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When Non-Violence Isn’t Enough at Reason

Today at Reason, I have a longer write-up summarizing some of the main moves I make in When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice. Read it here. If you see, e.g., cops using excessive force, or arresting someone for something that shouldn’t be a crime, may you resist? I argue yes–you may treat them the way you would treat private civilians doing the same thing. Of course, that’s dangerous: Shooting the cops in this case is dangerous—they may send a SWAT team to...

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When Non-Violence Isn’t Enough at Reason

Today at Reason, I have a longer write-up summarizing some of the main moves I make in When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice. Read it here. If you see, e.g., cops using excessive force, or arresting someone for something that shouldn’t be a crime, may you resist? I argue yes–you may treat them the way you would treat private civilians doing the same thing. Of course, that’s dangerous: Shooting the cops in this case is dangerous—they may send a SWAT team to...

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Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump’s Account For 11 Minutes & The Media Loses Its Mind

Update: Twitter has finally responded - blaming "human error"... Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again. — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017 *  *  * Did President Donald Trump just expertly troll every member of the #resistance? The President's...

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It’s Not a Thought Experiment Anymore

Rights Theory, Toleration (co-authored with Steve Horwitz) We all know the thought experiment. There are a million versions of it. What do you do if the Nazis show up? Do you hide your Jewish neighbors in your attic? Do you protest in the streets? Do you throw stones at the Nazis’ parades? Do you shoot them on sight? What are your ethical limits? What are the limits of a civil society? Is it okay to punch...

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The Fall-Out Objection: Self-Defense vs. War

(Please excuse typos. I’ve got to write this quickly.) We don’t know all the facts yet. But it appears that during the Dallas protests, some attackers killed a number of police officers who were keeping order at the protest. I’m on record, in print, arguing that killing cops in self-defense or defense of others is permissible.  What should I say about this case? This doesn’t appear to be an act of self-defense or defense of others in the narrow sense. As far as we know, these...

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Time to Trade in Your Jag, Benz, BMW for a Dented Econobox: Days of Rage Are Coming

It’s time to trade in your Jag, Mercedes, BMW (and maybe your Prius, Volvo, Lexus, etc.) before the Days of Rage start. As I’ve explained before ( As the “Prosperity” Tide Recedes, the Ugly Reality of Wealth Inequality Is Exposed), the rage of the masses who have been losing ground while the Financier Oligarchs, the New Nobility and the technocrat class reap immense gains for decades has been suppressed by the dream that they too could join the Upper Caste. But once...

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