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Taylor Swift: Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting Champion

We take no position in the ongoing Taylor Swift versus Kanye West divide.  But as perhaps surprisingly featured in a Wall Street Journal opinion this week, we do applaud her strong stance in defense of intellectual property (IP) and against the scourge of counterfeiting:

Pop star Taylor Swift has been feuding in recent days with rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.  The details of the drama are lurid and complicated, but young aficionados of Snapchat and Instagram have been following it all intently.  If only the same were true for other Taylor Swift feuds that have received less attention.  Namely, those the 26-year-old songstress has fought in defense of a principle often scorned by fellow celebrities and the social-media generation generally:  the value of intellectual…[more]

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31 Congress’s Role in Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has been a vocal opponent of H.R. 4900, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA. Our opposition to the legislation, which is broadly shared by state governors, Members of Congress, policy experts and other prominent conservative organizations, is not arbitrary.  It has…

32 New Ad Features Puerto Rican Bondholder Calling on Congress to Protect Her Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) released its latest television ad in its campaign to educate Americans about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and Congress’s maneuvers to provide the Commonwealth a bailout at the expense of American savers (including many in Puerto Rico) and retirement investors. &ldquo…

33 Bill Clinton Versus "Black Lives Matter"

Among the most grating myths in contemporary discourse is the persistent claim that Republicans and conservatives have drifted further and further toward extremist depths in recent years.  The reality is today's conservatives advocate policies that wouldn't have seemed foreign to Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater.  In contrast, Democrats…

34 New CFIF Ad Exposes Revised PROMESA Legislation for What It Remains: A “Super Chapter 9” Bailout for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a new television ad about the “Super Chapter 9” bailout legislation for Puerto Rico (H.R. 4900) that was formally introduced yesterday by Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and is currently under consideration by the Committee on Natural Resources…

35 Run Against Obama

When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats run against the Republicans. When a Democrat has been in office for eight years, as Barack Obama will soon have been, Republicans run against Republicans. This is a year in which the multiple failures of the Obama years should be irresistible for Republican…

36 Harvard Law Journal Study: Fewer Guns Don't Mean Less Crime

When itemizing Second Amendment intellectual redoubts, Harvard Law School rarely comes to mind.  Across America, record numbers of everyday Americans possess firearms, a record number of states have relaxed their firearm restrictions and public support of the individual right to keep and bear arms remains at historical highs.  Insulated…

37 Requiem for a VA Victim

What does a suffering military veteran have to do to force an unresponsive government to change its ways? How about self-immolating in front of his VA clinic? Hello, paper-pushers and desk jockeys? Are you there? Would the heat, the smoke and the smell of burning flesh rouse you in the least? Nope. Apparently, even this horror is not enough to move…

38 CFIF Launches National Media Campaign to Oppose House "Super Chapter 9" Bankruptcy Legislation for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a national media campaign in opposition to the "Super Chapter 9" bankruptcy legislation for Puerto Rico, which was recently released by the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. "We are deeply concerned about this draft legislation…

39 Sanders Is Getting Away With Murder

I've resisted coming down too hard on the honorable Bernard Sanders of Vermont. He and I grew up in the same era, doubtless mouthing the same songs, watching on the same evenings Richard Boone and Steve McQueen clean up the Old West. By comparison with two Republican presidential candidates I decline to name, Bernie is Mr. Congeniality —…

40 Supreme Hypocrisy

If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats…

41 Post-Jihad Gesture Theater: Je Suis Sick of It

While homicidal, suicidal and genocidal jihadists are busy plotting the next soft-target terror attacks on the West, docile Westerners are busy shedding cartoon tears and doodling broken hearts on social media. European artists rushed to fill Twitter and Instagram with images of Belgian comic book character Tintin weeping after vengeful Muslim terrorists…

42 Black and White, Left and Right

Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not. You can cherry-pick the evidence to reach that conclusion. But you can also cherry-pick the evidence to reach the opposite conclusion…

43 Sanders, Clinton Supporters Can't Condescend to Trump Supporters

Regardless of whether one supports Donald Trump, opposes him, adores him, detests him or is indifferent to him, at least one thing is clear.  Trump and his supporters are endlessly slurred as sans-culottes, crude commoners worthy only of smug condescension, both intellectual and moral.  That smugness is particularly concentrated among Bernie…

