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Civil Liberties

Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

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Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

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The American Dream: Duty, honor and a pledge

This column originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.   There are three actions called for in the Declaration of Independence that assure that individual liberty will be preserved: » We, the People form the government to serve us, not vice versa. » We, the People elect officials to public office

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Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot: Life, Liberty and Property!

Attorney Robert Thomas of the Pacific Legal Foundation and Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property. Thomas holds the classical view that property rights are at the heart of all rights. In a conversation ranging from the

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Dignity Denied

by Cody Hensarling “Is it too much to ask to have a little dignity when we are traveling?” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

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Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Dies

Remembering kama’aina John Goemans John Goemans, a revolutionary attorney well known for his initiation of the Rice v. Cayetano case, passed away on Monday, June 15th in a California hospice. He had spent the past few years in California with his sister. Mr. Goemans was passionately involved in various civil

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The power of eminent domain to redistribute land ownership

By J. Arthur Rath The recent news has been filled with the term “redistribution of wealth,” but in Hawaii and elsewhere the power of the state to confiscate private property under the guise of economic development has never been more popular. The recent U.S. Supreme Court case Kelo v. City

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Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

Read More →

Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

Read More →

The American Dream: Duty, honor and a pledge

This column originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.   There are three actions called for in the Declaration of Independence that assure that individual liberty will be preserved: » We, the People form the government to serve us, not vice versa. » We, the People elect officials to public office

Read More →

Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot: Life, Liberty and Property!

Attorney Robert Thomas of the Pacific Legal Foundation and Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property. Thomas holds the classical view that property rights are at the heart of all rights. In a conversation ranging from the

Read More →

Dignity Denied

by Cody Hensarling “Is it too much to ask to have a little dignity when we are traveling?” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Read More →

Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Dies

Remembering kama’aina John Goemans John Goemans, a revolutionary attorney well known for his initiation of the Rice v. Cayetano case, passed away on Monday, June 15th in a California hospice. He had spent the past few years in California with his sister. Mr. Goemans was passionately involved in various civil

Read More →

The power of eminent domain to redistribute land ownership

By J. Arthur Rath The recent news has been filled with the term “redistribution of wealth,” but in Hawaii and elsewhere the power of the state to confiscate private property under the guise of economic development has never been more popular. The recent U.S. Supreme Court case Kelo v. City

Read More →