Category Archives: Liberty

Rounding Up the Science Behind the Monsanto Glyphosate Ruling: New at Reason

Last week, a California state court handed down a $289-million verdict against Monsanto, the St. Louis-based agribusiness titan. The massive jury award to plaintiff Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, comes after Johnson and his attorneys argued successfully that his repeated on-the-job use of Monsanto pesticides caused him to develop a terminal case of non-Hodgkin’s… Read More »

Skeptical of the ‘Common Good’? Don’t Be!

This article originally appeared in the August 6 edition of America: The Jesuit Review. I was sitting in a nondescript hotel ballroom, press credential strung around my neck, listening to the opening remarks at a conference in Washington, D.C. On stage, the cartoonishly villainous-sounding Wolf von Laer, the executive director of the group Students for… Read More »

Afghanistan. Graveyard of Empires

After 17 bloody years, the longest war in US history continues without relent or purpose in Afghanistan. There, a valiant, fiercely-independent people, the Pashtun (Pathan) mountain tribes, have battled the full might of the US Empire to a stalemate that has so far cost American taxpayers $4 trillion, and 2,371 dead and 20,320 wounded soldiers. … Read More »

How To Beat a Manipulator

Humans are hackable. Ask any conman. Our desire to think we have control over our lives often hides this from ourselves, but most of us are highly suggestible and hypnotizable. If you think you’re not, you’re in more danger of being hacked than someone who has humbled themselves enough to see how this works in… Read More »

The Last Gasp of a Dying Man

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.” –          The Godfather: Part II The New York Times is out with an interesting pleading: A Free Press Needs You. Answering a call last week from The Boston Globe, The Times is joining hundreds of newspapers, from large metro-area dailies to small local weeklies, to remind readers of the… Read More »

James Madison’s Instruction: Throw a Fit!

What should the average person do when the federal government oversteps its constitutional bounds? Throw a fit! That’s what James Madison recommended when he laid out a blueprint for dealing with unconstitutional federal acts in Federalist #46. He wrote that when the federal government enacts an “unwarrantable measure,” or even a “warrantable measure” that happens… Read More »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bans Reporters From Public Town Halls

Democratic socialist House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned reporters from attending several of her public town hall events this week. Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the political world by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley (D–N.Y.) in June’s Democratic primary, held sessions with constituents of New York’s 14th Congressional District on Sunday and Wednesday. But while she tweeted out some… Read More »

The US Is Aiding and Abetting Saudi Atrocities in Yemen

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. There have been dozens of Saudi coalition airstrikes on civilian vehicles in Yemen this year, and coalition investigations almost never fault coalition forces: The bombing of a bus full of schoolchildren last week was just one of more than 50 airstrikes against civilian vehicles by the Saudi-led coalition in… Read More »