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The Federal Government’s Finances Are a Total Wreck: New at Reason

The federal government’s finances don’t look good, and the biggest liabilities don’t even appear on the official balance sheet. Marc Joffe writes: The federal government’s latest financial statements came out last week and they paint a dire picture of our nation’s fiscal health. It’s not just the annual deficit, which is too large and growing. […]

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Searching for Gun Solutions That Don’t Collectivize Punishment: New at Reason

A gun violence restraining order (GVRO), or sometimes a gun violence protective order, is based on a familiar model: the domestic restraining order. As the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence explains, GVROs “allow families and household members, as well as law enforcement officers, to petition a court to remove a person’s access to […]

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Defending the Enlightenment: New at Reason

In Enlightenment Now, the scientist and philosopher Steven Pinker defends the Enlightenment ideals of liberal democracy, civil liberties, free markets, religious toleration, and free speech. He also warns that political leaders and their intellectual fellow travelers seek power and position by appealing to some of the less admirable “strands of human nature: our loyalty to […]

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A Cure for Mass Shootings Doesn’t Exist: New at Reason

There are no plausible options that offer more than the faintest prospect of preventing the next massacre. Reason Staff|Feb. 18, 2018 11:20 am Angel Valentin/Polaris/NewscomEvery time there is a mass shooting, a chorus goes up: “We must do something to keep this from happening again. We can’t tolerate it any longer.” Revulsion understandably creates a […]

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‘Peace Through Strength’ Is a Racket: New at Reason

The way to achieve peace is not to prepare for war but to reject militarism and empire, and embrace nonintervention. Reason Staff|Feb. 18, 2018 11:01 am JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS/NewscomDonald Trump has embraced the popular “peace through strength” doctrine with his characteristic panache: “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody—absolutely […]

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