No One Owns a Culture

To own something is to have the rights (1) to determine exclusively how it is used, (2) to appropriate exclusively any income or other benefits it yields, and (3) to transfer the foregoing rights to others by sale, gift, or bequest. In this light, it is clear that no one owns a culture, and hence… Read More »

The Victims of Iran Sanctions

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Iranians’ access to medicine is being choked off by the Trump administration’s illegitimate reimposition of sanctions: The number of European and Iranian banks conducting such transactions has dwindled, observers say. The refusal to process payments has alarmed Iranian importers. Some say they fear transactions with outside banks could cease… Read More »

The Victims of Iran Sanctions

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Iranians’ access to medicine is being choked off by the Trump administration’s illegitimate reimposition of sanctions: The number of European and Iranian banks conducting such transactions has dwindled, observers say. The refusal to process payments has alarmed Iranian importers. Some say they fear transactions with outside banks could cease… Read More »

The Legend of Stan Lee: New at Reason

Remy recalls a time when experts were claiming that “Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic-book industry,” and he recounts how Stan Lee took a stand. Click here for full text and downloadable versions. Written and Performed by Remy Video Produced by Meredith and Austin Bragg Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom… Read More »

The Military Is ‘Securing’ a 1,900-Mile Border with 22 Miles of Razor Wire

Skim through the Pentagon’s media site for Operation Faithful Patriot—the fittingly ridiculous name for the deployment of some 7,000 American troops to various spots along the Mexican border—and you’ll see lots of razor wire. There are photos of American troops laying razor wire (technically known as concertina wire) along the California-Mexico border. Of wire being… Read More »

Convicted of Brutally Beating His Wife, This Judge Was Given a Second Chance in City Government. Now He’s Been Arrested for Her Murder: Reason Roundup

Sure, people deserve second chances—but not necessarily on the taxpayer dime or in positions of power and authority over people. Alas, this seems to be a lesson that government offices big and small can’t seem to learn. The latest example comes from Cleveland, where the city’s director of minority business development, Lance Mason, was arrested… Read More »

The Empire Keeps Proving Assange Right

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the Trump administration. This has been revealed by a purportedly accidental copy-paste error in an unrelated court document which used Assange’s name, interestingly not long after it was reported to the Wall Street Journal that federal prosecutors “have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his… Read More »

Witchcraft: The Selfie of the Soul

Like practically everyone else, I look at my phone or turn on my computer as soon as I wake to find out what has happened in the world in my temporary absence from it. You can always tell that nothing much has happened when the headlines are something like (as they were this morning) “Number… Read More »