Donald Trump has offered heaps of bombast on the subject of trade, laying out protectionist views at every opportunity. He has called for new and higher tariffs on imports, tough negotiation with foreign countries (whatever that means), and a magical return to American manufacturing hegemony. All this is drenched in a thick layer of nationalism. […]Read more "Donald Trump Represents “Buy Local” Run Amok"
Can freedom of association exist without confidentiality? That question hung over a federal courtroom in California in March, where the state tried to compel a charitable foundation to disclose the names of its donors — even the officially anonymous ones. The courtroom exchanges were heated, with the judge sometimes being “openly hostile” to the state’s […]Read more "Does the Government Have a Right to Know What You Support?"
Twenty million books. Easily accessible by the public. Searchable in less than a second. For free. But is it legal? Beginning in 2004, Google started copying books. Through partnerships between its Google Books project and participating libraries, Google has since copied over twenty million books. It has indexed them and rendered them searchable on the […]Read more "The (Not) Little (Search) Engine That Could"
Does the government need a search warrant to know where you’ve been? Not if your cell phone provider knows. If you don’t like how that sounds, there may be ways to change it. Take the case of Quartavious Davis, a Florida man convicted of robbing at gunpoint a pizzeria, a gas station, a drugstore, an […]Read more "The Spy in Your Pocket"
In a victory for media Goliaths, the Supreme Court recently ruled that TV-streaming service Aereo “perform[ed] … copyrighted works publicly” and therefore violated copyright law. The ghost of Grokster haunts us. Napster rolls in its grave. Copyright’s muscular hands have once again strangled innovation. What is the purpose of copyright law? Conventional wisdom asserts that […]Read more "The Origins and Intentions of Copyright"
This day just couldn’t get any worse. Former Mayor Trygve Loon was found dead in his townhouse. Was it suicide or murder? Sage City can’t ruminate on that question for too long, though, because a bridge just collapsed. That’s what happens when the City isn’t around to maintain the roads. Finally, to top it all […]Read more "Sage City Today, Ep. 2"
What change do you want to see in the world? Maybe you want marijuana to be legal. Or you want to curtail police brutality. Or perhaps you want to reduce the racial disparity in prisons. One way to effect these changes is to get the law amended on paper. To do that, you’ll need a […]Read more "Effecting Change Outside the Law"