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Security Culture Blow To Freedom Culture Began Before September 2001

This inversion in the political culture of the United States is happening at a time when the technology for the creation of a security state has been developed beyond our ancestors’ capacity for imagination. The FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act have resulted in the creation of a ubiquitous surveillance system far more powerful than what George Orwell anticipated in 1948. […]

Majority of Americans embrace the strongest Religious Freedom: Non-Affiliation

Bloggers like PatriotFreedom may insist that “America is a Religious Nation,” but the bare facts suggest otherwise. According to data collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, from 2000 to 2010 the number of congregants affiliated with American churches, mosques, synagogues and temples declined by 2,870,973. During the same period, the size […]

Theologian Decries Increasing Maine Religious Freedom as a Threat to Religious Freedom

Once every ten years, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies conducts a census, contacting the heads of all religious congregations in the United States and asking them to indicate how many people are members of their congregations. In any area, the number of non-affiliated people is simply the difference between the total of […]

What If I Don’t Desire Epictetus?

“Freedom is secured not by the fulfillment of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire.” – Epictetus

What’s the point of freedom, if you don’t want to do anything with it?

Huge Majority of U.S. House Votes to Criminalize Protest Against any Visiting World Leader

Is the Democratic Party the party of civil liberty?

Not anymore. Not if you judge by congressional Democrats’ action this past week in overwhelmingly passing H.R. 347, a bill that makes it a federal crime punishable by a year in jail to peacefully, non-violently protest “in the proximity” of a president, a vice president, a […]

Tea Party Caucus Supports the Detain-People-Without-Charges-Forever kind of Freedom

Tea Party Caucus members declare themselves to be Defenders of the Constitution. But when Americans’ 5th and 6th Amendment constitutional rights were on the line, how did the Tea Party Caucus actually vote? Read on to find out. […]

Bloomberg and NYPD shut down Free Press to shut down Assembly and Dissent in New York City

Journalist Ryan Devereaux of the radio news show Democracy Now! has been reporting on the forcible clearing and trashing of the occupation of Zuccotti Park early this morning in New York City. According to Devereaux, the NYPD not only has been denying Americans their right to assembly and protest, they’ve been quashing the freedoms of […]

If you’ve done nothing wrong, why aren’t you changing your clothes in public?

At Left is Not a Four Letter Word, Damen reacts against that old line, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide”:

This is a phrase that has irritated the holy shit out of me for a very, very long time. Any time privacy is brought up, there’s some idiot out there who’ll […]

FOX News: France is Brave and Right to Ban people from choosing their own clothes

And I remember when they used to mock France. This item comes from the network that holds a daily show called “Freedom Watch,” on April 13 2011:

France is brave and right to ban the burqa. There is no reason for a modern Western country to honor what is, essentially, a political statement and an […]

Roll Call Accountability Time: Tea Party Senators and the Patriot Act (Feb. 2011)

15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and […]

Barack Obama Failure to Appoint Civil Liberties Board Extends to 737 Days

It has been 737 days since Barack Obama took his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” as President. One of his duties, legally mandated by a law passed in the 110th Congress, is to appoint members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The board is […]