The Public Policy

The Public Policy

Rise of the Surveillance State

By 6.7.13

While high-tech breakthroughs make business more productive and life more pleasant, progress also has a dark side. Technology designed for benign purposes can be used for ill ones too. The Clinton administration has led the way, acting as if every new computer and telephone should have a welcome mat for federal wiretappers. A 1998 American Civil Liberties Union report noted, “The Administration is using scare tactics to acquire vast new powers to spy on all Americans.”

On April 16, 1993, the White House revealed that the National Security Agency had secretly developed a new microchip known as the Clipper Chip. The press release called it “a new initiative that will bring the Federal Government together with industry in a voluntary program to improve the security and privacy of telephone communications while meeting the legitimate needs of law enforcement.” This was practically the last time that the word “voluntary” was mentioned.

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Abstract Immigrants

By 6.4.13

Admitting people with incompatible cultures is an irreversible decision with incalculable consequences.
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The Bullying Pulpit

By 5.28.13

Words like “gimmicks” and “loopholes” suggest people are doing something wrong when they don’t pay any more taxes than the law requires.
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Undoing the Brainwashing

By 5.22.13

The young are the future, and the propaganda of today can become the government policies of tomorrow.
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After Obamacare

By 5.16.13

The health law is doomed to fail. Here are alternatives others are talking about.
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