Category Archives: Liberty

“This Is a Great Idea”: Consolidate Cabinet-Level Departments

Last night, I appeared on Fox Business’s Kennedy to discuss the Trump administration’s plans to consolidate the Department of Education and Department of Labor into a single operation, move food stamps (SNAP) out of the Department of Agriculture and into Health & Human Services, and related ideas. Overall, these are generally good ideas and definitely… Read More »

Neil Gorsuch Joins Sonia Sotomayor in Questioning the Third-Party Doctrine

As Damon Root noted earlier today, Justice Neil Gorsuch’s dissent from Carpenter v. United States reads more like a concurrence, agreeing with the majority’s conclusion that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone location data but disagreeing with its reasoning. In fact, Gorsuch is bolder than the majority, recommending a broader reconsideration of the doctrine… Read More »

We Are Most Likely Alone in the Universe

“Where are they?” famously asked Italian physicist Enrico Fermi in the 1950s. By “they,” he meant space aliens. Fermi figured that if the galaxy contained space-faring civilizations it would only take them a few tens of millions of years to populate it. So why hasn’t there been a saucer-landing-take-me-to-your leader moment already? This is the… Read More »

Growing Public Employee Benefits to Force School Cuts

By and large, Americans support spending more money on public education and schools. That general rule of thumb comes, however, with a caveat. Americans expect that when they give public schools more money, this will help to fund the education of their children and to support programs that promote their children’s development, such as athletics… Read More »

No, the Sharing Economy Isn’t Dead: New at Reason

For years, we’ve heard about the growth of the sharing economy as online platforms like Uber continue to shape the U.S. economy. But how influential are they really? A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey on alternative work arrangements claims that there are fewer independent contractors today than there were in 2005—back before Uber’s founding.… Read More »

Having an American Identity

Every now and then one encounters an illustration of what’s wrong with conservatism, inc. that’s so egregious that one feels obliged to comment. And this happened to me just the other day! On June 14 Townhall featured an essay in support of John James, the Republican senatorial candidate in Michigan. This commentary almost managed to… Read More »

Bill Clinton Abandoned His Own Son, Danney Williams

The self-proclaimed love child of Bill Clinton has eviscerated the former president on Twitter for showing compassion for the immigrant children separated from their families at the border but abandoning him. Danney Williams, 32, has long claimed that his mother Bobbie Ann, a former prostitute, met Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1984 and became pregnant after… Read More »