When Regulators Attack

By Daniel J. Mitchell No, that’s not the name of a new TV series. We should be so lucky. It’s actually a good description of the government’s approach to tobacco. Instead of letting adults make up their own minds about costs and benefits of risky choices (which includes most things in life, such as crossing […]

Policing for Profit

By Tim Lynch Our friends at the Institute for Justice just released a comprehensive report on the abuses that go on under the legal procedure known as “civil asset forfeiture.”  The report is called Policing for Profit (pdf). Here is a short video clip that IJ put together: Senior IJ attorney Scott Bullock will be […]

On ObamaCare, Don’t Put Your Faith in the Courts

By Randy E. Barnett Now that the Obama health plan is law, more than a dozen states are asserting that Congress has exceeded its Commerce Clause power in imposing a mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance from private companies. No doubt, individual citizens will challenge the individual mandate on their own behalf. States are […]

One Nation Under Arrest

By David Rittgers Brian Walsh of The Heritage Foundation and Paul Rosenzweig have a new book out, One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. For an example of how our federal criminal laws have morphed into a leviathan that threatens the liberty of average citizens, take the […]

Will Debate Constitutionality of Obamacare Anytime, Anywhere

By Ilya Shapiro Zaid Jilani at the Center for American Progress put up a blog post titled, “College debate organizers unable to find any law professors to argue health reform is unconstitutional.” Indeed, it seems that none of the four panelists at the University of Washington Law School event had any issues with Obamacare. Maybe the UW […]

Wednesday Links

By Chris Moody John McCain channels Dick Cheney: On March 4, McCain introduced a bill that  “would require that anyone anywhere in the world, including American citizens, suspected of involvement in terrorism — including ‘material support’ (otherwise undefined) — can be imprisoned by the military on the authority of the president as commander in chief.” […]

Excellent Video Channeling Bastiat

By Daniel J. Mitchell Tom Palmer of the Atlas Network has a very concise — yet quite devastating — video exposing the Keynesian fallacy that the destruction of wealth by calamities such as earthquakes or terrorism is good for economic growth. Tom cites the work of Bastiat, who sagely observed that, “There is only one difference […]

Food Stamps on Campus

By Tad DeHaven Food stamp usage is on an upsurge as a result of the economic downturn and liberalized eligibility. Thanks to some good journalistic work from Aleksandra Kulczuga of the Daily Caller, we’re getting a better picture of how government dependency is spreading to a new generation. Kulczuga reports that college students are increasingly […]

“You’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better…”

By Andrew J. Coulson “…a little better all the time.” Some school choice supporters and philanthropists began to suffer burnout a few years ago, disappointed that private school choice programs had not yet scaled up massively a decade-and-a-half after the first modern program was launched in Milwaukee. That disappointment is likely to give way in […]

Internet Privacy Law Needs an Upgrade

By Julian Sanchez Imagine for a moment that all your computing devices had to run on code that had been written in 1986. Your smartphone is, alas, entirely out of luck, but your laptop or desktop computer might be able to get online using a dial-up modem. But you’d better be happy with a command-line […]