130. Could You Be An Accidental Criminal?

When someone breaks the rules, or the law, they should understand the rule or law they are breaking, right? Well in some cases people have been given criminal convictions for breaking laws that they didn’t even know they were breaking.

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Definitions: 

  • Mens rae: The legal theory that states that a suspected criminal is only guilty if they knew they were committing a crime. 
  • Malum in se: The belief that something is wrong or evil not because of the law, but because of the laws of nature. 
  • Malum prohibitum: The belief that something is wrong simply because the government says it is and creates a law.

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Psst… The Government Thinks Inflation is “Too Low”

I talk a lot about big government. Mostly, about how it takes advantage of people to grow its own power at our expense. In doing so, it makes our lives more difficult, drives up the cost of living, and takes away the very freedoms that the federal government was created to help protect. And while the world is full of stories of how these things happen, sometimes we get an extra-clear wake-up call. This week, we got one of those from Janet Yellen, who is Chair of the U.S. Treasury Department and former head of the Federal Reserve. (Though I prefer to call it the Creature from Jekyll Island…) Yellen, speaking to Bloomberg News, claimed that inflation is “too low” right now. (What?!) I could leave this rant right here and you’d likely understand why that’s a horrible thing to hear from the person controlling our money… but let’s dive

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