David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:15:23 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/david-harsanyi-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi 64677c44cbf3fb19e55bf6da6e9412a0 Social Media Giants Shouldn't Be Arbiters of Appropriate Speech for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/social-media-giants-shouldnt-be-arbiters-of-appropriate-speech Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of course, Facebook, YouTube and other media are free to ban conspiracy-mongers such as Alex Jones from their platforms. They have a right to dictate the contours of permissible speech on their sites and to enforce those standards dutifully or hypocritically or ideologically, using any method they see fit. No one seriously disputes this.</p> <p>Twitter also has a right, as a private entity, to take a stand and, as the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey. explains it, dispassionately allow free exchanges of ideas &#8212; even the ugly ones Jones' Infowars offers &#8212; as long as users don't break the company's rules. Yet here we are, watching a number of journalists &#8212; supposed sentinels of free expression &#8212; demanding that billionaire CEOs start policing speech that makes them uncomfortable.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> bb79a3de716ddef89bdd007a9fa3956a The Scaremongering Over 3D Guns Has Little to Do With Reality for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/18/the-scaremongering-over-3d-guns-has-little-to-do-with-reality Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The newest bugaboo of the gun control crowd is the bloodcurdling "3D printer gun" &#8212; or, as anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano called it, "downloadable death." Reporters at CNN now ask, "3D guns: Untraceable, undetectable and unstoppable?" Even President Donald Trump tweeted that he's "looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense!"</p> <p>It makes plenty of sense.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> b3cb7cef4ae4d2f361ea39964c2baf82 Sorry If You're Offended, but Socialism Leads to Misery and Destitution for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/sorry-if-youre-offended-but-socialism-leads-to-misery-and-destitution Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the same day that Venezuela's "democratically" elected socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, whose once-wealthy nation now has citizens foraging for food, announced he was lopping five zeros off the country's currency to create a "stable financial and monetary system," Meghan McCain of "The View" was the target of internet-wide condemnation for having stated some obvious truths about collectivism.</p> <p>During the same week we learned that the democratic socialist president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is accused of massacring hundreds of protesters whose economic futures have been decimated by his economic policies, Soledad O'Brien and writers at outlets ranging from GQ, to BuzzFeed, to the Daily Beast were telling McCain to cool her jets.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> c8c8e6bafd8451fc1f88b7b3121e9dfa Get a Grip, Democrats for 07/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/get-a-grip-democrats Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined "It's not wrong to compare Trump's America to the Holocaust." As with similar examples of this genre, it's a sickening display of moral relativism that belittles the suffering and murder of millions in the service of some shortsighted and crass partisan fearmongering.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Politico published an opinion piece headlined "Putin's Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor," which demeaned the sacrifice of American service members by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to phishing.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> 3f62ce5c450626d18337373e5bf5aed1 Democrats Don't Fear Brett Kavanaugh; They Fear the Constitution for 07/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/democrats-dont-fear-brett-kavanaugh-they-fear-the-constitution Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sure, some of the anger aimed at Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is partisan bluster meant to placate the activist base. Still, most Democrats were going to get hysterical about any pick, because any conservative pick was going to take the Constitution far too literally for their liking. For those who rely on the administrative state and coercion as a policy tool &#8212; forcing people to join political organizations, forcing them to support abortion, forcing them to subsidize socially progressive sacraments, forcing them to create products that undermine their faith, and so on &#8212; that's a big problem.</p> <p>Some, such as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, indulged in the histrionic rhetoric we've come to expect in the Trump era, claiming that Kavanaugh would "threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come." But almost none of the objections coming from leading Democrats have been even ostensibly about Kavanaugh's qualifications as a jurist or, for that matter, his interpretation of the Constitution.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 13, 2018</p> b63976503fa201cf32eca6467e58f3b2 The System Doesn't Need to Be 'Fixed' Every Time Dems Lose for 07/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/18/the-system-doesnt-need-to-be-fixed-every-time-dems-lose Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're under the impression that the system exists merely to facilitate your partisan agenda, it's not surprising that you also believe it's broken every time things don't go your way. This is why so many Democrats argue that we should "fix" the Electoral College when they lose a presidential election and "fix" the filibuster when they run the Senate and now "fix" the Supreme Court when they don't run the Senate.