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When public officials try to silence criticism

It is human nature. People don’t like to be criticized. However, those who hold public office must accept criticism as part of holding office. We have the right (and the duty) to hold our officials accountable for respecting our rights and spending our tax dollars wisely. Usually, the way public officials try to hide from accountability is to persuade the legislature to frame sunshine laws as...

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Does “slacktivism” work?

“Slacktivism” is better than nothing, but it’s not hard to do more. Brett Bittner at The Advocates, a libertarian site, wonders whether sharing, favoriting, retweeting, and pinning things on social media really accomplish anything. On reflection, he understands that when many people pin, like, or share social media posts, there is an impact; and there are busy times when that is all we can do....

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Did you get broken links?

We made some changes recently to our website that caused many links on our pages and blog posts to be broken. All links on the web pages have been fixed (we think!) and all links since 1/1/2015 have been fixed on the blog posts. We also are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again, by subscribing to a service to report broken links to us, and by inviting you to submit any you find by...

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Should we consider e-voting?

As we approach an election, we hear people asking why they can’t vote online using their personal computer or mobile devices, just as we do banking. People favoring e-voting argue that Internet voting offers greater speed and convenience, especially for overseas and military voters. However, computer and network experts point out that online voting is dangerous to the integrity of U.S....

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How Activists Create Change

How do activists create change? Last June, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University asked the question, “How does activism drive corporate change?” While their research focuses on activism’s impact on corporate management, most of their insights also apply to political activism. Sometimes the impact is direct: A shareholder group filed a resolution urging McDonald’s to replace...

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