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Will Jeff Sessions Look at the Evidence Against DARE?

July 25, 2017 by Logan Albright

Attorney General Jeff Sessions really dislikes drug use. And while drugs are a perfectly sensible thing to dislike, when that personal opinion develops into a policy campaign in the hands of someone in authority, we should all be a little bit concerned.

Sessions has lately been offering fulsome praise for DARE, the anti-drug education program founded in 1983, and making an effort to revive and increase funding for it. Sessions claims that the program “saves lives” and wants it to be a part of his comprehensive strategy of nationwide drug use prevention.

The main problem with this is that there’s not really any evidence that DARE actually did any good at all when it was actively in place. …

Seattle’s Minimum Wage Backfires

July 25, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Seattle raised its minimum wage to $13 an hour in an effort to help poor people, but it’s having the opposite effect, lowering incomes and costing jobs.

America First Puts Americans Last

July 11, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Can I love my country and still oppose the idea of “America First”? Don’t confuse patriotism with nationalism.

"America First" Puts America Last

Don’t confuse your patriotism with “nationalism.” Watch and find out why:

Posted by Matt Kibbe on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Colorado May Ban Smartphone Sales for Kids

July 6, 2017 by Logan Albright

A group in Colorado is gathering signatures to hold a ballot initiative in the 2018 election to ban cell phone retailers from selling their products to children under the age of 13.

Of course, there is precedent for banning substances for children, but unlike tobacco and alcohol, the concern with smartphones is not about physical effects, but rather psychological ones. Mobile devices, the group (Parents Against Underage Smartphones) claims, create behavior problems in children and are generally unhealthy for them. And for this reason they should not be allowed.

First off, I’ll acknowledge that the claim is not wholly without merit. I have two nieces, and the effect on their behavior when they spend too much time on a tablet or computer is noticeable. …

What Can Congress Really Do About Health Care?

June 30, 2017 by Logan Albright

As Congress prepares to vote on an Obamacare replacement bill that won’t actually do anything to lower the prices and increase access to medicine, conservatives are understandably frustrated. The lack of spine in the Republican Party, coupled with the significant numbers Democrats still hold in the Senate, makes passing a full-scale repeal of Obamacare impossible, and even the ”conservative” objectives that people like Sen. Rand Paul are trying to get inserted into the bill are minor tweaks that won’t salvage this disastrous piece of legislation.

But what else can be done? Anything more bold and market-focused will lose the support of Democrats and left-leaning Republicans, and the alternative is the status quo, in which Obamacare slowly collapses, leaving vulnerable people without access to health care and paving the way, almost assuredly, for a single-payer system, a system we all know would be a nightmare for the country. …

Free College Is a Bad Idea for Britain, and a Bad Idea for Us

June 24, 2017 by Logan Albright

By chance, I happened to be in London during the recent general election, and so I had the pleasure of witnessing some of the Labour Party campaign that ultimately proved so successful. As an American well steeped in stateside politics, I was struck by the parallels between the British system and our own, particularly the talking points used by the generally left-wing Labour Party and how they compare to our own Democrats.

One of the key talking points of the Labour Party was a push to waive college tuitions, the same “free college for everyone” message that played so well for Bernie Sanders here at home. …

How Wikipedia Solved the Knowledge Problem

June 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

I recently attended the first annual conference of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEECon) in Atlanta. Besides being a generally great event for people who care about economic liberty, the conference featured, as keynote speaker, Jimmy Wales, the cofounder of Wikipedia.

It’s unlikely that anyone reading this is unfamiliar with the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, but it remains fairly easy to underestimate the revolutionary nature of the platform.

I was in college when Wikipedia launched and I still remember the utter disdain with which academics regarded it at the time. The sense was, and still remains in some circles, that without certified and credentialed experts overseeing the process, there was no way to ensure reliability and control for bias. …

Alex Jones Does Not Represent Libertarians

June 18, 2017 by Logan Albright

Megyn Kelly made headlines this week for her interview with controversial broadcaster Alex Jones, a self-described libertarian. For someone like me, this is distressing for a number of reasons. First, there’s just the shameless appeal to sensationalism that drives so much of what is laughably called news these days. Second, there’s the appearance of relevancy that a major TV appearance lends to such a shrill and obnoxious figure as Jones. But most importantly, I am disturbed by the idea that people will see this interview and think that the nonsense Jones spouts is typical of libertarian thought in general.

Let me clear this up right now: It’s not. …

International Customs Is Security Theater

June 16, 2017 by Logan Albright

I just returned from a week’s vacation in London, and the city was magical. However, international travel was not. My journey began with an inauspicious two-hour wait to clear British customs.

For those who have never traveled outside the country, let me paint a picture of this little ritual for you. After spending the better part of a day uncomfortably crammed on an airplane full of sweaty strangers, with only the inedible abomination that is airplane food to stave off starvation, you are greeted at your destination by a long line of foreigners waiting to be permitted entry into the country.

This seems sensible enough, right? …