June 2014Volume 64, 2014
America's surveillance State has grown far beyond what any of its creators' imagined. In this issue, Wendy McElroy explains that the surveillance State was always more about suppressing dissent than buttressing security. Carl Oberg points out that innumerable nimble innovators have turned the table on the State, while Max Borders wonders if there are enough of them yet to stem the tide. Plus Dan D'Amico discusses the origins and effects of America's mass incarceration, Sandy Ikeda explains why cities can't be designed like art, and much, much more.
Big Brother is not only watching, but gathering more power
MAY 21, 2014 by Wendy McElroy
America's surveillance State has always aimed at social and political control. But the NSA isn't the only story; it might not even be our biggest threat.
APRIL 30, 2014 by Daniel J. D'Amico
America's vast prison population is no easier to fix than it is to stomach. And it's not just a symptom of American society.
Reconsidering the death penalty is a matter of conscience and constitutionality
MAY 12, 2014 by Marc Hyden
The death penalty doesn't work; what's worse, innocent people die.
We don't need nations, flags, and armies to make us prosperous
APRIL 16, 2014 by Michael Munger
Forget the "markets vs. the State" debate. Systems of voluntary cooperation are what build societies and prosperity.
Technology like bitcoin flips the logic of collective action
MAY 19, 2014 by Carl Oberg
The State puts itself at a disadvantage when it attacks bitcoin, the Internet, and other distributed networks: It suddenly bears all the costs of fighting widely distributed benefits.
Dirigisme and corruption for the coming World Cup and Olympic Games
MAY 07, 2014 by Emma Elliott Freire
Brazilians hoped the World Cup and Olympics would be exciting showcases for their country. Thus far, these events have only brought suffering.
Rethinking the science of addiction
MAY 06, 2014 by Cathy Reisenwitz
It's easier to justify your pet policy on drugs if you think of users and addicts as mindless slaves to their addictions. It's also a destructive oversimplification.
In Defense of Thoreau and Walden
APRIL 28, 2014 by Sarah Skwire
Gary North's recent column on Thoreau's Walden argues that the book is a badly written anti-capitalist fake. Sarah Skwire has other ideas.
How the music crusaders of the 80s and 90s lost to the Internet
APRIL 29, 2014 by Chris Kjorness
Music is more crass these days. You have Tipper and Al Gore--and their House of Cards-style political scheming--to thank for it.
MAY 02, 2014 by Michael Nolan
NBA players offer a reminder that we needn't look to the State to inflict costs on odious people.
MAY 21, 2014 by Charlotte Pence
MAY 29, 2014 by Michael Shewmaker
She hears a voice across the water.
And weeping to remember, gowned
in gray, she can't recall her daughter.