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Gene Sharp, RIP: The Man Who Tried to Take the Violence Out of War

The first interview I did with Gene Sharp was for a foreign-policy roundtable back in 2003. He wrote afterward to say he mostly liked the piece but I should please not call him a pacifist again. This took me by surprise. Sharp, who died last …

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The Pernicious Myth of ‘Chain Migration’

President Donald Trump’s war on immigration is in full-blown mission creep. No longer does he only want to throw “bad hombres” out. He’s even targeting immigrants who pose no security threat to the country. And recently, he has become preoccupied with so-called chain migration. “CHAIN …

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The Pernicious Myth of ‘Chain Migration’: New at Reason

President Donald Trump’s war on immigration is in full-blown mission creep. No longer does he only want to throw “bad hombres” out. He’s even targeting immigrants who pose no security threat to the country. And recently, he has become preoccupied with so-called chain migration. “CHAIN …

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Court strikes down exclusion of anti-gay speaker from open-to-the-public Pride Festival

Private organizations often get a permit to put on events on public streets or in a public park, and open the event to the public generally. When that happens, courts generally don’t let the police eject people who go to the event to express their …

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Brickbat: Drive On

Planning officials in Peterborough, New Hampshire, are considering banning all drive-through windows. The town already bans drive-throughs at restaurants. Now, the planning board is looking at extending the ban to banks and pharmacies. Continue Reading....

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“Change Is Good” and Other Lessons from the “Heroic Era of the Internet”: Podcast

“[Donald] Trump is a refreshing reminder that the guy that’s in the White House is another human being,” says Louis Rossetto, the co-founder of Wired and author of the new book Change Is Good: A Story of the Heroic Era of the Internet. “The power …

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“The Nunes Memo Is All Smoke, No Fire”

Yesterday’s New York Times published my op-ed on the Nunes memo. It begins: The #Memo has been released. This document from House Republicans promises to detail government abuses surrounding 2016 election surveillance. But the memo is more confusing than illuminating. It doesn’t so much provide …

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“Selective Surveillance Outrage” and “Situational Libertarianism” Isn’t Good Enough, Congress!

Over at The Washington Examiner, Jim Antle has a sharp column up about the disturbing “situational libertarianism” and “selective surveillance outrage” that grips Congress every so often like Pazuzu took over Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist. When it comes to “the memo” released by Rep. …

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America’s Secret Death Penalty Drugs: New at Reason

In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than …

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You’re Not Going to Die in a Plane Crash: New at Reason

It’s extremely difficult—indeed, nearly impossible—to get yourself killed while traveling on an American airline these days. The last fatal accident on a U.S. commercial passenger airline was in 2009, when a Continental Connection flight crashed into a house near Buffalo, killing 49 people aboard and …

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