February 2013

  • Time to Nullify the Drug Laws

    by Sheldon Richman

    Thomas Jefferson said a revolution every 20 years would be a good thing. Regardless of what one thinks of that, perhaps a little constitutional crisis every now and then would have its benefits. One such crisis may be brewing no... Read More

  • The Continuing Forfeiture Scourge

    by James Bovard

    A federal crime wave is sweeping the nation, and prosecutors and G-men could not be happier about it. The Wall Street Journal reported that government “forfeiture programs confiscated homes, cars, boats, and cash in more than 15,000 cases [in 2010... Read More

  • Taxi Tyranny

    by Laurence M. Vance

    One of the most prevalent and persistent myths about the American economy is that it is based on the free market, or laissez-faire capitalism. True, when compared with much of the rest of the world, the United States appears ... Read More

  • Milking the Truancy Cow for Cash

    by Wendy McElroy

    Diane Tran is a 17-year-old honor student who was jailed for truancy in Texas. When a tearful Tran gave an interview for a local television station, the story went viral. Her parents had recently divorced, leaving Tran to support herse... Read More

  • Deflation, Liquidation, and Necessary Revisionism

    by Tim Kelly

    During his ill-fated 1932 reelection campaign Herbert Hoover delivered a speech in which he said, In the midst of this hurricane the Republican administration kept a cool head, and it rejected every counsel of weakness and cowardice. Some of t... Read More

  • New Deal Utopianism

    by George Leef

    Back to the Land: Arthurdale, FDR’s New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning by C.J. Maloney (Hoboken, N.J.: Wile... Read More