</p> <p>During the Obama presidency, liberal pundits groused about the supposed crisis posed by a "dysfunctional" Congress. In political media parlance, "dysfunction" can be roughly translated into "Democrats aren't able to do as they'd like." Congress, as you know, was only broken when President Obama wasn't getting his agenda passed, not when his party was imposing a wholly partisan, unprecedented health care regime on all Americans.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 06, 2018</p> ec7be8dcbd88636855ec30123c15948b Do You Really Want America to Look Like Twitter? for 06/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/do-you-really-want-america-to-look-like-twitter Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It looks as if the next phase of our ginned-up national moral panic will feature the public shunning and harassment of people we disagree with. And in a free country, even the pretend oppressed can kick imaginary Nazis out of their establishments, as we saw when the co-owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, booted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from her restaurant.</p> <p>Certainly, politicos don't deserve safe spaces from peaceful protest or confrontation. You want to make their lives miserable, humiliate them and show everyone how principled and right-thinking you are? By all means, stop them from having those chimichangas. That'll teach 'em.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 29, 2018</p> 90ef6aa649769e8b69a4c9c902c5560f Democrats Have Zero Tolerance for Solutions to Illegal Immigration for 06/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/democrats-have-zero-tolerance-for-solutions-to-illegal-immigration Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As soon as the Trump administration adopted a "zero-tolerance" policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute all immigrants who crossed the border illegally, it became clear that officials weren't prepared to deal with the crush of kids who would find themselves under their supervision. Nor were they able to implement the policy in a humane way.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Family separation is callous and ineffective, but its existence doesn't excuse the ginned-up moral panic, the pious grandstanding or the historically illiterate associations to Nazi death camps unleashed by its critics.</span> Nor does it excuse the fact that Democrats have shown zero interest in dealing with the undermining problems that propel these situations.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 22, 2018</p> 153e3355daf18ec5be4e66fb716becae Free Trade Already Puts America First for 06/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/free-trade-already-puts-america-first Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>These days, I'm often accused of being a globalist. The word is a pejorative meant to insinuate that I am more concerned about international corporations than I am about my fellow American citizens.</p> <p>Now, admittedly, I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. It's mostly because I love America. "Hey, those Chinese communists are killing us with high tariffs, so maybe we should do the same thing to our own citizens" sounds like a counterproductive idea wrapped in a false choice to me. Harming hundreds of millions of consumers to try to save a handful of unproductive jobs, no matter how good it feels, doesn't put America first.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> a15164c3154ef12f4cc88be5145750b2 You Don't Get To Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Donald Trump for 06/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/18/you-dont-get-to-rewrite-the-constitution-because-you-dislike-donald-trump Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I'm with you. If you're arguing that Trump's rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can't disagree. I'm often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his presidency. And, yes, Trump has an unhealthy tendency to push theories that exaggerate and embellish small truths to galvanize his fans for political gain. Those are all legitimate political concerns.</p> <p>Yet the ubiquitous claim that Trump acts in a way that uniquely undermines the rule of law is, to this point, simply untrue.</p> <p>At National Review, Victor Davis Hanson has it right when he argues that "elites" often seem more concerned about the "mellifluous" tone of leaders rather than their abuse of power. "Obama defies the Constitution but sounds 'presidential,'" he writes. "Trump follows it but sounds like a loudmouth from Queens."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> ae12c6120d79bf0b9da804b3782bb467 Why Aren't Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It's What They Want for 06/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/why-arent-liberals-celebrating-higher-gas-prices-its-what-they-want Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy. "These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices," declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, "something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people."</p> <p>If this is true, then why have Democrats spent the past two decades advocating for policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices? If higher energy costs hurt Americans &#8212; and thank you, senator, for conceding this point &#8212; why have liberals favored increasing gas taxes, inhibiting exploration for fossil fuels (including a ban on fracking for less environmentally damaging gas in a number of places) and capping imports? <span class="column--highlighted-text">If higher gas prices disproportionately impact the working class and poor, then why do Democrats push for national schemes designed to create false demand through a fabricated marketplace?