close to them go through. These stages are even referred to in pop culture (one of my | Read More »

    RedState Weekly Briefing: Ferguson and Obama’s Legacy on Race Relations #RSWB

    RedState Weekly Briefing: Ferguson and Obama's Legacy on Race Relations #RSWB

    This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and I will be joined by Laura Fillault to discuss the lack of an indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, the ensuing riots and national race discussion, and President Obama’s legacy on race relations in America. We’ll be live at 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get | Read More »

    Why I Said I’d Have Shot Michael Brown in the Face

    Why I Said I'd Have Shot Michael Brown in the Face

    I strongly believe twitter is a platform which is every bit a part of “real life” in that things said there can have huge consequences (see Anthony Weiner for example). And while I also believe Michelle Malkin is correct that social media “democratizes influence,” I’m of the opinion that there is a bubble of sorts in which some with less influence are treated as though | Read More »

    This Thanksgiving, Let’s Help Those Affected by the #Ferguson Riots

    This Thanksgiving, Let's Help Those Affected by the #Ferguson Riots

    The ongoing events in Ferguson have altered the Thanksgiving and Christmas plans for quite a few of the city’s residents for the worse. The business owners who have seen their stores and restaurants looted or destroyed are probably the most visible of those who have been negatively affected by the unrest, but someone’s going to have to clean up the mess left in the streets and | Read More »

    White People, Ferguson, and Empathy

    White People, Ferguson, and Empathy

    This is not a post about whether or not Darren Wilson should have been indicted. This is not a post defending the rioting and looting that has come after. This is a post about examining our reactions to phenomena that we can’t properly understand. Obviously, an ordered society cannot long survive when looting and destruction of property – especially the private property of innocent bystanders | Read More »

    Ezra Klein’s House of White Privilege Explains the News

    I finally understand white privilege. It is a detachment that lets certain people be detached from the real world while pretending to cover it accurately and emote with it. I get it. It is the only thing that can explain this post by Ezra Klein. Klein just cannot fathom that an eighteen year old who’d just robbed a story would tell a cop to f*ck | Read More »

    Civilization is constantly under attack

    One unfortunate side effect of utopian ideology is the quest to create a system of government so righteous and noble that nobody would even try to tear it down.  This is absurd and childish.  Civilization is always under attack.  The forces of anarchy and barbarism never go away. There will always be people who believe The System is so fundamentally unjust that they are justified in ignoring | Read More »

    Our Better Angels

    Our Better Angels

    I served just shy of a full term on Macon, GA’s City Council. When I took my radio job, I had to step down. In the time I was there, there were multiple times black members of the City Council had to challenge the local police force for what they saw as overkill or police abuse. From my vantage point, not every incident was as | Read More »

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    The Ferguson powder keg

    “Tensions are rising in Ferguson as new details about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown emerge,” reports CBS News in St. Louis.  That would seem odd to the proverbial man from Mars, hopping out of his flying saucer and getting up to speed on the crisis, because the new details reveal that what they were protesting over didn’t happen.  Rejoice, good people of Ferguson!  Michael Brown | Read More »

    Who’s to Blame for the “Ferguson Effect”?

    Who's to Blame for the "Ferguson Effect"?

    The Daily Caller ran a piece this weekend by a cop who apparently works on the West Coast somewhere explaining how Ferguson has made his job more difficult because of the different ways the citizenry reacts to the police post-Ferguson. The whole article is worth reading for a cop’s perspective on what happens when the citizenry loses respect for cops. The central thesis of the | Read More »

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