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Comments Off on Young People and the Socialist Delusion

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – In 2016, I posed a rhetorical question about whether young people are so stupid that they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. After all, many of them thought Bernie Sanders would make a good president (of America, not Greece or Venezuela). Well, maybe we really should increase the voting age. It seems 2016 […]

Comments Off on We Need School Choice for Education without Dogma

FEE.ORG – Do you want more choice in where you get your baby potatoes or your baby’s education? I have a brilliant idea! We should create a system of government-run grocery stores. The government will run them according to majority-approved philosophies of food. Everyone will have to accept what is ruled best practice in food, […]

Comments Off on Survival Medicine Hour: Heat Waves, Bears, Turmeric, More

DOOM AND BLOOM Survival Medicine Hour: Heat Waves, Bears, Turmeric, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Many consider a heat wave to be just a time to put an extra ice cube in the lemonade, but it’s a deadly natural disaster. More people die in heat waves in the U.S. than just about any recent weather event […]

Comments Off on “Taxes Are the Price We Pay to Live in a Civilized Society” – or Are They?

FEE.ORG – A common sentiment among proponents of government and centralized authority is that “taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society.” In reality, however, the state’s hunger for tax revenue and control directly undermines well-intentioned humans’ efforts to be civil to each other. Punished for helping strangers in need In […]

Comments Off on Overdose Deaths Are the Product of Drug Prohibition

REASON – During Prohibition, drinkers never knew what they would get when they set out to slake their thirst. Bootleggers often sold products adulterated with industrial alcohol and other toxins. Some 10,000 people were fatally poisoned before America gave up this grand experiment in suppressing vice. The biggest toll from modern drug prohibition, writes Steve […]

Comments Off on The Paradox of Leveling the Playing Field in the Name of Equality

Southern Watchman says: In the beginning of our nation, there *may* have been a case for leveraging the power of the state to force equality, but they went the other direction and leveraged the power of the state to force inequality instead. So Bravo there. But here we are some 200 odd years later, and […]

Comments Off on How Learning Blossoms in a School without Schooling

FEE.ORG – Envision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment. I toured one of those last week. Two years ago I read Peter Gray’s Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, largely a manifesto […]

Comments Off on This Illinois Town Might Not Have Intended to Ban My Family’s ‘Peashooter,’ But They Still Did

REASON – In a Friday article “My Family’s Peashooter Is Now an Illegal ‘Assault Weapon’ in This Illinois Town,” I wrote that a new “assault weapon” ban in Deerfield, Illinois, was written so broadly that it outlawed an old .22 semi-automatic rifle kept by my decidedly non-firearm-obsessed family. Since publishing that article, I have received […]

Comments Off on Americans Can’t Stand Each Other, So Let’s Stop Forcing Our Preferences on One Another: New at Reason

REASON – As a display of Americans’ seemingly growing intolerance for one another, last week presented something of a perfect storm, writes J.D. Tuccille. The flash career of a prominent conservative writer at The Atlantic, the seeming endorsement by several tech executives of one-party rule, and President Trump attacking Amazon to punish The Washington Post […]

Comments Off on Backpage Founder’s 93 Charges Lack Actual Sex-Trafficking Claims

REASON – The Department of Justice this afternoon finally released the indictment against Michael Lacey, founder of Backpage.com, the website the feds seized control over on Friday and shut down. The site has long been a center of accusations that Lacey was fostering sex trafficking, including child sex trafficking and sex slavery, and the indictment’s […]