</span><p>Updated: Fri Jun 01, 2018</p> e740f97a076a3b67b998ec9b15174906 Did the Obama Administration Spy on Trump Using Flimsy Evidence? Let's Find Out for 05/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/did-the-obama-administration-spy-on-trump-using-flimsy-evidence-lets-find-out Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we've been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald Trump's antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspector general will assess whether political motivation tainted an investigation into the president's campaign? The American people should get a full accounting of what transpired during 2016. Isn't that what we've been hearing since the election?</p> <p>You believe President Trump is corrupt. We get it. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">surely anyone who alleges to be concerned about the sanctity of our institutions and rule of law would have some cursory curiosity about whether an investigation by the administration of one major party into the presidential campaign of another major party was grounded in direct evidence rather than fabulist rumormongering</span>. Otherwise any administration, including Trump's, could initiate an investigation for whatever cooked-up superficial reason it wants. Then, when a constitutionally empowered oversight committee demands information about that investigation, the DOJ could accuse it of "extortion" and stonewall for years.<p>Updated: Fri May 25, 2018</p> 28e93ae5e064f2ca8d2e4eb52a703c0f Media Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Clash Is Built on a Myth for 05/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/media-coverage-of-the-israeli-palestinian-clash-is-built-on-a-myth Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No matter how often Hamas tells us that rioters on the Israel-Gaza border are armed, the media keeps referring to them as "protesters" and "demonstrators." No matter how often Hamas concedes that those rioters are part of a broader "war," the media simply won't report it as such. And even though rioters assure reporters they have a desire to kill and burn Jews, left-wing journalists and pundits continue to frame Israel as the aggressor.</p> <p>This week, a senior Hamas official bragged that 50 of the nearly 60 people killed by the Israeli Defense Forces at the Israel-Gaza border were members of Hamas. Israel has identified around 24 of those killed during the riots as Hamas members &#8212; 10 of them reportedly members of the internal security apparatus. All of this is an amazing coincidence considering how the clashes have been portraying as a massacre of innocent civilians and children.<p>Updated: Fri May 18, 2018</p> 0b0a250a428ced7d5fbe2401e62e0864 The Obama Legacy Deserves to Be Destroyed for 05/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/the-obama-legacy-deserves-to-be-destroyed Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's strange that a president who had such a transformative effect on our national discourse will leave such a negligible policy legacy. But Barack Obama, whose imperial term changed the way Americans interact and in some ways paved the way for the Trump presidency, is now watching his much-celebrated and mythologized two-term legacy be systematically demolished. This, in many ways, tells us that American governance still works.</p> <p>When President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, he was able to do so without much difficulty because the agreement hinged on presidential fiat rather than national consensus. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Obama's appeasement of Iran was only one in a string of unilateral norm-busting projects that deserve to be dismantled.</span><p>Updated: Fri May 11, 2018</p> d7e2b2b19d38111d1b001dfea1488955 The FBI Shouldn't Be Above The Law Either for 05/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/18/the-fbi-shouldnt-be-above-the-law-either Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>These days, a number of people seem to be under the impression that investigating President Donald Trump is the most vital project undertaken by this nation since its founding. Perhaps. But their feelings shouldn't override the Constitution, because for all the principles allegedly being whittled away by this administration, its antagonists seem to be doing everything they can to keep pace.</p> <p>For instance, while it might come as a surprise to many, the Justice Department is not an "independent" entity. Presumably, those who work for the DOJ have fealty to law and justice first, yes. But they are ultimately subordinates of the president of the United States, who was elected legally and has powers identical to those of former Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush.<p>Updated: Fri May 04, 2018</p> 289aa1e3f9896bd8528369eda7c95588 Democrats' Universal Job Plan Would Be a Socialist Disaster for 04/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/18/democrats-universal-job-plan-would-be-a-socialist-disaster Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to announce a plan that guarantees every American "who wants or needs one" a lifetime government job paying at least $15 an hour, with health insurance and other perks. This new progressive workforce will then, according to the Washington Post, build glorious "projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals."</p> <p>It would be one thing if the nation's leading socialist &#8212; and perhaps the most popular Democrat in the country &#8212; were the only one interested in creating a state-run workforce to "compete" with the private sector. A number of other allegedly moderate Democrats and prospective presidential candidates, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, favor a universal job guarantee as well. It's rapidly becoming a mainstream idea.