Thursday, December 18th, 2008
Anne Applebaum says the Madoff bust may cripple American capitalism.
Libertarian purity test: If preventing people from committing force or fraud against others is a legitimate function of government, how do you feel about the government shutting down fortune tellers? Legitimate fraud prevention, or infringement on free speech?
Ted Galen Carpenter throws cold water on DEA claims that our Latin American intervention efforts are “working.”
More Madoff fallout: Looks like the criminal justice advocacy foundation JEHT will fold. They’re also one of the big sponsors of the Innocence Project. That’s bad news.
Utah man sprays raiding SWAT team with bear repellent. Probably a pretty good indicator that the guy didn’t know they were cops. They also charged him with possession, which means they didn’t find enough drugs to merit a distribution charge.
The Wall Street Journal on Obama’s sudden fondness for pre-Bolshevik Russian nobility. Nothing like the head of a democracy showing he’s serious about a problem by bestowing on a political appointee a title that implies authoritarian power.