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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 1, May

Baiting out the Bail System: It's Time to Rethink How We Deal with Defendants Awaiting Trial
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVERY DAY in America, the personal liberty of thousands rests upon a technology originally created in the Middle Ages. No, not semi-automatic sporting rifles, those came later. I'm talking about bail. As early as the 11th...
Checks Threaten Gun Rights: Why "Better Enforcement" of Current Restrictions Is a Bad Idea
"To MAKE SURE those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns," President Barack Obama said in January, Congress should mandate background checks not just for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers, as current law requires,...
Down the Drain: How the Federal Government Flushed Away the $833 Billion Stimulus
IF You WANT TO SEE where a little bit of your $833 billion stimulus went, head south from St. Louis on Interstate 44 until you reach the Mark Twain National Forest. On March 13, 2009, less than a month after President Barack Obama signed the American...
How Government Killed the Medical Profession: As Health Care Gets More Bureaucratic, Will Doctors Go Galt?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I AM A GENERAL SURGEON with more than three decades in private clinical practice. And I am fed up. Since the late 1970s I have witnessed remarkable technological revolutions in medicine, from CT scans to robot-assisted surgery....
No Skills? No Problem! the Economic Case for Welcoming Low-Skilled Immigrants
As COMPREHENSIVE immigration reform rockets toward the top of Washington's to-do list, a surprising consensus has emerged around the idea that the United States can and should offer more visas to highly educated, highly skilled, and highly paid immigrants....
Our Pasts, Ourselves
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lewis Lapham is the editor of Lapham's Quarterly, which he founded after ending a decades-long stint as editor of Harper's in 2006. The glossy magazine mixes new essays with historical works, focusing on Western history and...
Regulatory Costs Soar: Expensive New Federal Rules
DURING THE last four years, President Barack Obama occasionally has tried to cast himself as a deregulator, or at least as someone interested in slimming down and streamlining federal regulations. But the numbers tell a different story. In 2011...
Serious about Limiting Government?
After the 1994 mid-term elections, Republicans took over the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades. In the wake of President Bill Clinton's failed attempt to overhaul the nation's health care system, they vowed to cut government...
Short on Ammo: N.Y. Gun Controls
AFTER THE December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many politicians clamored for more gun control, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was quicker than the rest. Cuomo pushed new restrictions through the state legislature...
Stimulus Jobs Vanish! the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Failed to Create Lasting Employment
SARAH HATED having to fire 18 employees at once, but she simply could not afford their salaries anymore. Her small business had received a $1.4 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to run a job training program in Arizona,...
Stop Demonizing Preppers: There's More to This American Subculture Than You Think
MY FRIEND Ceredwyn Alexander lives on a homestead in the mountains of Vermont. Her family raises a lot of their own food, from chickens to cabbage, and they heat their home with wood they chop themselves. They worry about peak oil. They try not to...
The Death of Contrarianism: The New Republic Returns to Its Progressive Roots as a Cheerleader for State Power
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE SPRING of 2007, two era-defining liberal opinion journalists-up-and-coming self-styled "wonk" Ezra Klein, then just 22 years old, and "neoliberalism"...
The End of Power: How Wealth, Health, Cheap Flights, and Prepaid Phone Cards Are Undermining Authority across the Globe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] POWER IS SHIFTING--from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, from presidential palaces to public squares. It has become harder to wield power and easier to lose...
The Minimalist President: Calvin Coolidge's Admirable Do-Nothing Spirit
IF THERE WAS ever a time when the president could simply preside, it has long passed. As early as the Eisenhower era, political scientist Clinton Rossiter observed that the public had come to see the federal chief executive as "a combination of scoutmaster,...
The Party of Immigration: Republicans Need a New Approach to Hispanics and Other Newcomers
IMMIGRATION restrictionists are right when they argue that proposed "comprehensive" reform won't do the GOP much good with Hispanics. But that isn't because, as the restrictionists believe, Latinos are welfare-grubbing, government-loving Democrats...
Were the Luddites Right? Smart Machines and the Prospect of Technological Unemployment
IN 1948 NORBERT WIENER, the father of cybernetics, wrote an urgent letter to Walter Reuther, the president of the Union of Automobile Workers. Wiener warned Reuther that the combination of production machinery with computing machines would soon yield...
When the Madness Began to Lift: Rand Paul's Historic Filibuster May Have Changed American Politics
THE 2004 Republican National Convention, held in New York City as close as possible to the three-year anniversary of the day the World Trade Center was pulverized by terrorists, was a three-day festival of chest-thumping snarls directed at anyone who'd...