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Acquittal in Oregon

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the acquittal in Oregon of Ammon Bundy and six others who engaged in an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. The acquittal strikes me as a victory for lawlessness. I agree with Mark Heckert of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, who stated: Negotiating at the barrel of a gun is not a rural value; that’s just intimidation. It emboldens these guys who »

The Oregon standoff: insurrection, civil disobedience, or in between?

Featured image David French at NR’s Corner makes “the case for civil disobedience in Oregon.” He’s referring to the occupation by armed men of a federal building on a wildlife refuge, about which Steve and I wrote yesterday. There may be a case for civil disobedience in connection with the excessive sentencing of the Hammonds, two Oregon ranchers, and the broader issues of federal overreach involved. It’s interesting, though, that neither the »

Thoughts on Oregon

Featured image Paul has offered a good account of the standoff under way in eastern Oregon, but everyone should take in the analysis of Randall O’Toole of the Cato Institute, an Oregon native with special expertise on forest and rangeland bureaucracy. Randall doesn’t think there are any good guys here: There are no good guys to cheer for in the militia takeover of an Oregon federal office building on January 2. The ostensible issue »

Sympathy for Bundy; respect for the rule of law

Featured image I agree with John that we should be sympathetic toward Cliven Bundy. I’m sympathetic toward anyone who is gouged by the federal government — a class, arguably, of millions. And the gouging of Bundy seems like a particularly egregious case. But beyond the matter of sympathy lies the question of whether Bundy and/or his supporters would be justified in engaging in armed resistance if the federal government attempts to carry »