The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the star of yet another cellphone video of an arrest that may have involved excessive force. You can watch the chaotic scene, with officers meeting resistance not just from their target but residents in the area too, below: What did the man on the ground do to attract all those cops toward him to effect an arrest? This is your drug war. He was allegedly seen with a little bit of marijuana (something New York’s progressive apologists insist has been decriminalized in the city). PIX 11 provides details: Police say officers in Bedford Stuyvesant saw 32-year-old Jahmiel Cuffee in possession of a small amount of marijuana on Tuesday night in front of 223 Malcolm
Mises Daily Weekend by Mark Thornton: In this interview, Mark Thornton discusses the future of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency and how both gold and silver and can be part of a return to sound money.
Rand Paul: Republicans Can Only Win if “They Become More Live and Let Live”, Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Paul Detrick. Original release date was July 23, 2014 and original writeup is below. “I think Republicans could only win in general if they become more live and let live,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tells Reason TV at Lincoln Labs’ Reboot Conference, which was held July 18-20 in San Francisco. Paul sat down with Nick Gillespie to talk about the future of the GOP, the need to reach the 80-million-strong Millennial Generation, why having a strong national defense doesn’t mean constant military interventions, and what Washington, D.C. can learn from the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. When asked whether he would
On Tuesday the New York City based smokers’ group Citizens Lobying Against Smoker Harassment filed a lawsuit against the ban on e-cigarettes in restaurants and bars. For more on this topic watch the Reason TV short titled Thank You for Vaping: Libertarian vs. New York City’s E-Cig Ban, originally relased on May 2, 2014. Original text below the video. “[E-cigarettes] are just as important for public health as childhood vaccines, antibiotics, sewer treatment, and water treatment,” says anti-smoking activist Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania. “And [it's] one of the craziest situations because the public health authorities [want to] ban them.” On April 28, 2014, Reason, the Museum of Sex, and Henley Vaporium co-hosted a party to celebrate how e-cigarettes are saving lives—and to
For generations, the American health care debate has focused entirely on one question: “How many people have insurance cards in their wallets?” All discussion has veered toward the demand side of health care, neglecting the supply side. Fortunately, new technologies are poised to radically reshape health care. These innovations offer a chance to shift the conversation from the Fortress of centralized control to the Frontier of innovation. Robert F. Graboyes, senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, provides a four-step plan on how to navigate this shift. View this article.
A federal judge on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying firearms outside the home is unconstitutional. Back in 2012 Reason TV spoke with The Washington Time’s Emily Miller about the numerous issues surrounding D.C.’s onerous gun laws. “Girls, Guns, and The Problem with DC Firearm Laws” was originally released on June 5, 2012. The original text is below. “Gun ownership goes up, crime goes down…that’s how it works,” explains Washington Times senior editor and recent gun owner Emily Miller. After being the victim of a home invasion, Miller was determined to take advantage of the 2008 Supreme Court ruling striking down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban. Miller initially thought the process of purchasing a firearm “would just be a hassle for
Among libertarians and classical liberals, the name Richard Cobden (1804–1865) evokes admiration and applause. His activities — and successes — on behalf of freedom, free markets, and government retrenchment are legendary. Most famously, he cofounded — with John Bright— the Anti–Corn Law League, which successfully campaigned for repeal of the import tariffs on grain. Those trade restrictions had made food expensive for England’s working class while enriching the landed aristocracy. Cobden’s legacy is much appreciated by libertarians, but one aspect of it is largely unknown, writes Sheldon Richman. Cobden’s third daughter and fourth child, Emma Jane Catherine Cobden (later Unwin after she married publisher Thomas Fisher Unwin), carried on his work. Born in 1851, she was a liberal activist worthy of her distinguished father.
Among libertarians and classical liberals, the name Richard Cobden (1804–1865) evokes admiration and applause. His activities — and successes — on behalf of freedom, free markets, and government retrenchment are legendary. Most famously, he cofounded — with John Bright— the Anti–Corn Law League, which successfully campaigned for repeal of the import tariffs on grain. Those trade restrictions had made food expensive for England’s working class while enriching the landed aristocracy. But Cobden did not see free trade in a vacuum. He and Bright linked that cause with their campaign against war and empire, arguing that trade among the people of the world was not just beneficial economically but also conducive to world peace. Unlike other liberals of his time (and since), Cobden understood that free