John Stossel: Shutdown Theater

This is where you come in.      Government wants you to play a role in the "shutdown" of the federal government. Your role is to panic. Republicans and Democrats both assume that shutting some government is a terrible thing. The press concurs. "Shutdown threatens fragile economy," warns Politico. "Federal workers turn to prayer,"   ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: America The Lawless

Committing crimes to the sounds of official rejoicing.   Before you rejoice that the government has seized an alleged terrorist in Libya who was indicted for planning the notorious 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, before you join the House of Representatives in a standing ovation for the Capitol Hill Police who killed a woman        ... MORE

VIDEO: MIlton Friedman - Too Many Laws

A discussion about the proliferation of laws in America and their impact on society.

Silk Road Raising Questions About Govt Spying (Again)

by Raj Sabhlok at Forbes.       It’s a case that’s captured everyone’s attention — pirates, drug trafficking, hit men, government intrigue. By now, few people haven’t heard about Silk Road, run by the now notorious Dread Pirate Roberts, a pseudonym from the film “The Princess Bride.” It’s an interesting next chapter to perhaps the biggest news   ... MORE

L. Brent Bozell: The Ministry Of Confusion

Observations on official tail-chasing.       I can think of one reason to end the federal shutdown: There are a lot of stupid people now roaming the streets. The Feds, however, do not have a monopoly on idiocy. Bureaucratic bumbling can be found wherever there's large government, even on the state, and yes, on the county level.  ... MORE

VIDEO: Cop Tricks Autistic Boy Into Buying Pot

To a hammer, everyone seems to be a nail.

Stephen DeMaura: The Creepy Business Of Patent Trolls

Leaching enemies of innovation.     Free markets and pro-paycheck policy are necessary to build a strong economy rich with quality employment opportunities for all Americans. As the country has shifted from a manufacturing, labor-intensive workforce toward technology- and innovation-based jobs, it is important that we continue to     ... MORE

Ed Krayewski: Who Cares About Miriam Carey?

Epidemic of police violence is largely ignored.     The story of a shooting on Capitol Hill last Thursday unfolded in the typical way. Reports of “shots fired” led to speculation of a mass shooter. Local police, in this case the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), ordered a lockdown “requiring” members of Congress and their staff to “shelter in place.”       ... MORE

America's Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance

John W. Whitehead on the modern school system.         These days, it is far too easy to rattle off the outrageous examples of zero tolerance policy run amok in our nation’s schools. A 14-year-old student arrested for texting in class. Three middle school aged boys in Florida thrown to the ground by police officers wielding rifles, who      ... MORE

ObamaCare Will Share Info With IRS And Law Enforcement

by Jeryl Bier.        Maryland's Health Connection, the state's Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website's privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless,    ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Who Wants To Cut Spending?

Lee Cary: The Black Swan In The Perfect Storm.

The Black Swan is Arithmetic.       She is coming and she is already here. In Detroit, you see her in the debris of a once great American city. The Perfect Storm is the confluence of events that will wreak economic havoc on America. It need not have anything to do with the current debt ceiling controversy. Most don't see it coming. For them, it will   ... MORE

George Will Compares ObamaCare To Fugitive Slave Act

Bad laws can be changed.        Conservative columnist and pundit George Will on Wednesday compared Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act and segregation to demonstrate the "bruising, untidy, utterly Democratic" process of changing laws. In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition," host Steve Inskeep asked Will about President Barack Obama's    ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - The Option Destroyers

AP: U.S. Adults Are Dumber Than The Average Human

Obama's reelection finally explained.     It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored ... MORE

The Corruptions Of Being The World's Policeman

Matt Welch on the folly of playing international sheriff.    In making the case for a Syrian war to the Senate on September 3, Secretary of State John Kerry made so many bad arguments-including insisting repeatedly that the proposed bombing campaign would in fact not be a war, at least "in the classic sense"-that most viewers probably   ... MORE

Freedom Of Speech Vs Embarrassing The Government

by Michael J. Hurd.      A federal employee decides to write a book on his knowledge of a known government scandal. After signing a book contract with a major publisher, the book deal is subsequently forbidden—by the government. Does this sound like a George Orwell novel? Or an Ayn Rand work of fiction? No. It’s really happening. Not in a     ... MORE

Dominick Armentano: Minimum Wage, Maximum Nonsense

Policy would work if money grew on trees. In his 2013 State of the Union message, President Obama suggested that Congress increase the federal hourly minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 to at least $9. Several states are also debating an increase; indeed, the California Legislature recently approved and Gov. Jerry Brown just signed    ... MORE

VIDEO: Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Is Marijuana Medicine?

Jacob Sullum: The Doomed Economics Of Drug Prohibition

Drug war no match for incentives of the black market.   One indisputable achievement of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which overthrew a regime that alternately cracked down on opium production and profited from it, was an enormous increase in drug seizures. Between 2000 and 2010, according to a study published last week by the online      ... MORE