About: Kathleen McCaffrey

Kathleen McCaffrey, from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is a senior at Cornell
University with a major in philosophy and history. She is a campus editor of The Cornell Review and is the editor and founder of The Politicizer, an online magazine of opinion articles from students across the country. Last summer she interned at America’s Future Foundation through the Koch Summer Fellow program. In 2011, she worked in London as a Wall Street Journal Bartley Fellow reporting to Brian Carney.




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Dear Legal Insurrection readers, remember me?

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Posted by    Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:30pm 7/17/2017 at 7:30pm

It’s been five years since I last posted in LI.

As some of you may remember, I was the first non-Prof contributor back in 2010. I mostly covered the coveted late afternoon slot while Prof was teaching and I usually linked to articles that covered my funky amalgam of technology and...

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Fare thee well!

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 2:21pm 5/29/2012 at 2:21pm

Dear LI Readers,

The time has come for me to bid you adieu. After 1.5 years and roughly 300 posts, I am discontinuing my role as a contributor to Legal Insurrection. Recent events suggest that I am beginning a new phase of my life: I just got engaged, I’ve graduated from school,...

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Taxation the old-fashioned way.

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Posted by    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:00am 5/5/2012 at 11:00am

Jim McAfee, of that McAfee, lives in Belize and has become the victim of their national “Gang Suppression Unit.” Technically, those who put him in custody were arms of the state working to preserve the safety of their citizens, though one has to wonder who was terrorizing who this week…

In his...

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Minimum wage gone viral

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Posted by    Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00am 4/27/2012 at 11:00am

A map of US wages that suggests most Americans live in some sort of indentured servitude has gone viral.

Thankfully, the claim is easily debunked:

If that sounds bogus, it’s because it is.

Here’s why:

  1. Very few people who earn the minimum wage are living on that wage alone; a majority are working part-time, and...
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Ridiculous French laws met with ridiculous French news stories.

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Posted by    Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:45am 4/21/2012 at 10:45am

The French have their own presidential election on Sunday. Aside from their list of candidates, which would make many Americans feel relieved in comparison, the French have topped the US in media-related constraints. Until the last polling station closes at 8 p.m., French law forbids the release of polls and preliminary...

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Ron Paul at Cornell

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Posted by    Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:30pm 4/20/2012 at 2:30pm

Last night, Ron Paul delivered a speech to over 4,000 people at Cornell’s Lynah Rink. Naturally, I was part of the audience – it’s not every day that a presidential candidate comes to Cornell and it’s even rarer that I don’t have any homework in the evening.

I have seen Ron Paul...

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s. 2049

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Posted by    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:30am 4/13/2012 at 11:30am

Following up on my Penny Lobby post from earlier this week, I thought I’d tackle another coin-based issue: dollar coins.

For the past decade or so, the government has been trying to produce and popularize dollar coins. Efforts to introduce the currency, though, have been met with failure (much like the Susan...

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The Penny Lobby

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 3:45pm 4/11/2012 at 3:45pm

Getting rid of the penny is like converting to the metric system: people argue for years that it is inevitable, but it never really comes to fruition. Instead it remains a staple of elementary civics discussions

I always wondered who would really lobby for the penny as it is today. While we don’t have to...

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Bad psychology is only one click away…

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:00pm 4/10/2012 at 4:00pm

If you don’t already, I recommend subscribing to Minding the Campus, a web-based mag focused on the American university from The Manhattan Institute. Today, John Leo has a fun post titled “One Result of Income Inequality–Dubious Psychological Studies.”

As an academic specialty, psychology suffers from a distinct lack of respect. For one...

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The Ultimate, and Penultimate, Resort…

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Posted by    Friday, April 6, 2012 at 11:20am 4/6/2012 at 11:20am

CEI has published a study about private property laws in outer space by Rand Simberg, one of the best people qualified to write on the topic. In sum, Simberg claims that the U.S. should recognize claims on the Moon, Mars, and asteroids and gives a loose foundation for the U.S. government’s access to establishing recognized...

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Obligations and Voluntary Actions

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Posted by    Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:45am 3/30/2012 at 11:45am

The new Libertarianism.org has amassed a bunch of great essays from CATO scholars and the like. One of my (very) recent favorites is from Aaron Ross Powell, who discusses the nature of political obligation in How We Might Become Politically Obligated, a follow up to his introductory...

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Rick Santorum’s Higher Ed Crusade, cont.

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Posted by    Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 12:30pm 3/11/2012 at 12:30pm

I’ve railed against the racket that higher education has become on this page before. I think more people should be able to abstain from going to college and I think the government should stop “helping” students.

That being said, I also think Rick Santorum’s populist revulsion towards academia is based on faulty...

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The Olympic Sized Drain

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Posted by    Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2:15pm 3/10/2012 at 2:15pm

While I lived in London this past summer, I became more acquainted with The Adam Smith Institute – a fine libertarian think tank based in London. I usually read their blog, which is pretty euro-centric, and reading it really highlights the differences between the two continents.

Sometimes, though, I see a lot...

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KONY, or on the weaknesses of democracy

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Posted by    Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:43pm 3/9/2012 at 12:43pm

This week my Facebook feed was littered with postings about KONY, the latest viral “activist” movement to sweep the web.

A brief recap: a charity called “Invisible Children” launched a video campaign to bring about awareness of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The #stopkony campaign has been trending on Twitter and aims to promote...

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So Close to Right

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Posted by    Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:14am 3/2/2012 at 11:14am

An eighth grader in upstate New York has ruffled some feathers with an essay that casts the public school system as modern slavery.

I wish I hadn’t clicked on the hyperlink, because – at face value – she seemed so right. Public schools discriminate based on geography under threat of imprisonment and their machine...

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David Friedman on Global Warming

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Posted by    Monday, February 27, 2012 at 1:00pm 2/27/2012 at 1:00pm

David Friedman, the son of that Friedman, is one of my favorite bloggers. He isn’t terribly hard to read and he doesn’t update daily, but – when he writes – it is worth the wait.

Take, for example, his most recent post: 

A while back I read an article attacking Bjorn Lomborg, an...
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A public notice about your private history.

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Posted by    Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:55am 2/24/2012 at 11:55am

I don’t worry that some of my information can be easily accessed on the web. I think I’m typical of most people in my generation who have grown accustomed to taking privacy into their own hands. My rule of thumb is this: if it’s a free service on the internet, you’re probably...

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