Sanctuary Cities

Rochester, NY (where I live) is a Sanctuary city. The libertarian in me loves that sanctuary cities like Rochester are willing to defy the federal government for an unjust law. An updated Sanctuary City resolution passed on February 9th, 2017 created more concrete restrictions on using city resources to enforce immigration law: the resolution limits collection of immigration-related information, seeks to ensure “nondiscriminatory access” to benefits and services, and prohibits city participation in any program that requires or creates a registry based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation….

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Libertarians and Martin Luther King Jr.

Where do libertarians stand on the Martin Luther King’s policy legacy? Every year, I make it a Martin Luther King Jr. day tradition to reread his letter from Birmingham Jail. It’s a brilliant essay that makes the case for the rule of law, justified civil disobedience, and the necessity of demanding immediate rectification for legal inequality. If you haven’t read it in a while, read it here and come back. For this article, I’m only going to get into civil rights policy legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for. There’s a lot…

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Don’t Trust Polls

Why do we still use polls for debates anyway? You’re probably already well aware that Rand Paul will not be in the included in the main stage debate tonight on Fox Business network. Whether you’re a libertarian greeting the news with disappointment or schadenfreude, a discussion on whether polls are appropriate measurements of debate inclusion. Fox excluding Rand Paul from the main stage debate is big deal. Not only does it cost the campaign millions of dollars in exposure, being relegated to the the under card debate this late in primary…

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Does forcing the homeless into shelters help them?

Helping the Homeless

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new homeless policy may hurt the people it’s trying to protect Last week, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a new Executive Order saying that local police, state services, and social services in New York State must force homeless people into shelters when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Setting aside the legality of the mandate, I’m sure Governor Cuomo is sincerely trying to protect people from freezing to death this winter. But just because the government has good intentions, doesn’t mean we’ll get good results. First, there’s the logistical burden this…

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