Inconceivable Rights: I Do Not Think That Word Means (Just) What You Think It Means

A reader writes, in response to my post on the different meanings of the word “right”: A right is an inherent moral claim the exercise of which does not require anything of another party. It seems that the definitions currently at play are infected with postmodernism. Here’s the problem: Whatever… Continue reading >>

Sexual Politics Needs More Economics: Podcast

Does the fraught conversation around #MeToo and sexual mores need more Peter Suderman explaining that, well actually, we really should be viewing things more through the lens of long-tail economics? The question answers itself. Today’s Reason Podcast, which also features Katherine Mangu-Ward, Robby Soave, and yours truly, veers headlong into… Continue reading >>

Aziz Ansari, Bad Sex, and the Dangers of ‘Relying on Nonverbal Cues or Mind Reading’

CNN asked me to contribute to a roundup of comments on “how to date in 2018.” The prompt was last week’s news about actor Aziz Ansari, who was accused of mistreating a woman—ignoring her nonverbal protestations—during an intimate encounter at his apartment. As I wrote in the CNN piece: What… Continue reading >>

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Takes Cronyism to the Next Level With $5 Billion Bid for Amazon Headquarters

Amazon has narrowed the list of places where it might put its second headquarters down to 20. Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, is so excited that Montgomery County made the shortlist that he’s offering Amazon a new $5 billion package of incentives. “Amazon sent a clear signal that Maryland truly… Continue reading >>

Rand Paul’s Neighbor Faces Federal Charges for Attack

The world wondered what possessed Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist, to assault his neighbor Rand Paul in November, breaking at least six of the Kentucky senator’s ribs and damaging his lungs. Was it political, stemming from Boucher’s allegiance to the Democratic Party? Was Donald Trump’s “sinister banality” to blame? Now… Continue reading >>

The Case Against Education: Economist Bryan Caplan Says Government Spending of $1 Trillion a Year on Schooling Is a Waste (New at Reason)

“It’s absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood, ” says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, who blogs at EconLog, and is the author of the new book The… Continue reading >>

The Case Against Education: Economist Bryan Caplan Says Government Spending of $1 Trillion a Year on Schooling Is a Waste

“It’s absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood, ” says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, who blogs at EconLog, and is the author of the new book The… Continue reading >>

Study of Postsurgical Patients Shows Addiction to Pain Pills Is Rare

A new BMJ study of patients who received opioid analgesics after surgery, touted as evidence of how risky such prescriptions are, actually shows how rarely people become addicted in the course of treatment for acute pain. Tracking 568,612 opioid-naive patients who took prescription pain medication following surgery, Boston surgeon Gabriel… Continue reading >>