Daily Archives: December 20, 2017

Mueller’s Muscle Play: Why The GSA Email Seizure Was Both Unprecedented and Unnecessary


440px-Director_Robert_S._Mueller-_III-1280px-US-GeneralServicesAdministration-Logo.svgBelow is my column in The Hill Newspaper on the email seizure by Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the General Services Administration. As discussed yesterday, many supporters of Mueller are not contesting that this material did not constitute agency records or property, but rather that there was some type of express or implied waiver of privacy and confidentiality.  While I consider this an ambiguous area, I obviously disagree with such dismissive positions.

Here is the column:

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More Musings on Colonialism

Notes On Liberty

I recently attended an excellent lecture at Cabrillo College, located in central California, by an International Relations scholar who focused on the effects of colonialism. We took a solid look at the ‘World Systems Theory’ of why the developing world is, well, developing, and it was great to go over this school of thought’s main arguments.

For those of you who don’t know, World Systems Theory is a Marxian analysis that basically states that poor countries are poor because of the effects of colonialism, and the evidence supporting their claims is pretty damn solid. Basically, the World Systems theorists argue that when the various European powers gained outright control of non-European lands (this process in itself took centuries, by the way, and I deplore the historical narrative that argues Europeans set out to conquer foreign lands and divide up the spoils of war for reasons outlined in the link provided)…

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