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Clayton E. Cramer

Clayton E. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho. His most recent book is My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill (2012). He is raising capital for a feature film about the Oberlin Rescue of 1858.
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The Myth that High Unemployment Means a High Crime Rate

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Once again, the conventional wisdom of the elites proves itself wrong.

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Mandatory Training for Gun Owners: Constitutional? Useful?

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

A solution in need of a problem: mandatory training is of questionable legality, and gun misuse is not generally due to a lack of skill or knowledge.

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Lessons from McDonald v. Chicago

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

I have enjoyed basking in the glory of being cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision for the second time, but this was not a conservative victory.

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Do the Benefits of Wal-Mart Outweigh Its Drawbacks?

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The sheer size of the international retailer means good news for consumers. But what about the way employees are treated? Or the store's ruthless competitive practices?

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Arizona Immigration Law not Historically Unusual

Friday, June 4th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

There are several examples of states enforcing immigration laws that were actually stricter than federal immigration law.

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Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Sensible libertarians acknowledge that a free market is not enough to end all racial discrimination — and that a certain amount of it is the price we pay for living in a free society. This is a fine argument to make as an abstract principle — but it isn’t a path to political victory.

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Slavery Reparations: A Dead Issue, and Well-Deserved

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Professor Henry Gates admits the impossible complexity and moral fog of the once-championed progressive idea.

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Rules for Republicans

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Want your country back? Learn from our mistakes and be proactive.

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Today’s Medical Care: Like Star Trek’s Sickbay

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Treating eye cancer with an invisible beam of protons: Star Trek or U.S. health care?

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Why I No Longer Support Decriminalizing Marijuana

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The latest scientific conclusions — which are causal, not merely correlative — show that pot use significantly increases the likelihood of mental illness.

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The Left Hates Corporate Free Speech … Sometimes

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The great desperate fear about the Citizens United decision among liberals? That finally, there might be some balance.

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Due Process as Pandora’s Box

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

What has social conservatives so concerned about the upcoming McDonald v. Chicago decision?

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Guns, Domestic Violence, and Legal Absurdity

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

How the Supreme Court has a chance to restore sanity.

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Surprises Abound in Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

This easy and insightful read is nothing like it has been portrayed by the mainstream media.

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Stupid People, and Other Arguments for Limited Government

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The Constitution: protecting the people in times of government by morons.

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Blaming Sex Talk ‘Squeamishness’ for Rise in STDs

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

No, really. The CDC thinks Americans don't talk about sex enough.

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Running Cars on Water?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

People who expect something for nothing will fall for even the most wild-eyed promises and conspiracy theories.

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Mayor Daley Blames Fort Hood on Guns, Not Islam

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

If this wasn’t such a dreadfully serious matter, it would almost be funny watching Democrats insist that there’s no elephant in the bathtub.

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Armed and Female

Saturday, November 7th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

There's nothing intrinsically masculine about guns — just look at Fort Hood's Sgt. Kimberly Munley.

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Compartmentalizing Morality: ‘Christian’ Slave Owners and ‘Green’ Polluters

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Avoiding examination of your actions when they directly oppose your morals is a human behavior, not a phenomenon of the religious.

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Openly Carrying Guns Can Be Unwise, Even When It’s Legal

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Gun owners should think hard about whether it serves our best interests to offend and disturb our neighbors.

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The Danger of Legal Precedents

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

When a precedent relevant to one question is applied to a largely unrelated one, a travesty of justice can result.

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Self-Righteousness on a Bumper Sticker

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

A slogan with so many layers of arrogance that it deserves a careful dissection.

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Fourteenth Amendment Shootout at the Supreme Court

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

A case before the Court will decide how far the states can go when it comes to gun control.

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Are You More Likely to Be Shot Because You Own a Gun?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Yet another flawed study attempts to make the case for keeping citizens defenseless.

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