US Falls to 46th in the World for Freedom of the Press

Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders produces a list of which countries in the world they think enjoy the most and least freedom of the press. Given the fact that the US has enshrined freedom of the press in the First Amendment, it would make sense if we were near the top every year. But we’ve been sliding down the list precipitously. This year, we slid down twelve places to 46th, mostly because of the pending investigations that have hounded whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. Read more […]

Why Nitwits Defy Authority While You Obey The Speed Limit

Andrew Bacevich has an interesting editorial, “Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.” I find Bacevich too much of a statist though I often thinks he shows wisdom when probing US foreign policy. Others may disagree with his analysis of US power. But on the day that Bradley Manning has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, it is interesting to consider his personal character along with that of Snowden and others. Even Conservatives who think Manning was Read more […]