Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

The fact that drugs are illegal is so embedded in our collective consciousness that we rarely question why this is so. The answer that comes to mind is that “drugs are bad”—bad for your health, bad for the economy, bad for society, and, consequently, laws should curtail their use. But...

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Fear Men, Not the Mentally Ill

Fear Men, Not the Mentally Ill

It’s not hard to think of recent violence committed by people living in a different world than the rest of us. The Batman shooter. The Tuscon, Arizona shooter. The Unabomber. And so on. The media drags on about these stories, probably because they are so bizarre, powerful, and seemingly unpredictable....

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Your Regular Shot of Common Sense: Get Vaccinated

Your Regular Shot of Common Sense: Get Vaccinated

Remember this? “She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter. There is no second chance for these little girls if there is any dangerous consequences to their bodies.” Rep. Michelle  Bachman uttered these words in a Republican Primary Debate...

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Terrorism: Is Fear Itself the Problem?

Terrorism: Is Fear Itself the Problem?

What if I told you that there was a threat to the people of America which was eight times more deadly than terrorism? What sort of policy response would be justified? What sorts of bloated government bureaucracies, intrusions, inconveniences, and wars would we be willing to endure in order to...

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Kids These Days? Lame in the Eyes of Recent History

Kids These Days? Lame in the Eyes of Recent History

Most of us who witnessed the fire-and-brimstone protester on campus this week are familiar with his vision of America’s youth:  spoiled, promiscuous, impulsive, and immoral. This image pervades our media from its glorifying portrayal at the box office (think Project X) to the newspapers and books decrying the “hook-up culture”....

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The Folly of America’s Sex Offender Registries

The Folly of America’s Sex Offender Registries

In 2006, a pedophile-hunting gunman shot 24-year old William Elliot after he found William’s name on Maine’s online sex-offender registry. As William’s mom told Human Rights Watch, “Without the registry, he would still be alive today.” How did Elliot end up on the registry?  When he was 19, he had...

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