July/August 2013Volume 63, 2013
The pursuit of power consumes the political classes, of course, but as the State grows, its power only becomes more desirable. Accordingly, our lives are increasingly defined by the exercise of government power. In this issue we examine some of the many abuses of power that have become almost routine: Bruce Yandle discusses the predictable use of the IRS to target political opponents, Michael Nolan takes a look at building stadiums with tax dollars, Lenore Ealy says the Common Core is just more centralization in education, and editor Max Borders walks us through an ideology that says the State owns your children. In our reviews, Allen Mendenhall discusses a new book that casts an unflattering light on habeas corpus. We also consider some alternatives to power: Tom Bell discusses a new kind of limited democracy and we have a conversation with Oliver Porter, whose public-private partnerships are shrinking city governments around the world.