Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer is an author, lawyer, and civil libertarian. She is the author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional.

  • The Pastoral is Political

    Purpose driven pastor Rick Warren repeatedly disassociates himself from the religious right: "never even been to one of their meetings - not one," he…

  • Oprah and the Party Crashers

    White House gate-crashers and aspiring parvenus Michaele and Tareq Salahi can count among their questionable accomplishments the right to a footnote…

  • Justice for Detainees?

    Should civil libertarians celebrate the administration's decision to try five  alleged 9/11 co-conspirators on criminal charges in federal court? …

  • Mammograms and Me

    It's about time the medical profession began taking seriously the costs as well as the debatable benefits of annual mammograms for women over 40…

  • Response to Comments on Independent Voters

    By questioning the presumed virtues of independent voters as a group, I was not suggesting that individual voters have paramount civic obligations to…

  • Independent Voting: Virtue or Vice?

    "Partisanship and ideology" are the enemies of "true representation in Washington," according to Lou Dobbs, who apparently sees himself as the last…

  • Woman in Combat

    "The principle that women should not intentionally and routinely engage in combat is fundamental, and enjoys wide support among our people," the U.S.…

  • Equality, Marriage, and the Right to Discriminate

    Hannah Arendt characterized the "right to marry whoever one wishes" as elementary, locating it among the "inalienable human rights to 'life, liberty…

  • Quick Question

    Can someone explain to me why it is a criminal offense to have sex with animals but entirely legal to kill and eat them?  Surely laws against…

  • Erasing History at the ACLU

    Stressing the paramount importance of transparency and accountability, the ACLU has been commendably relentless in seeking the release of government…

  • Murder, He Said

    You have no right to ask someone to commit a murder, obviously, but it's hard to say if the First Amendment protects the right to extol or encourage…

  • The Nobel Hope Prize

    It's a bit like awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature to someone who reviews novels, beautifully, but has never written one. Some might even…

  • State Sponsored Religion: Whose Cross to Bear?

    Tomorrow, October 7th, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Salazar v. Buono, a case with a complicated litigation history that now poses a…

  • ACORN: A Cautionary Tale

    A brief item buried in the national section of today's New York Times reports that the embezzlement of ACORN funds some 10 days years ago by Dale…

  • Liberty, Self-Esteem and Self-Governance

    Our inalienable right to happiness and the rhetoric of self-esteem experts notwithstanding, we do not have a right to feel good about ourselves;…

  • ACORN: A Cautionary Tale

    When is thievery not a crime but a personal tragedy? When is lying for personal gain or political expedience a mere error in judgment? The answer is…

  • Doing It In The Road

    Do you have a right to indulge in consensual public sex? In Massachusetts, at least, that's not a simple question. The answer depends on whether you…

  • The Justice Act

    Tea Party Expressers who rallied in the capitol last week to protest big government will have another chance to defend "freedom of the individual in…

  • Sympathy for the Principal

    Tensions between constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and constitutional prohibitions on religious establishment are great fun to debate,…

  • Government Speech, Corporate Speech, Citizen Protests, and the Hitler Card

    Right and left, activists in California are organizing against publicly honoring people they don't like: "Assembly Democrats attack children's…


Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.


Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."


The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands


'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.


Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas


The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm


Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."


Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."



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