Why take seriously San Francisco's declaration that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terror group? Walter Olson explains.
A few Democratic candidates running for President have flagged the police protection known as qualified immunity as worthy of reform. Clark Neily discusses the various criminal justice proposals offered by Democratic White House hopefuls.
Ending or sharply curtailing U.S.-led wars across the globe has popular support. How should that energy translate to action? Stephen Wertheim is a cofounder of the new Quincy Institute.
What opportunities for better foreign policy emerge in John Bolton's departure from the White House? Eric Gomez and Chris Preble comment.
Lyman Stone argues that, yes, even libertarians should care about the policies that affect fertility rates. Stone is a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies.
Are school choice advocates indifferent to segregation? Neal McCluskey counters the new/old argument against school choice.
There may be some benefit to expanding the pay rates at which workers are eligible for overtime, but Ryan Bourne argues those benefits will be short term.
A presidential tweet ordered American companies to begin looking away from China for trade. What's the legal basis for such a claim? Gene Healy comments.
What do conservatives think of the emerging nationalist conservatism that rejects much of recent decades of conservative and libertarian thinking? Richard Reinsch of Law and Liberty gives his assessment.
Are property rights the enemy of conservation? Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.
Johnson & Johnson went to court to fight claims of its contribution to the "public nuisance" of the opioid crisis. They lost. Walter Olson discusses what public nuisance torts mean for future litigation.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has altered Obama-era federal housing rules. What does that mean for making housing more affordable and plentiful? Emily Hamilton of the Mercatus Center comments.
Leading Democratic presidential contenders want the feds to bail out students with school debt. What about the young people who made more modest choices? Christian Barnard of the Reason Foundation comments.
A case in federal court challenge the Trump Administration over steel tariffs. Cato's Simon Lester and Will Yeatman comment.
Are rules governing housing finance setting the stage for the next crash? If so, what ought to change? Diego Zuluaga comments.
Like the promise of Medicare cuts, the so-called "Cadillac Tax" on health plans was probably never going to last long. David Hyman explains why.
Nationalist conservatives like Oren Cass are pushing industrial policy. Ryan Bourne says the case for this manufacturing-focused industrial policy is weak.
A British Parlimentarian suggests giving British citizenship to people in Hong Kong. Is it a good idea, and what would be the likely impacts? Chris Preble and Alex Nowrasteh comment.
How might the protests in Hong Kong end? Can Hong Kong residents expect China to back down or accept reasonable protections for civil liberties? Doug Bandow comments.
An assault in Manhattan leads a prosecutor to get a warrant for cellphone location data from Google. Is this how it's supposed to work? Julian Sanchez comments.
Are China's moves to prop up the RMB more than a reaction to Trump Administration tariffs? Cato's Dan Ikenson comments.
Nationalism largely rejects individualism, and conservative nationalism is no different. Historian Anthony Comegna argues that "national purpose" is at best a misnomer.
When public officials or those running for office call out the political donations of people they don't like, what's the goal? Is it merely to shame them? Walter Olson comments.
The Department of Homeland Security finalized a regulation this week that bans “public charges” from receiving legal status in the United States, a sweeping change. David Bier comments on the likely consequences for immigration.
A new Cato policy analysis makes the case for ending America's longest war. John Glaser is co-author of that report.
For the crime of working in the U.S. without relevant paperwork, workplace immigration raids are a great way for the feds to project power and punish consensual work arrangements. Problem is that they aren't very effective at dealing with illegal immigration. Cato's David Bier comments.
The FBI, Facebook, and the Federal Trade Commission need to have a talk about what it means to "secure user data.” The FBI wants to engage in more surveillance and the FTC wants Facebook to do a better job protecting user data from outsiders. Matthew Feeney comments on a new fight over surveillance and Facebook user privacy.
The ideologies that drove mass killings in Texas and Ohio are still not totally clear, but how valuable is it to know that information? Should all mass killings be characterized as terrorism? Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Most neat and clean solutions to the problem of gun violence have significant problems. Trevor Burrus comments.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) says social media is addictive and Big Tech hasn’t done much for the public interest lately. What should that mean for government regulation of big tech? Ryan Bourne and Matthew Feeney comment.
Elizabeth Warren's priorities for trade agreements may differ from the current President, but the final result may simply be less liberalized trade. Dan Ikenson and Simon Lester comment.
When Congress delegates its regulatory authority, the regulators take the ball and run. How should Congress reengage with its essential oversight functions with respect to regulation? Will Yeatman comments.
The aims of national conservatism (or conservative nationalism) will differ based on who you ask, but it rejects a great deal of the conservatism of the last few decades, and libertarian thinking is among the ideologies in its crosshairs. Aaron Ross Powell and Stephanie Slade discuss why it should be taken seriously.
What are the users of Google, Facebook, and Twitter due, exactly? If anti-conservative bias exists on big speech platforms, is federal law or the Constitution on the side of the conservatives? Matthew Feeney comments.
How does a Director of National Intelligence do a good job? Julian Sanchez discusses the new nominee for the job, Rep. John Ratcliffe.
New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long supported relatively open immigration. The U.S. should take note. Alex Nowrasteh explains.
As the United States adjusts to a changing global balance of power, nuclear deterrence is poised to return to a level of importance in U.S. national security not seen since the end of the Cold War. What are the emerging issues in nuclear weaponry and global power that policymakers should consider? Caroline Dorminey and Eric Gomez are editors of America’s Nuclear Crossroads.
The tensions between what wealthy westerners want for and from Africa and what actual Africans want is coming into increasing tension. Catherine Semcer of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.
