Standing our ground

"Black World War II veterans changed the climate of the South.... No single group was more important to the modern civil rights movement than these men. It was they who first took young organizers from SNCC and CORE under their wings in the rural south."

By Charles E. Cobb Jr. (guest-blogging) | Guns | 33 mins ago

This nonviolent stuff’ll get you killed

"One of the important lessons I learned as a participant in the southern freedom movement of the 1960s shocks many of my liberal friends: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. I am neither a member nor supporter of the NRA, but both sides in today’s convoluted arguments about gun control and the second amendment need to pay attention to this lesson."

By Charles E. Cobb Jr. (guest-blogging) | Guns | July 28

Charles E. Cobb Jr. guest-blogging about “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed”

Charles Cobb is Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, and a distinguished journalist (with National Public Radio and other outlets) and former member of National Geographic Magazine's editorial staff. He currently is Senior Writer and Diplomatic Correspondent for, the leading online provider of news from and about Africa. From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi.

More establishment respect for “direct action”

I’ve long been an advocate for fewer restraints on how the private sector responds to hacking attacks. If the government can’t stop and can’t punish such attacks, in my view the least it could do is not threaten the victims with felony prosecution for taking reasonable measures in self-defense.  I debated the topic with co-blogger Orin […]

By Stewart Baker July 27

A privacy law’s “unintended” but remarkably convenient results

HIPAA is an arguably well-intentioned privacy law that seems to yield nothing but “unintended” consequences. I put “unintended” in quotes because the consequences are often remarkably convenient, at least for those with power. I’m not sure you can call something that convenient “unintended.” The problem has gotten so bad that even National Public Radio and the […]

By Stewart Baker July 26