Daniel J. Bier

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SWAT’s Military Tactics Put Cops at Risk

OCTOBER 01, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

The overuse of SWAT is based on a false dilemma between keeping cops safe and turning them into an army.

Feature

Overkill: Militarizing America

Why are police arming for war in a time of relative safety?

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

The facts about officer safety do not justify the unprecedented force and weaponry that cops are displaying today. It's time to demilitarize the police.

Blog

By the Numbers: Is Private Gun Ownership Responsible for Police Militarization?

AUGUST 21, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

Are private guns to blame for police militarization and racial tensions with cops?

Blog

By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop?

AUGUST 19, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

Despite what supporters of police militarization claim, being a cop doesn't require increasingly deadly kit. It's not even particularly dangerous.

Blog

Reefer Madness 2014

A WaPo columnist uses curious logic in defense of the drug war

JUNE 26, 2014 by DANIEL J. BIER

The most recent defense of the drug war tries to shift the burden of proof while ignoring prohibition's impact on everyone's rights and security.

CURRENT ISSUE

December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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