May 2013

  • National Defense, Foreign Policy, and Gun Control

    by Jacob G. Hornberger

    One of the most popular mantras in the post–9/11 era involves praising the troops for “defending our nation” and “protecting our rights and freedoms.” But how many people ever really think about what those mantras really mean? Indeed, how ma... Read More

  • Venturing into Mali

    by Sheldon Richman

    Murray Rothbard once observed that it was getting harder and harder to use the reductio ad absurdum device to ridicule U.S. government policy. Things haven’t changed. Thanks to recent events, we may no longer use “Timbuktu,” a name associated wi... Read More

  • How Drug-Courier Profiles Begot Terrorist Watch Lists

    by James Bovard

    Friends of freedom have been chagrined over the past decade to learn that federal terrorist watch lists incorporate criteria — such as openly praising the Constitution or the Second Amendment — that put them in the crosshairs. More than... Read More

  • Who Killed Greece?

    by Anthony J. Papalas

    The Greek tragedy began in 1981 when PASOK, the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party, won the national elections. Andreas Papandreou, who had been a member of the Greek Communist Party and had received his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard in 1942, found... Read More

  • Food Safety: A Market Solution

    by Paul Schwennesen

    The FDA is trumpeting, with unseemly giddiness, sweeping implementation of new rules within the now thoroughly moldered food-safety bill, passed two long years ago. Like any dish served past its prime, this one smells a bit off. As a produc... Read More

  • Regulatory Herding, Regulatory Stampedes

    by Richard W. Fulmer

    Perfect storms occur when many factors align. Sandy was one of the most damaging hurricanes in the history of the United States, but it took the confluence of a number of elements to make it so. Under normal conditions t... Read More

  • Book Review: What Reality Teaches Us

    by Laurence M. Vance

    No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed by John Stossel (New York: Threshold Editions, 2012), 324 pages. John Stossel is t... Read More