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Comment It's called "Public Choice" (Score 2) 283

Wolf thinks he's accomplishing pandering to the conservative majority of his district, and he's absolutely right. Remember, politicians and bureacrats most often make decisions that serve their own interests, not the interests of those they ostensibly represent or the public at large. There's a whole school of economic thought called "public choice" that studies this phenomenon.

Comment Re:Nothing left to do (Score 3, Interesting) 527

Yes, the U.S. has the equivalent to parliamentary privilege, and it's been used in living memory rather famously. During the Vietnam War era, Mike Gravel, a Senator from Alaska, included the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, meaning they were then publicly available. He was protected by Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution, which among other things says about members of Congress that "for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place." ("Speech" includes inclusions into the Congressional Record.)

Comment Re:SHTF (Score 1) 532

That's because far too many Americans are still too busy crowing about how they live in the number one country in the world to realize that they aren't anywhere near as free as they ought to be and that overall the dial is moving in the wrong direction. You can't fix a problem you won't acknowledge.

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