No, We Don’t Need Weaker Encryption

During the worst economic downturn in over a century, you might expect that Congress’s top priority would be enacting legislation that helps put more than 32 million unemployed Americans back to work.

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High Seas Piracy Is Legal for Uncle Sam

Piracy is one of the few activities that nearly everyone worldwide condemns. It’s one of three crimes defined in the US Constitution, and the first federal criminal statute, enacted in 1790, set forth the death penalty for any person convicted of it.

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How the War on Drugs Gave Police a “License to Kill”

The War on Drugs is a prime example of America’s gradual descent into a police state. And it’s a textbook case for understanding how cops – once known as “peace officers”...

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Need a Passport? Hope You’re Not in a Hurry…

Just over a century ago, a US citizen could journey to almost any other country in the world without a passport. And until only 15 years ago, you could travel to Mexico, Canada, and most Caribbean countries without one.

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COVID-19 Proves the Nanny State Does More Harm than Good

You might call it the “curse of good intentions”: an action we take upon ourselves or require others to take in the expectation it will improve things for us as individuals or for society.

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Will COVID-19 Accelerate the Dollar’s Extinction?

An economic truth I revisit periodically is that every fiat currency (a medium of exchange without intrinsic value or without backing by a commodity with intrinsic value, such as gold) will eventually became worthless.

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Somersaulting into a Total Surveillance State

Last summer, I spent a weekend in Michigan with a group of old friends from high school. A highlight from the trip was a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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We’re All Socialists Now

Last week, Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, leaving former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee to challenge President Donald Trump this November.

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Where Did All the Gold and Silver Go?

One of the most effective ways to sell anything is to claim scarcity. You’ve no doubt seen marketing claims that [insert name of product] is “flying off the shelves” and that “supplies are strictly limited.”

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Bankruptcy, Not Bailouts

By the time you read this, Congress may be putting the finishing touches on a $1 trillion bailout to help America cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19: A New Front in the War on Cash

“You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.”
--Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago mayor and advisor to President Barack Obama

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Don’t Go to War with the IRS

The IRS made headlines last October when a report it submitted to Congress admitted that the agency targets the tax returns of the working poor at about the same rate as wealthy taxpayers.

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Preparing for the End of the World as We Know it

A decade or so ago, a client I’ll call Will hired me to give him a list of tactics to prepare for an unforeseen natural or man-made disaster. I presented my research to him when we met a few weeks later.

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“Surveillance Capitalism” and Your Privacy

A growing network of companies, along with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, are quietly capitalizing on the explosion of data that most of us unknowingly generate as we go about our day.

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Why No One Needs to Be Poor in Dominica

Last week, I was in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the first time since 2017’s Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

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Your Home Is Spying on You, Too

The “internet of things” (IoT) is a system of web-connected devices or objects (including tracked animals and people) that can transfer data without any interaction between humans and computers.

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