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  • July 30, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    It’s difficult for a libertarian to oppose legalized casino gambling, (and I don’t,) but my heart is not in defending it. People have a right to get drunk and flush their money down the toilet; but public support for turning what was once publicly owned woodland in Middleborough, Mass. into a giant hotel and casino is a depressing reminder of what we value – tawdriness, and mindless stimulation over repose, not to mention illusions of easy money.

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  • July 30, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate
    For critics of higher education, few campus controversies have been as illuminating as the ongoing saga of Professor Ward Churchill. His case has uniquely intertwined all of the higher education issues du jour – Academic freedom, plagiarism, affirmative action, liberal bias, degraded campus culture – into one messy cloud of controversy that just will not go away.

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  • July 29, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    If money isn’t speech, as advocates of campaign finance restrictions wishfully insist, then why does your local NPR station persist in conducting those annoying pledge drives? If money isn’t speech, why does Rupert Murdoch want to own the Wall Street Journal? Why do unprofitable political publications require financial angels to survive? Of course, money is speech, in effect, as Harvey observes below, (and as crtitics of campaign finance restrictions regularly point out; we have been having this argument for years.

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  • July 25, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    There was a show-tune ditty that was popular back when I was a kid, which younger readers might also identify as the theme song to Married With Children. “Love and marriage,” went the lyric, “go together like a horse and carriage. This, I tell you, brother: You can’t have one without the other.” In quite the same way, in the context of electoral politics, you can’t have speech without money.

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  • July 18, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Prostitution is a crime for women but a “personal matter” for men. That’s the lesson of the latest Washington sex scandal involving ultra conservative Louisiana Senator David Vitter and alleged D.C. madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Palfrey, charged with running a prostitution ring, faces federal racketeering charges. Vitter, exposed as one of Palfrey’s clients, enjoys the support of his right wing Republican Senate colleagues, who have accepted his apology for committing a “serious sin,” which they characterize as personal

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  • July 10, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate
    “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Attributed to Freud, this insight reaches beyond psychoanalysis. It is equally applicable to the industry of self-proclaimed “terrorism experts” who have sprung up in our terrorism-obsessed times. These “experts” often sell their services to convince government officials, and sometimes criminal trial juries, that common everyday blather might be – and likely is – disguised plotting against the public safety.

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  • July 06, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    Only two words are necessary to say all that needs to be said about the rapidly expanding scandal over the dangerous food, toiletries, and manufactured goods arriving on our shores and shelves from The Peoples Republic of China: Silent Spring. That, of course, is the title of Rachel Carson’s 1962 classic book that launched the environmental movement by exposing the deleterious consequences of the over-use of the pesticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT).

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  • July 03, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    The unwarranted uproar among the punditocracy over President Bush’s commutation of part of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence is indicative of the sorry state of this nation’s public political discourse. The left is agitated because Bush spared Vice President Cheney’s right-hand man a humiliating prison sentence for lying in an investigation about his knowledge of the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity.

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