Myths about the U.S. Constitution and Individual Rights That Erode Civil Society

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted an online discussion recently about the new book The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution’s Original Meaning. The conversation featured the book’s author, journalist A. J. Jacobs, and NCC president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. I encourage readers to watch the entire discussion; this post will focus on only a short excerpt.

Why Are So Many Food and Beverage Products Being Recalled? 

A Newsweek investigation finds that at least 350 food and beverage products are under recalls mandated by the Food and Drug Administration. A short list of these products includes cookies, shellfish, cucumbers, frozen pizzas, frozen fruits, pasta, salad kits, smoked salmon, hummus, shrimp, lemonade, granola bars, cantaloupes, and ice cream. 

Proposed APRA Bill Is a Bad Attempt at Data Privacy Protection

In April, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced a proposal for a bipartisan and bicameral bill, now known as the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA). Right out of the gate, the bill was controversial. An updated version of the House bill was released on May 23rd, yet the updated language did not fix the most problematic provision, which allows federal regulations to preempt state privacy laws.

The Dollar and its Domestic Enemies

Upping the ante following the initial weaponization of the dollar in 2022, the United States and a number of allied nations have agreed in principle to begin distributing profits on seized Russian assets to Ukraine. Interest payments on securities in which hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Russian foreign exchange reserves were invested, including US, European, and other sovereign bonds, would thus be transferred into a trust account accessible to the Ukrainian government. The US assertion of this undertaking was codified as the Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity (REPO) for Ukrainians Act, signed into law by President Biden on April 24, 2024.

The “Worst Fiscal Blunder” in U.S. Treasury History

On Halloween 2023, hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller identified what he called the “worst fiscal blunder” in the history of the U.S. Treasury. That blunder occurred in the early months of the Biden administration and accelerated the U.S. government’s unsustainable fiscal path.

The Long and Winding Road to Socialism
80 years since the publication of The Road to Serfdom

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” Friedrich August von Hayek

California’s Video Game Data Collection Law: A Step Too Far?

California’s legislature has generally prided itself on pushing the forefront of consumer privacy. As I discussed in a previous post, a few of California’s legislators are even venturing into the realm of neurorights. The latest in its legislative efforts, AB-2529, seeks to protect minors by prohibiting social media platforms and video games from collecting their personal information. However, several imprecisions and redundancies call into question the necessity and effectiveness of this bill.

Wind Subsidies Are Rising…
but wind power production isn’t rising with them

New data recently released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows a decrease in wind power production in 2023. Despite record highs in installed wind capacity and continually rising subsidies production is falling.

The National Debt Is Becoming a Public Health Threat

Over the past three years, the amount of interest the U.S. government has to pay on the national debt has become the fastest-growing category of government spending. It was already the second-largest government expenditure in 2024 and will soon become the largest.

The Art of Democratic Warmaking: A Recipe

We recently received a copy of this top-secret letter about how to run the perfect war, and we thought we should bring it to your attention!

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