Jonah raises a very good point that bears emphasizing. All too often, advocates of a given policy position are unwilling to acknowledge that their policy may have negative consequences. This is intellectually sloppy and it can undermine one’s credibility. To use our current example, those of us who advocate an end to drug prohibition do ourselves no favors by ignoring the possibility that that aggregate drug use could increase. We may feel that the benefits of ending prohibition outweigh such risks, but it is disingenuous to pretend that such risks are absent. By the same token, defenders of drug prohibition should acknowledge that such policies increase violent crime, lead to more potent narcotics, and so on. Neither policy is perfect. Even the most ethical policy position will have its costs. All policy choices have both positive and negative consequences. Conservatives and libertarians are quick to point this out when puncturing the prescriptions advanced by our adversaries. We should all remember it when advancing prescriptions of our own.
Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly: This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be ... Read More
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More