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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 11, April

Abuse Revisited: A Feminist Challenges the Conventional Wisdom about Domestic Violence
FOR 15 YEARS or so, a fairly straightforward paradigm has dominated mainstream thinking about domestic violence policies. According to this conventional wisdom, domestic violence should not be treated as a "family problem," the way it often was in...
Balance Sheet
Caissons Rolling The Pentagon admits it needs 30,000 more troops to meet all of its various security commitments around the globe. It took a while, but the honesty is refreshing. Liberating, even. Magic Beans Harvard researchers find coffee...
Belting Utilities: Cracking Down on Clean Air
A WHITE HOUSE initiative to eliminate one of the perverse incentives created by the Clean Air Act has been halted by a federal appeals court. The Bush administration had planned to relax enforcement of "new source review" (NSR) regulations at the end...
Building the Perfect Candidate
As DEVOTEES OF free minds and free markets, we spend our nights pining for a major-party politician who not only looks dreamy while reading a Teleprompter but shows some passion for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and sex, drugs, and rock...
Emotional Choices: What Story You Choose to Believe about Antidepressants Reveals a Deeper Truth about Who You Are
IN MODERN LIFE, we each get to choose how to act and whom to be. This freedom can also be a curse, because we must make our choices based on approaches to doing and being that may be persuasive but are often in conflict. Our choices are centered on...
End the FDA's Monopoly
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) recent bah on dietary supplements containing ephedra shows just how dysfunctional government regulation of drugs and dietary supplements is. Ephedra, according to the FDA, is a naturally occurring substance...
Flower Power: Free the Florists!
ONE DAY LAST year Sandy Meadows, who supervises the floral department at an Albertson's grocery store in Baton Rouge, was helping out at another Albertson's that had lost its florist. An inspector from the Louisiana Horticulture Commission stopped...
Free Play: The Politics of the Video Game
IN 1979 KIDS and their quarters descended on convenience stores and shopping malls to experience the latest in digital entertainment: breaking rocks. The video game Asteroids boasted that its "explosions, laser blasts, [and] fragmentation of space...
Hack Roast: When Citizens Attack ... Reporters
ON NOVEMBER 30, 1999, Al Gore told a high school class in New Hampshire about how, 20 years earlier, a girl their age had informed his congressional office about toxic waste problems in her hometown of Toone, Tennessee. The resulting Capitol Hill hearings,...
Hobbies in Cyberspace: Life in an Online Game World Proves Nasty, Brutish, and Short
When the press learned what had been happening in Alphaville, its band of outsiders began to file breathless reports. The city, they said, had been infected with crime, depravity, and now the heavy hand of censorship: Peter Ludlow, editor of The Alphaville...
In Defense of Drunken Sailors
TO SAY THAT President George W. Bush has been spending money like a drunken sailor is an insult to drunken sailors. After all, when land-starved seamen go on their binges, they spend only their own money, not yours and mine. With very few exceptions--such...
Patriot Spawn: Slipping Down the Slope
WHEN A DRAFT of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act, nick-named PATRIOT II, was leaked last year, public outrage scuppered the proposal. But since then key provisions of the bill have been introduced piecemeal, in what many civil libertarians see...
Playing to the Totalitarian Left: Two Democratic Candidates Appeal to Their Party's "Core"
MY WORTHY OPPONENT TRIES TO COME OFF AS A "PROGRESSIVE" WHEN HE'S ANYTHING BUT ... IN FACT, HE EVEN OPOSES GUN CONTROL. THAT, SIR. IS A GROSS MISINTERPRETATION OF MY RECORD ... [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I SIMPLY EXPRESSED SYMPATHY FOR SOMEONE...
The Deregulator
As head of the Civil Aeronautics Board in the '70s, Alfred Kahn, once an interventionist, opened air travel to competition. In Lesson From Deregulation: Telecommunications and Airlines After the Church, published last year by the AEI-Brookings Joint...
Transcendental Goods: Charles Murray Discusses Art, Accomplishment, Faith, and Doubt
CHARLES MURRAY IS the W.H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. His T984 book Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 was a devastating dissection of welfare programs and is widely credited...
Washington's Biggest Crime Problem: The Federal Government's Ever-Expanding Criminal Code Is an Affront to Justice and the Constitution
MICHAEL PAUL MAHONEY was convicted of selling methamphetamine in 1980 and served 22 months in a Texas prison. Upon his release, he went straight, opening a pool hall in Jackson, Tennessee. After closing up each night, he would deposit the day's receipts...
Why Warming? Climate Change Confidential
THE UNITED Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change claims to have found "new and stronger evidence that most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities." This conclusion is based on improvements in...