Glenn Greenwald reacts:Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
This is simply deranged and might be his most unhinged tweet yet. https://t.co/RpuShhDyb2— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 29, 2016
As usual, Murray Rothbard got it right. He wrote in 1995:
The most warped, dangerous part of his proposal is not banning flag-burning; many want that. It's *citizenship-stripping* as punishment. https://t.co/dRFfuxeE8n— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 29, 2016
Keeping our eye on property rights, the entire flag question is resolved easily and instantly. Everyone has the right to buy (or weave) and therefore own a piece of cloth in the shape and design of an American flag (or in any other design) and to do with it what he will: fly it, burn it, defile it, bury it, put it in the closet, wear it, etc. Flag laws are unjustifiable violations of the rights of private property. (Constitutionally, there are many clauses from which private property rights can be derived.) On the other hand, no one has the right to come up and burn your flag, or someone else's. That should be illegal, not because a flag is being burned, but because the arsonist is burning your property without your permission. He is violating your property rights. Note the way in which the focus on property rights solves all recondite issues. Perhaps conservatives, who proclaim themselves defenders of property rights, will be moved to reconsider their support of its invasion. On the other hand, perhaps liberals, scorners of property rights, might be moved to consider that cleaving to them may be the only way, in the long run, to insure freedom of speech and press.
Trump should familiarize himself with Scalia's take on flag-burning. pic.twitter.com/Da3qutjCVg— bitteranagram (@bitteranagram) November 29, 2016