Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Reconciling Calls in D.C. For Vice Squads With Black Lives Matter

Last week, the president of the D.C. Logan Circle area Area Neighborhood Council (‘ANC’), in response to an increase in murders, called for the reinstitution of vice squads. I had some doubts: This works, until an innocent yet somehow suspicious … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Racism

The One Radical Proposal of Campaign Zero/BLM

I’ve discussed previously how many policing decisions are not made through democratic processes, but are made by ‘police fiat.’ In other words, police departments are making unilateral policy decisions about whom to arrest and for which crimes without any meaningful … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties

Some Thoughts on Mind Coddling

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt wrote an Atlantic article arguing that trigger warnings and campus speech codes have lead to a rise in depression and mental illness among campus students. While I think there are problems with the ‘speech code’ … Continue reading

Posted in Bullshit As a Load Bearing Structure, Civil Liberties | 1 Comment

A Failure of Democracy and the Cincinnati PD Reaction to the Dubose Murder

At first, what surprised me about the murder of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer is how quickly the Cincinnati police has moved to arrest and publicly condemn U of C Officer Ray Tensing. I’m sure part … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties

Police Violence As a Failure of Representative Democracy

Unfortunately, given the number of police-related killings, it’s always a good time to discuss police violence. A while ago, in the context of a jaywalking crackdown in Los Angeles, I noted: What I do not understand is who exactly decided … Continue reading

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A Clear And Present Danger…D.C.’s Funk Parade?

File under security state run amok (boldface mine): The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media … Continue reading

Posted in CIA Spy Shit, Civil Liberties, Fucking Morons

WACO Bikers Get TSA’ed

I’ve long suspected the reason why many white people get bent out of shape over the TSA airport security measures is that it’s one of the few times white people get treated like black and brown people–they are presumed to … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, The Rule of Law