Because the Supreme Court has decided that money is speech and corporations are people, Lessig believes the only real change possiblity is to amend the Constitution. And because Congress is the problem, he doesn’t imagine getting an amendment through Congress.
So: a constitutional convention, called together if 2/3s of the states request it. The ConCon’s amendments become law if 3/4s of the states ratified them.
Lessig believes this issue could draw a left-right coalition, which it needs. First step: Together with Tea Party Patriots, he’s hosting a conference at Harvard Law School on the ConCon idea. September 24-25, $40.
I really do want Dick Cheney to tell his story — on a witness stand, not on talk shows.
Cheney and Bush have confessed to crimes: ordering torture, spying on American citizens, denying due process to terrorism suspects like Jose Padilla.
Yes, some dire situations may justify government officials breaking the law and seeking absolution later. But the only American institution that can provide that absolution is a jury. Until 12 ordinary Americans hear all the evidence and conclude that Cheney was justified, I’m going to view him as a criminal at large.
Geo-engineering: If human activity is interfering with the climate, why not interfere some more and undo it? That’s either a brilliant idea or an updated version of “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly“.
What could go wrong? In a few months we’ll start to see: A British research team is going to release a bunch of water-vapor into the stratosphere to see whether (1) they can do it, (2) it makes clouds whiter and reflects more solar energy into space, or (3) it unleashes the wrath of God in some unforeseen way.
In April 2008, the Supreme Court upheld a photo-ID law in Indiana, even though state GOP officials couldn’t provide a single instance of a voter committing the type of fraud the new ID law was supposed to stop.
A humorous instance of the same phenomenon:
[Kansas Secretary of State] Kobach also asserted that dead people were casting ballots, singling out a deceased Kansan named Alfred K. Brewer as one such zombie voter. There was only one problem: Brewer was still very much alive. The Wichita Eagle found him working in his front yard.
Libya: Ruthless dictator gone. No dead American troops, costs estimated under $1 billion at the end of July.
Some follow-ups on Why I Am Not a Libertarian.
If all Libertarians sounded as reasonable as this Will Wilkerson article, we’d have a lot more to talk about. Wilkerson sees property rights as “a means to a peaceful society of mutual benefit, not an end in itself.”
Salon’s Michael Lind explains Why Libertarians Apologize For Autocracy. Short version: They’ll never be a majority, so democracy is out. As if to prove Lind’s point, American Thinker published Michael Vadum’s Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American.