What are the risks of downplaying North Korea's latest warning in the form of missile launches? As diplomacy with North Korea moves forward, how should the U.S. view the North's provocations? Eric Gomez comments.
As the President and Congress push through another massive, debt-laden budget, deficits and debt continue to pile up. Chris Edwards discusses what might trigger an American debt crisis.
The tiff between workers for the Bernie Sanders campaign and the campaign leadership illustrates some of the tradeoffs inherent in mandating wage floors. Ryan Bourne is author of a new paper on minimum wage hikes and bad justifications for them.
Small incidents can magnify a tense U.S. situation with Iran. How should the Trump Administration proceed to lower tensions? Doug Bandow comments.
As civil discourse falters in the United States, House Democrat Zoe Lofgren and House independent Justin Amash discuss the process of lawmaking with Cato's Jeff Vanderslice. This was recorded on Capitol Hill at the Cato Institute's #SphereSummit held this week.
Species recovery is a key goal of the Endangered Species Act. So why are recovering species so rarely removed from the list? Brian Yablonski of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.
Conservations are not a part of the conversation when it comes time to lease federal lands. Should that change? Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.
Montana parents want to use a scholarship tax credit program to send their kids to religious schools. Montana’s high court says no. The Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue this term. Erica Smith with the Institute for Justice comments.
Chinese tech company Huawei is widely perceived to pose a threat to US national security. Considering the high costs of mitigating that threat the way US policy makers seem to be demanding, the US public first should be convinced that the threat is dire and that the prescribed measures are necessary. Dan Ikenson comments.
Justin Amash's departure from the GOP means the continued fracturing of anti-war conservatives and libertarians. Jim Antle of The American Conservative comments.
There is no credible way to conclude that the United States is not at war. Ah, but "endless war" Is another thing altogether, right? Gene Healy comments.
The Community Reinvestment Act should be scrapped wholesale. Failing that, it should be dramatically restructured. Diego Zuluaga is author of "The Community Reinvestment Act in the Age of Fintech and Bank Competition."
The Kisor case decided recently by the Supreme Court reined in so-called "Auer deference," but what changes about regulating going forward? Will Yeatman comments.
A Supreme Court challenge implicating state-level Blaine Amendments and Democrats' revival of school busing as an issue could force a real conversation about educational freedom. Neal McCluskey comments.
Rights precede government. That's the core of the American founding, and George F. Will argues that it's worth preserving. His new book is The Conservative Sensibility.
The President's decision to flex military hardware at an Independence Day celebration is at odds with a commemoration of liberty. Chris Preble comments.
One of the ways Chicago is special is the way in which all power appears to flow out of the mayor's office. It causes massive and relatively intractable problems. It's not a problem of personalities, but of structure. Ed Bachrach and Austin Berg are authors of The New Chicago Way.
In the land of the free, how has U.S. militarism changed domestic policing? Chris Coyne and Abigail Hall are authors of Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism.
Opportunity Zones are a part of the 2017 tax bill, but who benefits? And how is it appropriate to single out some places for special investment tax breaks? Chris Edwards comments.
In an attempt to take on what he calls "censorship" on big speech platforms online, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) would prefer to effectively compel big tech firms to secure federal licenses to operate. John Samples comments.
Many young protestors on college campuses appear intent on achieving something new: Ending campus debate on controversial ideas. Robby Soave is author of Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump.
Congress can't just delegate all of its duties away. Where should the line be drawn? In Gundy, the Supreme Court turned away a challenge to one particular Congressional delegation, but new challenges are coming. Trevor Burrus and Ilya Shapiro comment on the case.
Many of the trade restrictions imposed by the White House have been accompanied by concerns over national security. Simon Lester is coauthor of a new paper detailing how this rationale can and has been abused.
A new currency offered by Facebook among others stands to be a substantial financial innovation, but important elements about the sort-of cryptocurrency have yet to be revealed. Diego Zuluaga comments.
The Supreme Court has given new life to a large exception to a Constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy. Ilya Shapiro and Clark Neily discuss the Gamble case.
Nearly two decades ago, one Congress voted once to strike back against those who perpetrated 9/11. Now that same legal authority is enabling a push to take the U.S. to war with Iran. Gene Healy comments.
In Manhattan Community Access Corporation v. Halleck, the Supreme Court affirms that private platforms are not state actors, and are therefore not subject to First Amendment constraints. Trevor Burrus comments.
Legal immigration is becoming more challenging. David Bier explains how in a new paper.
Remember MySpace? What about Kodak? These companies seemed to be unstoppable monopolies. So what happened? Ryan Bourne is author of the new Cato paper, "Is This Time Different? Schumpeter, the Tech Giants, and Monopoly Fatalism."
Postal banking offered in financial reform legislation is a solution to a problem created by current interventions in the banking sector. So says Cato's Todd Zywicki.
Bob Gunter's Koloa Rum is extremely expensive to ship to the mainland U.S., all thanks to the Jones Act.
What makes modernity persist? When do efforts to perfect modernity undermine it? Stephen Davies is author of The Wealth Explosion.
When does the SEC make a decision to go after a particular cryptocurrency offering? What standards apply? The case of Kik and its related crypto offering, Kin, isn't yielding any answers. Diego Zuluaga comments.
What are the important lessons from Islam's inward turn centuries ago? Mustafa Akyol comments.
Is the president's assertion of authority to unilaterally lay a five-percent tariff on all Mexican goods authorized under law and the Constitution? Gene Healy comments.
Senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has presented a broad economic plan that includes a shift in priorities for trade under the banner of "economic patriotism." Simon Lester comments.