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Your Guide to the NAFTA Renegotiation

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been a source of controversy since well before its implementation in 1994.  It was the first trade agreement involving the United States and a “developing” country, so it raised concerns that a giant sucking sound from south of the border would hoover up U.S. Show More Summary

What Will Happen If Trump Kills DACA: A Timeline of Expiration

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump claimed that he would cancel President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows young unauthorized immigrants—known as “Dreamers”—to live temporarily without fear of removal and work legally. Show More Summary

Stopping the President from Going Nuclear

Add yesterday’s rage-spasm of a press conference to the growing list of reasons reasonable people are inclined to worry about Donald Trump’s proximity to nuclear weapons. In addition to what it suggested about Trump’s moral compass (“Very...Show More Summary

The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism

I am pleased to announce that this week the Cato Institute published the Encyclopedia of Libertarianism online, unabridged, and unpaywalled.  The Encyclopedia was my first project at Cato, and if you ask me its current format is exactly where it belongs. Show More Summary

DOL Fiduciary Rule: It's Not Always Fun to be Right

When the Department of Labor (DoL) rolled out its fiduciary duty rule last year, I (and others) noted that its likely effect would be to harm the very people it purports to protect.  Unfortunately, it seems I was right. The rule is intended...Show More Summary

Senate Bill Mandates More Border Surveillance

An anonymous source sent an advanced copy of S.1757, otherwise known as the “Building America’s Trust Act,” to Ars Technica. If passed as written, the bill would dramatically expanded surveillance at the border and ports of entry, putting the privacy of immigrants and citizens alike at risk. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Show More Summary

Does Liberty Need the State?

Writing at the Niskanen Center, Samuel Hammond has some harsh words for libertarians. It’s a short step, he says, from anti-statism to some particularly ugly forms of nationalism: The appeal of white nationalism to libertarian anti-statists should not be surprising. Show More Summary

Republicans Embrace Bad Economics and Bad Policy

To be blunt, Republicans are heading in the wrong direction on fiscal policy. They have full control of the executive and legislative branches, but instead of using their power to promote Reaganomics, it looks like we’re getting a reincarnation...Show More Summary

Charters—But Not Private Choice—Take A Spill

The annual Education Next gauge of public opinion on numerous education issues is out, and as always it offers lots to contemplate, including special questions this year on the “Trump effect.” I won’t hit everything, just what I seeShow More Summary

Anti-Paper Prophet: Comments on The Curse of Cash

Kenneth S. Rogoff stands out as the advocate of restricting hand-to-hand currency who has argued the case most comprehensively and probably the most cautiously. I critically reviewed his recent book, The Curse of Cash, in the July 2017 issue of Econ Journal Watch. Show More Summary

Neither Florists Nor Bakers Should Be Forced to Participate in Same-Sex Weddings

While same-sex couples ought to be able to get marriage licenses—if the state is involved in marriage at all—a commitment to equality under the law can’t justify the restriction of private parties’ constitutionally protected rights like...Show More Summary

Terrorism Deaths and Injuries by Ideology: Excluding the Outlier Attacks

My recent blog post on the deaths and injuries caused by terrorists according to their motivating ideologies sheds some light on how frequent attacks like Charlottesville occur. I found that there were 3,350 total murders on U.S. soil caused by terrorists from 1992 through August 12, 2017. Show More Summary

How Do Police View The Neo-Nazi/White Supremacist Threat?

Two years ago, researchers at Duke University, drawing on a survey they conducted with police departments around the country through the Police Executive Research Forum, published a study on police perceptions of the domestic terrorist threat. Show More Summary

A Dozen Times Trump Equated his Travel Ban with a Muslim Ban

Last week, the Trump administration filed its merits brief in the Supreme Court case over his executive order suspending all travel and immigration from six African and Middle Eastern countries. On Twitter, President Trump has been insistent...Show More Summary

A Monetary Policy Primer, Part 11: Last-Resort Lending

So far, throughout this primer, I’ve claimed that central banks have one overarching task to perform:  their job, I said, is to “regulate the overall availability of liquid assets, and through it the general course of spending, prices,...Show More Summary

Diverted Educational Resources = Higher Student Achievement?

Education scholars such as Richard Kahlenberg from The Century Foundation claim that since school choice programs “divert important resources away from the public schools,” children left behind in traditional public schools could be negatively impacted academically. Show More Summary

Terrorism Deaths by Ideology: Is Charlottesville an Anomaly?

Three people were murdered in a likely terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday when a suspected white nationalist named Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a group of protesters. Prominent people on both sides of the political spectrum have condemned the politically motivated violence. Show More Summary

To Apply the Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age, Go Back to Its Text

Timothy Carpenter and Timothy Sanders were convicted in federal court on charges stemming from a string of armed robberies in and around the Detroit area. They appealed on the ground that the government had acquired detailed recordsShow More Summary

Which Are the Largest Federal Agencies?

The federal government spends more than $4 trillion a year on programs in hundreds of agencies. Which are the largest agencies, and how fast are they growing? You can find out using the charting tool at Show More Summary

A Different Angle on Google Employee Privacy

Can we talk about the story of whether Google, a company entrusted with everyone else’s personal secrets, should let its own employees’ confidential data be thrown open to the scrutiny of a vengeful world in the course of trying to show that its workplace is not rife with discrimination? No, not that Google story. Show More Summary

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