Author Archives: dL

Thomas Knapp: Two Things the Kavanaugh Fiasco Did Damage to “From the Right”

Both are ongoing, but the Kavanaugh confirmation process both highlighted the damage and added to it.

Thing One: “Presumption of Innocence”

Here’s a non-Kavanaugh-related example of the problem, from a piece on civil judgments pursuant to rape allegations. I agree with the author that people acquitted of crimes shouldn’t face a lower standard of proof in subsequent civil actions based on the claim that they’re guilty, but then he goes on to write:

For us to live in an open, liberal society, the presumption of innocence has to exist as a social idea as well as a legal one.

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June 2018 Open Thread

Trade wars, presidential pardons, Roseanne Barr and ICE family values dominate the social media political discussion as June, 2018 commences.

John McAfee Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Businessman and crypto ICO advocate John McAfee has announced his intentions to run again for POTUS in 2020. In a twitter announcement, McAfee indicated he will give the Libertarian party first dibs for services but left open the possibility for the formation of a new party for his presidential campaign. In 2015, McAfee launched a presidential campaign for the newly formed Cyber party before switching to run for the 2016 libertarian nomination.… Read more ...

Former six term democratic congresswomen and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney now identifies as an anarchist

Former six term democratic congresswomen and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney openly outed herself as an anarchist at the 2018 Anarchapulco conference held annually in Acapulco, Mexico. From a radio interview, McKinney credited an ongoing dialogue with [current LP presidential declared candidate]Adam Kokesh as well as an ideological re-evaluation facilitated by her current stint as Assistant Professor of Political Science at North South University, Bangladesh.… Read more ...

February 2018 Open Thread

Welcome to this month’s edition of the open thread, our place for off-topic conversations, news tips, suggestions, discussions of stories. February opens with Facebook banning all cryptocurrency advertising, the LNC pursuing an apparent de facto partnership with Facebook to censure libertarian speech on the social media platform, and a released outer party memo alleging inner party surveillance of key Ingsoc members.… Read more ...