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Mixed Feelings

Posted by Janus on Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Civil Rights

We tend to do this a lot in life. We start wandering down a dark path, lose sight of where we’re going, and then fail to see the forest from the trees. We, as a society, have to strive to make life better for ourselves. The whole point of controlling the border is to make life better. In the end, this law is all about looking for foreigners. Ultimately, we’re all immigrants, making us all potentially illegals. Does treating every person in the state like a potential criminal make life better?

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Reverse Racism Is Still Racism

Posted by Janus on Thursday, June 4, 2009 in Civil Rights

I realize that to some people this may sound like the whining of a privileged white male bemoaning social justice, but there’s no justice here. Minorities deserve special treatment, the apologists claim, because the prosperity of whites was built upon the enslavement of others and therefore reverse racism is merely the leveling of the playing field. On this, I call bullshit. It’s absolutely absurd. The insanity of such a statement is so enormous that I have trouble articulating how ridiculous it is because of the sheer volume of reasons that instantly leap to mind and struggle to come rushing forth all at once.

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Ask Janus: What Are Regulatory Takings

Posted by Janus on Thursday, April 9, 2009 in Civil Rights

Regulatory takings are things which the government doesn’t technically take from you, but which they have regulated to the point where they are of little or no value. Naturally, this type of situation results in a large number of very pissed off people who feel that the government has quite literally stolen their property from them. Whether their claims are true or someone’s just crying wolf depends on the exact regulation and property, but the mere existence of such a loophole in our system is outrage enough.

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Ask Janus: The 14th Amendment

Posted by Janus on Thursday, May 29, 2008 in Civil Rights

After my discussion on same sex marriage, someone messaged me and asked why the 14th amendment did not apply. It is a good question, and one which I will answer in my new segment, “Ask Janus.” If you have a question you want to ask, leave a comment, drop me an email, or send me an IM. If the question is relevant enough, I’ll write a response to it.

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Part 3 of 3: In Defense of Gay Marriage

Posted by Janus on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in Civil Rights

Last Friday California’s Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, decided to actually call gay marriage, marriage instead of some other term that means exactly the same thing.

Hilarity ensued.

This is part three of three of a series on gay marriage. In this part I will attempt to lay out exactly why I think same sex marriage should be legal.

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