At best, police data shows four in ten murders in America are never resolved and no suspect is convicted. Lesser crimes have even fewer resolutions. And if we look more closely, things look even worse.
The trial of Julian Assange will have consequences that are far larger than the man himself. Whatever will be Assange's future, he is already one more martyr in the historic struggle for political freedom from which everyone can take inspiration.
Economists who have written on punishment find Rothbard's “double restitution” idea puzzling, because they think about it only in terms of economic efficiency. But Rothbard's theory is based on a moral principle.
Although governments continue to insist "it's for the children," we should never go back to the dark ages of privacy before easy-to-use encryption. Nor should we allow a "back door" for governments to access our data.