The State of Food Freedom Around the Globe: New at Reason

Regular readers of Baylen Linnekin’s weekly columns know that food freedom does not happen in a linear fashion. Laws and regulations get better in some parts of America, while worsening in others. It will likely come as no surprise that international food laws reflect this same frustrating dichotomy. There’s the good, which oftentimes takes the… Read More »

1972: The Year That Made 2018 Seem Sane: New at Reason

The early 1970s were a strange, chaotic, terrifying time. Exactly how strange, chaotic, and terrifying has been largely forgotten, to judge from how many Americans on both sides of the Donald Trump divide view our current tensions as unprecedentedly intense. Journalist-historians Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis are not deliberately trying to deliver a message… Read More »

Does the West Have the Courage To Survive?

“If you’re … pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, and if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart, that’s a tough dilemma. … I’d rather be strong.” So said President Donald Trump, on issuing his order halting the separation of children from parents caught breaking into the… Read More »

Don’t Cry for Me, Rachel Maddow

The latest artificial hysteria cranked up by the Offendedness Cartel — re: detention of juvenile illegal immigrants — is the most nakedly sentimental appeal yet by the party out-of-power, a.k.a. “the Resistance.” I have a solution: instead of holding these children in some sort of jail-like facility until their identity can be sorted out, just… Read More »

Do You Feel Vulnerable in Your Own Home?

If the current climate leaves you feeling abandoned and defenseless, the Shooter’s Bible Guide to Home Defense can put you on the path to becoming a proud sentry at the gates of your castle. Firearm expert Roger Eckstine examines how to evaluate the premises, how to choose various security systems, and how to safely interact with aggressors… Read More »

Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind… Read More »

Victory! Supreme Court Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Cell Phone Tracking

The Supreme Court handed down a landmark opinion today in Carpenter v. United States, ruling 5-4 that the Fourth Amendment protects cell phone location information. In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court recognized that location information, collected by cell providers like Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, creates a “detailed chronicle of a person’s physical… Read More »

Illinois Declines to Adopt Proposed Arbitrary Drone Surveillance of Protests

Observers often forget that surveillance offends not only privacy, but also the right to dissent. A recently defeated Illinois bill illustrates how First and Fourth Amendment rights intersect, by proposing to undermine the right to dissent not obliquely, but rather directly. That’s why EFF joined the successful fight to defeat this spying proposal. The proposal, promoted… Read More »

Journalists and Digital Security: Some Thoughts on the NYT Leak Case

The leak investigation involving a Senate staffer and a New York Times reporter raises significant issues about journalists, digital security, and the ability of journalists to protect confidential sources. The New York Times recently revealed that the FBI had been investigating a former aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, for possibly leaking classified… Read More »