The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Court's Voting Rights Act decision

The Supreme Court made a sensible decision regarding the Voting Rights Act. A formula that counted New York City as a discriminatory area — a city that had had an African-American Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell, as early as 1945 — was certainly a crazy formula. And the Court did not invalidate the goal of the VRA, only the formula it used to determine discrimination, and that because it was based on practices that were on the books nearly half a century ago!

Chief Justice Roberts has said that tomorrow will be the last day of the term, so the two big gay marriage cases will be covered in tomorrow's rulings. I expect to have a post tomorrow on those.

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