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What Explains Today’s Wave of Nostalgia?

September 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

This weekend, I took in a double feature at my local cinema, consisting of the new remake of Stephen King’s It (based on a novel from 1986 and a miniseries from 1990) and the 35th anniversary showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (originally released in 1982). As I waited for the first film to start, the previews included a new Justice League movie (based on characters created well over half a century ago) and something by Steven Spielberg that appears to be little more than an homage to all of Spielberg’s films from the 80s. This year’s highest grossing blockbuster will undoubtedly be Star Wars: Episode VIII, which continues a franchise now 40 years old. …



Both Left and Right Must Stop Violating Due Process Rights

September 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is working to restore due process rights on college campuses, where accusations of rape or sexual assault can and have ruined the lives of young men. For her efforts, she is being accused of being on the side of rapists and an enemy of young women, mostly by left-leaning commentators.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is celebrating the subversion of due process in civil asset forfeiture cases, claiming that he “loves” the program and saying taking the property of “drug dealers” is “fun.” Civil asset forfeiture, of course, is the procedure that allows law enforcement to seize private property suspected of being used in a crime, without actually having to convict the owner of anything. …



How the FDA Created a Black Market in Innovation

September 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who brought the world PayPal, is putting money into testing an experimental vaccine that could be used to combat the herpes virus.

Ordinarily, such news would be cause for celebration, but there’s a catch — Thiel is conducting his research outside of U.S. jurisdiction, in order to avoid the medical bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration. And the FDA is not happy about it.

The major point of contention is that Thiel is testing on human subjects — people who already have herpes and have volunteered to be flown out to his facility. According to the FDA, this violates the principles of medical ethics and could put people’s lives in danger. …



5 Reasons Why School Choice Is Freedom

September 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

The war on school choice is taking on an air of desperation, employing rhetorical tactics I never would have expected.

In the latest salvo, history professor Johann Neem, writing in the Washington Post, claims that we should reject school choice for the Founding Fathers’ sake. It’s a clever argument designed to appeal to conservatives, who largely hold great faith and reverence toward America’s founders. Nevertheless, here are five reasons why conservatives should remain unpersuaded and pro-school choice.

1. The appeal to authority fallacy

The founders were wise, but they were not infallible. As the Left is fond of reminding us, even great heroes like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington did things and held beliefs that we would consider questionable (if not deplorable) today. …



The Right to Try

September 12, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe shares the personal story of his battle with cancer, and explains why patients should be given the right to try life-saving drugs.



The Deadly Isms Episode 1: Up From Totalitarianism

August 29, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Contrary to popular belief, the political spectrum doesn’t go from left to right, it goes from top to bottom. At the bottom are all the authoritarian forms of government, including fascism, socialism, and communism. As we move upwards, we approach liberty, voluntary cooperation, and community action.



USDA-Landia

August 22, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

In a world where bureaucrats decide what is healthy to eat, you might just go hungry.



Could Amazon Do for Rx Drugs What It’s Done for Retail Shopping?

August 22, 2017 by Logan Albright

Rumors are flying that Amazon.com has been hiring pharmaceutical experts and plans to expand its operations into the prescription drug business. While the company hasn’t done anything to confirm or deny these rumors, it would be a logical move for a business that aims to deliver everything from food to electronics directly to your front door. So, what would be the implications of a world where Amazon.com steps up as a health care provider?

In many ways, health care is the final frontier of ecommerce. While it’s possible to purchase practically anything online, there are still barriers that force patients to physically seek out doctors and pharmacists in order to obtain medicine. …



Tearing Down Statues Does Nothing for the Millions in Slavery Now

August 22, 2017 by Logan Albright

It seems bizarre that we live in a world where violence is erupting over cold, dead statues. I mean, I get it. People have strong feelings on both sides. Some view the statues as a symbol of oppression and slavery, others as a historical touchstone that should be remembered. It’s emotional.

But where emotions are involved, a little perspective is usually helpful. And while there’s nothing wrong with examining the sins of the past and trying to be respectful and considerate in the present, let’s not forget that the history of slavery didn’t end in the 1860s. According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly 46 million people are enslaved today in 167 countries. …