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  • Lung Disease Outbreak Caused by Black Market, not Vaping

    August 27, 2019
    News media around the world have picked up on the story of “vaping-linked” hospitalizations. Most have omitted the fact that black market marijuana e-liquid has been identified as the culprit in some of these cases, while not a single case has been linked to nicotine-only e-cigarettes. Interestingly, most of those falling ill are in states where marijuana for recreational use is only available through the black market. 
  • Union Wish List Bill Would Harm Workers and the Economy

    August 27, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a report that analyzes the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2474), which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on in September. The bill overhauls labor relations law and tilts the playing field in favor of unions without regard to the negative consequences on workers, employers, and the economy.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations  

    August 26, 2019
    A humorous diplomatic row over Greenland was not the only news of the week, with China tariffs, divisive rhetoric, and recession fears also putting in appearances. Rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from Death Valley airstrips to Lipochitooligosaccharide.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders Releases $16 Trillion Green New Deal Plan

    August 24, 2019
    On August 22nd, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a 14,000-word plan to implement the Green New Deal—a detailed blueprint to “avert climate catastrophe and create 20 million new jobs.”
  • Washington Post Uses Dubious Data on 'Extreme' Climate Change

    August 24, 2019
    The Washington Post ran a long, complicated story by four reporters on August 14th headlined “Extreme climate change is here.”
  • Antitrust Basics: Think Long Term, Not Just Short Term

    August 23, 2019
    Moore’s Law states that computing power doubles every year and a half or so. An antitrust case against IBM, by contrast, lasted for 13 years, never reached a decision, and was eventually dropped because the original issue had long become obsolete.
  • David Koch (1940-2019), R.I.P.

    August 23, 2019
    Friend, philanthropist, inventor, and industrialist David Koch has died at the age of 79.  He was a father and husband. Known best for his pro-liberty activism and involvement in national politics, he also improved countless lives with more than a billion dollars in philanthropic donations to artistic, cultural, and medical charities. His generosity, optimism, and commitment to a freer world will continue to bear fruit for many generations.
  • Heretics in the Church of Tobacco Control

    August 23, 2019
    ​​​​​​​H.P. Lovecraft opined in 1931 that “if religion were true its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into artificial conformity, but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth ….” Of all the professions in the world, one might think scientists would be most inclined to agree with this sentiment. But, as the case of Dr. Marewa Glover demonstrates, anti-tobacco research has become more religion than science, where anyone who dares to deviate from or even question the prevailing dogma is cast out as a heretic.
  • When Did Conservatives Stop Loving a Free Economy?

    August 22, 2019
    National Review contributor and rage-inducing controversialist Kevin Williamson has a new book out, “The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics,” which covers a lot of big-picture theory on democracy, social psychology, and even theology. For the moment, I’m most interested in what he says about capitalism’s history and its recent evolution (if I may use that biological term).
  • Sealand, from Pirate Radio to Seasteading

    August 21, 2019
    Setting up a sovereign free territory has long been a dream of libertarian mavericks, from the ill-fated Republic of Minerva to the nascent Free Republic of Liberland. Yet arguably none has achieved the longevity of the Principality of Sealand. A major reason for that longevity—and accompanying notoriety—is the fact that Sealand, while perhaps whimsical in its origin, wasn’t merely a utopian experiment.

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