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  • VIDEO: Operation Choke Point Sets Dangerous Precedent

    February 7, 2019
    Our friends at the Federalist Society have an interesting new video out on legal businesses being targeted for government harassment because their products have become politically unpopular. These tactics were notoriously employed by the Obama-era “Operation Choke Point,” but could be deployed in the future against any industry that attracts the ire of federal bureaucrats. 
  • VIDEO: Thanos Was Wrong about Humanity

    February 1, 2019
    Our friends at the American Enterprise Institute have a great video series in which they explain important issues, each in only 60 seconds. A very-short format like this can do wonders to help clarify one’s argument and stay focused on only the most relevant aspects of an issue. I experimented with a similar, not-quite-as-short video format long ago (in the early days of YouTube) with The Simpleton’s Guide.
  • VIDEO: Pacific Legal Foundation Stands up for Freedom of Falconry

    January 25, 2019
    Falconry has a long and noble heritage. During most of that time, however, it has been heavily regulated. In Medieval England, for example, only people belonging to certain social classes were allowed to keep and hunt with bird of prey, and certain species of birds were considered appropriate only for holders of certain noble titles. Though we in the present-day United States may live in a far more egalitarian society, the practice of falconry still comes with onerous rules. The new video below from the Pacific Legal Foundation explains a lawsuit they are pursing to challenge those restrictions.
  • VIDEO: Lower Shipping Costs, Repeal the Jones Act

    January 18, 2019
    The Jones Act, originally passed in 1920, is a law that requires ships that service U.S. ports to be entirely U.S. owned and operated. This protectionist measure unnecessarily increases costs on American consumers (and producers), especially in places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii, which depend on ocean-shipped cargo for much of their consumer goods.
  • VIDEO: What Beer Can Teach Us about Well-Crafted Laws

    January 11, 2019
    Our friends at the Federalist Society have released a fun and informative new short film on the history of beer and alcohol regulation. 
  • The Legacy of Economist Harold Demsetz (1930-2019)

    January 8, 2019
    Economist Harold Demsetz, a Chicago school theorist who was one of the pioneers of the approach now called New Institutional Economics, had died. The former University of Chicago and UCLA professor was 88 years old. See comments from Competitive Enterprise Institute staff below.
  • A Free-Market Agenda for the 116th Congress

    January 8, 2019
    After a contentious election season, we look forward to the nation’s elected representatives rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. Divided party control in the 116th Congress will mean that negotiation and compromise will be the order of the day. As previous sessions of divided government have taught us, however, valuable reform is still possible under these conditions.
  • Iconic NYC Bookstore Owner Pleads: Don't Landmark My Property

    January 4, 2019
    Our friends at Reason have been following a fascinating story unfolding in New York City, in which a business owner is trying to fend off what many people would consider to be a high honor: the designation of her building as a historic landmark.
  • VIDEO: What Qualifies as a 'Water' of the United States?

    December 28, 2018
    Our friends at the Regulatory Transparency Project have created a great new video to help explain the legal impact of the Clean Water Act and the subsequent Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations. 
  • 5 Myths about E-cigarettes and Public Health

    December 13, 2018
    My colleague Michelle Minton recently released an excellent new study on the health impact of e-cigarettes and why some people are misrepresenting the risks involved (watch Michelle’s interview with Reason TV’s John Stossel on the topic here). The full study, complete with all of the details and end notes, is 100 pages long, however, so for readers looking for the short version, we’ve prepared a blog summary and the infographic below.

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