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Cathy Reisenwitz is a D.C.-based writer. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and her writing has appeared in The Week, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, VICE Motherboard, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo and other publications.

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What the Theranos Debacle Reveals about Government Regulation

How odd that the “uniquely rigorous” FDA reviewed Theranos’s finger-stick blood-test technology and underlying testing system, yet didn’t catch that they don’t work. Despite the fact that the FDA scrutinized her company’s systems in-depth, from collection devices and software to analytics and methodology, some people are still going to look at this debacle and call for more government oversight. This is not just the wrong approach, but a dangerous one.

- October 21, 2016

This is How the Obamacare Story Will End

The only possible outcomes for Obamacare are extremely onerous taxes, healthcare rationing, or both.

- August 17, 2016

Protectionism Will Not Relieve the Plight of the Working Class

The working class is struggling. Protectionism will only worsen their plight.

- August 04, 2016

Afraid of Technology? Here's the One Rule to Follow

Hold onto your shoes, luddites, because now Facebook's got drones. But the company isn’t dropping bombs or mixtapes – it's dropping internet connectivity. Not everyone is thrilled.

- July 27, 2016

Technology is Making Us Less Lonely, Not More

Pokemon GO is actually alleviating loneliness and depression.

- July 13, 2016

Apps Are Doing What Government Can’t to Help Low-Income Americans Stay Healthy

When it comes to who’s helping Americans afford their healthcare, don’t look to the guys in suits in Washington, look at the guys in hoodies in the San Francisco Bay.

- July 07, 2016

Think Gays Don't Need Gun Rights? Check Your Privilege

Gun control puts marginalized Americans at the utter mercy of a police force that has perpetrated thousands of violent raids of gay nightclubs, yet could do absolutely nothing to stop the massacre in Orlando.

- June 28, 2016

New York State’s Airbnb Ban Demonstrates How Regulation Actually Works

The New York State Senate recently effectively banned Airbnb in the state. This is a result of pure rent seeking on the part of the hotel industry and will leave consumers considerably worse off.

- June 22, 2016

How to Boost Drug Company Profits without Hurting Poor Americans

Drug companies are lobbying against a small drug discount program, but they should be focusing on the real problem with pharmaceuticals: the FDA.

- May 17, 2016

Walking the Red-Light District

Criminalizing prostitution simply doesn't help anyone involved—especially those vulnerable to trafficking.

- July 22, 2014

Drug Addicts As Rational Actors

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.

- May 06, 2014

Profiting Off of the Children

Misspent public education funding is a serious problem. But worrying that the profit motive will somehow make this worse ignores the solution—and all of the data.

- April 03, 2014

The Feminism of Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises was a feminist when even the most revolutionary cultural center of his day denied women their full suite of rights. His act of intellectual entrepreneurship should remain an inspiration today. 

How the Silk Road Shutdown Makes Everyone Less Safe

Silk Road was a force for peaceful exchange, and it helped mitigate black market violence. The site also helped ensure the quality of the products traded there. Now that it's been shut down, does that mean lower quality products and more violence?

- October 07, 2013

To Catch a Whistle-Blower

The U.S. government's pursuit of Edward Snowden falls in line with a disturbing trend that only enables further violations of our rights. 

- June 25, 2013

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