Dr. Roger Roots will Lecture on the Myths of Campaign Finance Law in Missoula on September 12

The Missoula Public Library will host a free lecture and clinic on September 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Speaking will be Dr. Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D. The title: “Every Claim Untrue: the False Narrative of Campaign Finance Reformers.” Dr. Roots will show that every material claim by people promoting campaign finance regulation is false. Roots […]

Analysts now wondering if U.S. government leaked the ‘Panamanian Papers’

Yesterday’s headlines blared with news about leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm which show major world government leaders have been laundering money in secret off-shore bank accounts. In some cases, billions of dollars appear to have been siphoned from impoverished taxpayers around the globe to enrich the secret (tax-free) bank accounts of government officials. […]

Union loudly pushes $15 minimum wage–then quietly seeks its own “exemption” from its impacts!

Socialists and trusters of central planning are notorious hypocrites. But here is a story about the AFL-CIO that “takes the cake.” The AFL-CIO loudly promotes raising minimum wages around the country. (Some 100 peer-reviewed economic studies have established that raising (or imposing) a minimum wage is linked with higher unemployment rates–especially for those at the […]

Federal Prosecutors Fail to Convict Ron Paul’s Two Top Campaign Officials

One of the most dangerous things one can do in any society is lead a movement that threatens the fundamental dominance of a king, a reigning politician, or prevailing government. During the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, the Ron Paul movement was just such a threat to the sitting establishment. Last year, the U.S. Justice […]

Wisconsin “Campaign Finance” Police Use Tactics Inspired by the USA Patriot Act

It is by far the greatest danger to First Amendment freedoms in American history: the modern “campaign finance reform” movement. Every claim used to promote government controls over political campaign ads is untrue. Here is a Reason.com article about Wisconsin political police–who raid people’s homes under cover of darkness and regularly tell those under investigation […]

Democrats push for higher taxes while Republicans do not appear to be pushing for lower taxes

The two major American “political parties” are largely two sides of the same coin: they both trust and support expansive and intrusive government. Polling has consistently shown that American voters–often by supermajorities–view their own taxes as too high. See here. The average American, when asked, states that the U.S. government wastes 51 cents of every […]

ACLU’s Ira Glasser: attempts to overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment are “willfully, intellectually dishonest.”

Ira Glasser, long one of the ACLU’s most important legal advisers and litigators, spoke at an event put on by the Center for Competitive Politics entitled “Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years – Should Liberals Support Citizens United?” The video is here. Glasser excoriated those on “the left” for calling for a constitutional amendment […]

Martin Gilens’ Affluence & Influence (2012): A Review

by Dr. Roger I. Roots There is a book (and several studies) by Princeton Sociologist Martin Gilens making the rounds among “campaign finance reformers” of late. Gilens purports to have analyzed extensive data regarding the political preferences of the affluent, the middle class, and the poor, and to have distinguished between the three. The book […]