44 Hillary Clinton's War on Whites

Hillary Clinton is sweeping the Democratic primaries across the South by capturing nearly all the black votes — a staggering 86 percent in South Carolina. She's doing it with poisonous lies designed to stoke racial resentment. Clinton routinely tells blacks they are the victims of "systemic racism" and scolds whites for not demonstrating…

45 Starving on the Prosciutto-and-Brie Poverty Diet

Heed the cry of an entitled young American hipster: Woe is me, me, me, me, me! Talia Jane, a 25-year-old melodramatic millennial, made social media waves last week with her "open letter" to the CEO of crowd-sourced review website Yelp. The indigent English major in smart glasses lamented her deplorable plight toiling in the company's San…

46 Paranoid Politics

Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity — or lack of validity — of the arguments these candidates are using. It is as if what matters this election year is the fate of a relative handful of people — currently…

47 The Lure of Socialism

Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches. Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. Venezuela, with all its rich oil resources, is currently on the verge…

48 Intellectual Property: As Global Economy Deteriorates, US Remains Atop International IP Index

We're still number one.  In the realm of intellectual property (IP) protection, that is.  That feels refreshing to say, especially given America's steady and tragically unnecessary decline in other measures of global leadership and prestige in recent years.  Moreover, as the global economy approaches what increasingly appears to be…

49 Sanders the Phony VA Reformer

The New Hampshire primary has put the spotlight on Bernie Sanders. But not all his votes were honestly won. Sanders falsely claims he's been leading the fight to save vets from the corruption and deadly medical care delays at the VA — a message aimed at the Granite State's large vet population. The truth is, as chairman of the Senate Veterans…

50 Toxic Words

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage…

51 Obama's Mosque Speech Was a Dangerous Fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president…

52 Senator Cotton Rightly Defends Mandatory Minimum Sentences

At conservatism's core lies a reverence for wisdom accumulated through hard human experience.  Its central logic pleads that we build incrementally upon proven policies and safeguard timeless principles, rather than dismantle them as unfashionable anachronisms under the illusion that human nature somehow changes or that things are "different…

53 The Demand for Villains

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood.  The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and…

54 Mayor de Blasio: Hypocrite Hooked on Hollywood Cash

Because the crime rate is zero, the potholes are all fixed and homelessness has been completely eradicated, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio now has time to focus on what really matters to Big Apple taxpayers: Racial quotas in Hollywood. Social justice warrior de Blasio took to Twitter last week to lambaste the 2016 Academy Awards nominations,…

55 Yes, Partisanship Can Be Frustrating, but It's Better Than the Alternative

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency — that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better," President Barack Obama lamented in a State of the Union speech packed with rancor and suspicion about his political opposition. What the president probably meant — as most of…

56 Obama's Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust

If Barack Obama refuses to follow the rule of law, how can he expect others to do so?  That's a disturbing but perfectly legitimate question to raise as each day witnesses another scheme by the Obama Administration to circumvent established laws and constitutional mandates, and as an increasing sense of lawless chaos prevails both domestically…

57 What '13 Hours' Teaches

A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for president debuts this week. Will "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton's home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful. The film is somewhat oblique. Hillary Clinton's name is not mentioned…

58 Obama's Legacy Is Executive Abuse

Over the winter break, I finally got around to binge-watching "Parks and Recreation." In case you missed the show's seven-year run, it's about a fascistic small-town councilwoman who believes it's a politician's job to impose her notions of morality, safety and decency on everyone, no matter what voters want or what the system dictates. She…

59 The Danger of a 'Right' to Live on the Streets

Across the United States, temperatures are plunging, making it deadly for the homeless who refuse to go into shelters. Each year, hundreds of these vagrants die from exposure on the streets. Yet blinded by progressive ideology, so-called "advocates" for the homeless — including the Obama administration — are defending…

60 Showman-in-Chief

Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump's political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make a more general case for tighter gun control laws. It was beautifully choreographed, like a great…

 
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