The Business of Government Is Hysteria

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run

Did watching today’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions make you wanna go full anarchist? There’s a good reason why: Senate Judiciary Committee members, even while putatively cross-examining the next top law enforcement official in the land, kept on asking him to ratify their hysterical versions of reality in order to further aggrandize government power. Even while occasionally criticizing Sessions for not agreeing to roll back previous hysteria-induced federal overreaches.

As I argue in the L.A. Times:

“I would like to begin,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said to Sessions, “with the second largest criminal industry in this country, which is now — believe it or not, by revenues produced — human sex trafficking.” […]

In order for “human sex trafficking” to be the second largest criminal industry in the United States, it would at minimum need to supplant illegal narcotics (roughly $100 billion a year, according to

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