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Alexander R. Cohen

A Few Rights a Constitution Should Protect

A Few Rights a Constitution Should Protect

By Alexander R. Cohen
Categories: Politics

Today is Constitution Day, and while the Constitution we inherit from America’s Founders is easy to praise, it doesn’t take much looking to find things the government it authorizes is doing wrong. So let’s take a moment to ask ourselves what a better constitution would do.

Here are a few thoughts:

A Veto Threat against the Rule of Law

A Veto Threat against the Rule of Law

By Alexander R. Cohen

Why would a president threaten to veto a bill that only does what he wants to do anyway?

Are Big or Small Businesses Better for America? Don't Ask

Are Big or Small Businesses Better for America? Don't Ask

By Alexander R. Cohen

Nicole Ciandella over at the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenges President Obama and his Republican opponent's shared preference for discussing small businesses rather than big ones. It's the big businesses, she says, and the businesses that become big, that create new opportunities for workers and consumers. So they deserve more "love" from politicians.

Are Young Americans for Freedom? Survey Doesn't Say Enough

Are Young Americans for Freedom? Survey Doesn't Say Enough

By Alexander R. Cohen

Young America’s Foundation, the parent organization of Young Americans for Freedom, has released a new survey of young Americans. Apparently they’re for freedom.

Defining Capitalism

Defining Capitalism

By Alexander R. Cohen

Merriam-Webster has announced that "capitalism" and "socialism" were the most looked-up words of 2012.

How Not to Secure the Internet after Heartbleed: Regulation

How Not to Secure the Internet after Heartbleed: Regulation

By Alexander R. Cohen

Does the Internet security disaster known as “Heartbleed” mean we need regulation of Internet security software, so that our passwords won’t be leaked and our personal information compromised?

Is Ayn Rand Scary?

Is Ayn Rand Scary?

By Alexander R. Cohen

Are you scared of Ayn Rand? Do you think she wants us to suck the life out of other people, like vampires, for our own self-interest? Are you afraid that in the world as she wanted it to be, most of us would be slaves to monstrous lords of wealth?

Is Every Businessman Qualified to Lead a Government?

Is Every Businessman Qualified to Lead a Government?

By Alexander R. Cohen

It is sometimes suggested that success in business is an exceptionally good qualification for public office. By that standard, Michael R. Bloomberg would be one of the most qualified public officials in the country: Before becoming mayor of New York City, he built a highly successful enterprise—and its field was financial news, thus tying him to two of New York’s most important industries, finance and media.

Is Taxation Slavery? Reflections on Passover and Tax Time

Is Taxation Slavery? Reflections on Passover and Tax Time

By Alexander R. Cohen

Today, I sent in my taxes. Tonight, I’ll eat the bread of affliction.

The combination got me thinking.

Passover—the only Jewish holiday I’ve honored throughout my decades as an atheist—celebrates the mythic liberation of my ancestors from slavery. More than that, it asks each participant to imagine himself as a liberated slave.

Maryland Proposal Warns: Political Favors Are a House of Cards

Maryland Proposal Warns: Political Favors Are a House of Cards

By Alexander R. Cohen

The producers of House of Cards are learning what a house of cards they’ve built for themselves.