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> b78801eb580c30d88e317d5fbc14ec3a Comey's Handling of Hillary Clinton Shows Us He's No Hero for 04/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/18/comeys-handling-of-hillary-clinton-shows-us-hes-no-hero Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After being pressed by former top Bill Clinton political aide George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, James Comey admitted that he had "screwed up a couple of things."</p> <p>The former FBI director wasn't talking about his failure to notify then-President elect Donald Trump that unsubstantiated rumors paid for by his political opposition were helping fuel the creation of a special counsel. No, Comey was admitting that he had made mistakes regarding the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton. And no, he wasn't begrudgingly apologizing for failing to recommend criminal charges against the candidate.</p> <p>It's an article of faith among Democrats and many Trump critics that the Comey letter, sent to Congress on Oct. 28, was reckless and unprofessional, and likely triggered the downfall of Clinton. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Blaming a letter rather than her supercilious nature, malleable positions or terrible campaign strategy continues to feed the perception that the election process was somehow compromised. There are many reasons this is wrong, and Comey, perhaps inadvertently, explains the most obvious.</span><p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 9452c5e5b96eaa3ff25f8bc22785126c The Zuckerberg Hearings Prove Government Shouldn't Regulate Facebook for 04/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/18/the-zuckerberg-hearings-prove-government-shouldnt-regulate-facebook Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the year 2018, at the height of The Russia Scare, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hauled in front of a tribunal of tech-illiterate politicians and asked to explain himself. "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry," Zuckerberg told senators who are upset about the company's exploitation (and fumbling) of user data &#8212; which, unbeknownst to them, was social media's entire business model.</p> <p>A number of panics have brought us to this preposterous place: the idea that Russian trolls on Facebook could swing the 2016 election and undermine our "democracy"; the idea that Facebook's leftward bias is so corrosive that we should regulate it like a utility; and, finally, the general way in which social media tends to reveal the ugly side of human nature &#8212; which is indeed scary but has little to do with any particular platform.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> c3133fcc456a82775afb2d8e949f51d4 Democrats Finally Find Some Media Bias They Dislike for 04/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/18/democrats-finally-find-some-media-bias-they-dislike Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last month, news anchors at Sinclair Broadcast Group's TV stations were required to read a script critical of "fake stories" and general bias in the major news networks. Because some of the phrasing mirrored President Donald Trump's overcooked critique of liberal media outlets, the story triggered widespread and overwrought warnings about authoritarianism and the rise of state-run media.</p> <p>It's true that Sinclair, the largest owner of U.S. TV stations, would have been better off following the lead of the big outlets: hiring and working with people who subscribe to the same worldview and then simply letting them do their thing. But as long as we have a media market and inhibit government meddling in speech &#8212; thank you, Citizens United and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai &#8212; the idea that we are powerless to turning away from "propaganda" is nothing but alarmism. Every Sinclair market has an alternative local news station for viewers, not to mention other sources of information consumers can read and listen to if they desire.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 2ad47cc75ea22eb5dbd3f08a4d8a451c You Can Try To Repeal The Second Amendment, But You Can't Repeal History for 03/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/18/you-can-try-to-repeal-the-second-amendment-but-you-cant-repeal-history Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that advocated a position most liberal pundits and activists have been incrementally working toward for a long time: repealing the Second Amendment. And while many liberal columnists argued that Stevens had only given fodder to gun advocates &#8212; because his position is unfeasible right now &#8212; not one whose piece I read argued that Stevens was wrong on the merits. Not one claimed that American citizens do, in fact, have an inherent individual right to protect themselves with firearms.</p> <p>Whether repeal of the Second Amendment is feasible or not, historical revisionism is meant to mangle its meaning into irrelevancy. Stevens claims that his conception of gun rights is "uniformly understood" yet offers no legal precedent to back up the contention. Stevens claims that the Second Amendment's explicit mention of the right of "the people" does not create an "individual right," despite the inconvenient fact that other times the term is mentioned, in the Fourth, Ninth and 10th Amendments, the amendments have been found to protect the individual rights of the people.</p> <p>Now, I'm not a legal scholar, but the idea, as the former justice argues, that the founders wanted no limits on the ability of federal (or even state) government to take weapons from law-abiding citizens conflicts with the historical record. Never once in the founding debate did a lawmaker rise to argue that gun ownership should be limited. Most state constitutions already featured language to protect that right. A number of states demanded that the national constitution include such a provision.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p>