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Prohibition Déjà vu

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Prohibition Déjà vu

On August 19 The Wall Street Journal reported that serious organized crime had spread to one of the most affluent, secure business communities in Mexico. Drug gangs blocked streets, murdered individuals, and kidnapped the mayor of Monterrey—who was later found dead. A similar event occurred in America in February of 1929 – Americans woke to […]

Fishy Dealings From the FDA

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Fishy Dealings From the FDA

The FDA’s Presumption to Regulate Keeps Valuable Products off the Market The Christian Science Monitor recently published an article on the recent FDA hearings about genetically engineered (GE) salmon: “U.S. government food regulators pondered Monday whether to say, for the first time, that it’s OK to market a genetically engineered animal as safe for Americans […]

Campus Media Response: Critics of the Tea Party Miss the Point: We Do Not Belong to the State

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Campus Media Response: Critics of the Tea Party Miss the Point: We Do Not Belong to the State

Noting the recent wins by “tea party” candidates in Republican primaries, Daniel Charnoff of the USC Daily Trojan warns his readers about the implications of the movement’s agenda: Miller is a stand-up tea partier, meaning he wants to get rid of Medicare, Social Security and the Department of Education. Miller considers unemployment benefits unconstitutional and […]

A Small Step for Private Space Flight

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A Small Step for Private Space Flight

Private industries make their first probes into the final frontier A recent article in The New York Times discusses the possibility of privately funded space travel open to tourists in the near future: “Boeing said Wednesday that it was entering the space tourism business, an announcement that could bolster the Obama administration’s efforts to transform the National […]

China’s Growing Economy: a Value or a Threat?

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China’s Growing Economy: a Value or a Threat?

China has reportedly overtaken Japan as the world’s second largest economy. Many react to China’s ascendance by warning that America is in “danger” of being “overtaken”. On this view, the fact that some people gain more means that others necessarily have less. This question was raised in a recent discussion on NPR: JOFFE-WALT: And I […]

Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

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Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

EPA Grading scheme for vehicles distorts our ability to act on our own judgment The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a scheme by which vehicles would be “graded” based on fuel efficiency. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: “Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or […]

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