Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle: Soda-Tax Support From Plenty of Baptists, But No Bootleggers

Earlier this month, residents of Berkeley, California, voted in a one-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks, the first ever in the United States. As many as 30 previous attempts by U.S. cities and states to tax away sugar in soda have failed. What seems like the perfect opportunity for a “bootleggers and Baptists” style coalition to perform their political magic […]

Ronald Bailey Asks Whether Superintelligent Machines Will Destroy Humanity

In Frank Herbert’s Dune books, humanity has long banned the creation of “thinking machines.” Ten thousand years earlier, their ancestors destroyed all such computers in a movement called the Butlerian Jihad, because they felt the machines controlled them. The penalty for violating the Orange Catholic Bible’s commandment “Thou shalt not make a machine in the […]

Robert Draper on the Ascendance of Libertarianism

Robert Draper’s August 7 cover story in The New York Times Magazine about the ascendance of libertarianism in American political life featured a report from reason’s “posh” Washington, D.C,. office, numerous interviews with reason staffers, and a glimpse at how libertarian thinking is changing American politics. Here are some excerpts from the article. View this […]

Brickbat: Bad Dog

Joanna Armand says her dog Zeus has never bitten anyone and no one has ever filed a complaint about the dog. Her daughter O’Hara Owens, who has severe neck problems and must use a wheelchair, says Zeus is the first to notice if she is in pain and comfort her. But Zeus is a pitbull, […]

Radical Readers

The Lone Gladio – Sibel D Edmonds Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America – James Ostrowski LBJ: From Mastermind to “The Colossus” – Phillip F. Nelson SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For any climate, for any situation – John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto – Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Real Dissent: A Libertarian […]

An Armed Society

So, when Ferguson got the grand jury ruling they didn’t like, they showed how interested they were in justice by burning down the businesses of people that had nothing at all to do with it. Meanwhile, in the State of Arizona, people showed their solidarity with Ferguson by going to bed. While other major cities […]

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