Why Civility Can’t Return To Politics: New at Reason

You can’t “be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour a week ago, defending the win-at-all-costs mentality that many Democrats are pushing before the midterm elections. That was before the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Scott Wagner, told… Read More »

Don’t Call 911 About Weed, Say Helpful Toronto Cops

Toronto’s cops would like to make a public service announcement: Don’t bother us if you think your neighbor is growing or using marijuana. As of Wednesday, Canada has legalized weed on the national level. That same day, the province of Ontario (where Toronto is located) passed a bill permitting people to light up in many… Read More »

New Restrictions on Vaping, Trans Fats, Food Labeling in FDA Commissioner’s Agenda: Reason Roundup

The FDA’s new regulatory agenda. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a slew of changes to food, medicine, and e-cigarette regulation, with very few bright spots. Top items on Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s upcoming food and tobacco agenda include declaring war on e-cigarettes, banning all partially hydrogenated oils (a.k.a. trans fats) in food,… Read More »

Murder Most Foul

After watching the Saudis behead and even reportedly crucify critics and opponents for decades, suddenly Washington’s great and good are outraged by a single murder. The victim was a Saudi columnist from that nation’s elite who was noted for his moderate, cautious views, who was also linked to the former Saudi intelligence chief, Turki al-Faisal.… Read More »

On Helping Others To Learn

The questions that can be answered aren’t worth asking. – Milton Mayer As I approached the end of my nearly forty years of law school teaching, friends and colleagues would often ask me when I intended to retire. My answer was always the same: “when it stops being fun to go into the classroom and… Read More »

Will Trump Stop the Foreign Welfare Caravan?

Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since O.J. Simpson and has strategic implications across the Middle East.… Read More »

Creating a Suspect Society

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like. Indeed, every dystopian sci-fi film (and horror film, for… Read More »

Open Access Is the Law in California

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed A.B. 2192, a law requiring that all peer-reviewed, scientific research funded by the state of California be made available to the public no later than one year after publication. EFF applauds Governor Brown for signing A.B. 2192 and the legislature for unanimously passing it—particularly Assemblymember Mark Stone, who introduced the… Read More »