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.
MAY 14, 2013 by Lenore Ealy
Even if the Common Core could deliver on its promises, its spread across the country poses a serious threat to the principles of federalism and the habits of self-governance that once produced a flourishing, voluntary society.
All Your Kids Are Belong to Us
JUNE 05, 2013 by Max Borders
A controversial ad claiming that children belong to the community underscores how fully the State education apparatus disrupts the children's education within real families and real communities.
JUNE 06, 2013 by Bruce Yandle
The IRS's targeting of Tea Party groups was only par for the course. All government actions are best viewed as political actions.
MAY 07, 2013 by Eric Boehm
A host of anti-competitive regulations serve funeral directors at the expense of the grieving.
Coca-Cola Confronts the Politics of Obesity
JUNE 03, 2013 by Wendy McElroy
Coca-Cola just became the latest company to knuckle under to public health bullying.
MAY 30, 2013 by B.K. Marcus
Television shows full of bad jokes written for laugh tracks instead of people seem like proof that the market caters to the lowest common denominator. A closer look at the history of the laugh track tells a different story.
MAY 20, 2013 by Jacob Borden
Thanks to regulations at the pump, the price of gasoline has less than ever to do with supply and demand in the oil market, disrupting the market's price-discovery mechanism.
MAY 22, 2013 by Andrew Heaton
Space travel, once the domain of Russian dogs and astronaut golfers, is being taken over by private enterprise and entertainment moguls. And it's fabulous news.
The Power of Habeas Corpus in America
JUNE 07, 2013 by Allen Mendenhall, Anthony Gregory
Anthony Gregory's examination of habeas corpus traces its spotty record, explains how it can manage to produce power rather than restrict it, and puts Foucault to a novel use.
MAY 10, 2013 by Sarah Skwire
The Great Gatsby is full of hollow people living hollow lives without any meaningful connection to each other. And that's exactly the point.
Crony Capitalism and Stadium Funding
JUNE 12, 2013 by Michael Nolan
Stadium funding deals amount to making some people's leisure-time preferences a matter of law, then forcing everyone to transfer money to the already wealthy.
For those in Guantanamo
JUNE 10, 2013 by Philip Metres
Close enough to see only their shadows flickering in distant metal cages
JUNE 20, 2013 by Tarfia Faizullah
What kind of disciple is the girl who learned how to splint her own spine?