Advertising, Credit Reporting, and ‘Anti-Objectification’

By Jim Harper

You need a set of priors that I lack to stay interested in the forthcoming Suffolk University Law Review article, “Selling Consumers, Not Lists: The New World of Digital Decision-Making and the Role of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.” I think the thing animating authors Ed Mierzwinski and Jeff Chester is what I call “anti-objectification,” […]

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Today Is Bill of Rights Day

By Tim Lynch

Today is Bill of Rights Day. So it’s an appropriate time to consider the state of our constitutional safeguards. Let’s consider each amendment in turn. The First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” Government officials, however, have insisted that they can gag recipients of “national security letters” and […]

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Sen. Casey Finds Political Opportunity in NHL Lockout

By Tad DeHaven

The Small Business Administration was created in the 1950s to make it appear as though federal politicians cared about the plight of the “little fellow.” A more helpful expression of concern would have been a rollback of the federal government’s increasingly heavy hand in the post-New Deal economy. Instead, they went with the more politically […]

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An Important Victory for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

By Trevor Burrus

On Tuesday, the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’s ban on carrying ready-to-use firearms. Moore v. Madigan is written by Judge Richard Posner, possibly the most famous non-Supreme Court judge in the country, and is an important extension of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Judge Posner’s decision makes […]

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Promises to Restrict Future Spending Are Worthless

By Tad DeHaven

It appears likely that congressional Republicans are eventually going to accept a tax increase in exchange for real spending cuts smaller spending increases in the future. If and when that happens, Speaker Boehner should surround himself with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy at the press conference on the deal. I could […]

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The Poverty of Affordability Arguments

By Justin Logan

In the bargaining over avoiding the fiscal cliff, President Obama has taken to framing the argument this way: We can solve this problem. All Congress needs to do is pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income — everybody. (Applause.) That means 98 percent of Americans — […]

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Why Chris Christie Vetoed an ObamaCare Exchange

By Michael F. Cannon

On Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gave one of the better explanations of why states should say no to an ObamaCare Exchange. (Goes from about 1:10 – 2:50.) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Chris Christie Pt. 2 www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full […]

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How Government Actually Works, Especially Unaccountable, Multi-Jurisdictional Government

By David Boaz

In my book Libertarianism: A Primer, I have a chapter of pop public choice called “What Big Government Is All About.” The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority isn’t really big government, just a local D.C.-Virginia-Maryland authority to run a couple of airports. But it demonstrates some of the problems you can expect from economic entities that […]

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The Current Wisdom: ‘Dumb People’ Syndrome

By Patrick J. Michaels

The Current Wisdom is a series of monthly articles in which Patrick J. Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science, reviews interesting items on global warming in the scientific literature that may not have received the media attention that they deserved, or have been misinterpreted in the popular press. Occasionally — as […]

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Tarullo: No Return to Glass-Steagall

By Louise Bennetts

Finally, a senior banking regulator has acknowledged the so-called repeal of Glass-Steagall had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis. In a recent speech, Fed governor Daniel Tarullo noted that most firms at the center of the financial crisis in 2008 were either stand-alone commercial banks or investment banks, and therefore would not have […]

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