"After all, where would we be without the knowledge that Democrats are pinko-communist flag-burners who want to tax churches and use the money to fund abortions so they can use the fetal stem cells to create pot-smoking lesbian ATF agents who will steal all the guns and invite the UN to take over America? Voters have to decide whether we’d be better off electing Republicans, those hateful, assault-weapon-wielding maniacs who believe that George Washington and Jesus Christ incorporated the nation after a Gettysburg reenactment and that the only thing wrong with the death penalty is that it isn’t administered quickly enough to secular humanist professors of Chicano studies."
The Cato Institute's unique amicus brief
to the Supreme Court in the Dreihaus
political speech case is a defense of "truthiness", mocking and satire which it contends "are as old as America, and if this Court doesn’t believe amici, it can ask Thomas Jefferson, 'the son of a half-breed squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.'”
USA PATRIOT is up for renewal
again. Tim Nichols of the Independent Examiner reports that "nobody notices" as Mike Rogers (R-MI) floats the renewal
. As we noted last year
during another quiet renewal, this is not the first time the Obama administration has been confronted with the idea. While groups as disparate as the Cato Institute
and the Randolph Bourne Institute
speak out against the possibility, mainstream media sources seem uninterested
Who Needs Government? Over at Cato Unbound, Peter Leeson gives a spirited defense of self-government
, which is followed by a number of responses from scholars
, including a rebuttal by Leeson
. Check the sidebar on this issue's front page
for more discussion.
Why are American voters reluctant
to support free market
policies when professional economists have achieved near-consensus
? Bryan Caplan of the Cato Institute investigates
Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report
], full table [PDF, p.13
Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the USA. Losers:
Zimbabwe, Myanmar and the Congos. How free are you?
And why does it matter anyway? (PDF
Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America. Radley Balko
(also mentioned here
) has released a year long study of the militarization of police departments
across the United States. Cato
has a corresponding interactive map
to track and filter botched paramilitary raids.
From the Cato Institute
comes this paper exploring the best choices for law on the red planet when colonization
Mars is a case of what political theorists would call a perfect state of nature. No one lives on Mars. No one currently has legal title to any part of Mars. On what basis then can Mars be exploited by individuals or consortia?
Of course, Kim Stanley Robinson
has already explored this subject
in his ground-breaking Martian trilogy
Doomsayers refuted yet again,
this time by the United Nations
and the Institute for International Studies, who independently released studies declaring that humanity is, for the most part, in the best condition it’s ever been. (Former MeFi-er DenBeste comments here
.) With more and more studies reaching similar conclusions as Bjørn Lomborg
's "Skeptical Environmentalist" and the CATO Institute's "It's Getting Better All the Time"
, I'm on my way to buy myself a new pair of shades. The future does indeed look bright!