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Professionalizing Police Hasn't Worked. Try Privatizing Instead.

Professionalizing Police Hasn't Worked. Try Privatizing Instead.

The Minneapolis City Council's plan to dismantle the city's police department following the death of George Floyd in police custody has some people concerned about how order will be maintained afterward.It's a reasonable concern. All too often in public policy, overreaction to a scandal creates its own problems. The flip side of that, though, is tolerating abuse, mismanagement, or incompetence. That's too common in government.Police abuse has qualities that make it especially troubling. There's an asymmetry between an armed police officer and a mostly unarmed civilian population. Since many...

June 8, 2020
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Newspaper Hit Piece on Charter Schools Misses The Mark

Newspaper Hit Piece on Charter Schools Misses The Mark

to EdNextin EdNext| |No words in the English language are more thoroughly guaranteed to scare a reader away — or put her to sleep — than “first in a five part series.”So one savvy newspaper editor once taught me.Give reporters Jean Rimbach and Abbott Koloff of NorthJersey.com some credit, I suppose, for daring to persist past that barrier. As for any readers who stayed with them all the way to the end of their recent “ in five parts” headlined “Millions of your tax dollars have disappeared into NJ’s flawed charter school experiment” — well, they deserve congratulations on their endurance,...

April 18, 2019
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Joe Biden's Latest Campaign Trail Target Is Milton Friedman. But Why?

Joe Biden's Latest Campaign Trail Target Is Milton Friedman. But Why?

Joe Biden has chosen an opponent for the 2020 general election—and it's not Donald Trump, but instead, of all people, an economics professor who died in 2006."Milton Friedman isn't running the show anymore," Biden declared in a half-hour exclusive , published over the weekend.For a guy not "running the show," Milton Friedman sure appears to be occupying substantial space in Biden's mind and presidential campaign. For the Democratic presidential candidate, this is a recurring theme. During a September 7, 2019, fundraiser in Wayland, Massachusetts, according to a pool report from Sarah Mucha...

April 27, 2020
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Prohibiting Religious Services Makes the First Amendment a Coronavirus Victim

Prohibiting Religious Services Makes the First Amendment a Coronavirus Victim

A Massachusetts pastor, Kristopher Casey, will be punished with a $300 civil fine for convening more than 10 people at his Sunday church service. If he does it again, the fine will increase to $500, and he could face criminal charges, Masslive.com .And where has the press been in the face of what seems, on its face, to be an egregious violation of the First Amendment's protections of peaceable assembly and the free exercise of religion? The newspapers have been basically cheering it on."The constitutional guarantee of civil liberties is not absolute, and its abridgment is not necessarily an...

May 6, 2020
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Liberals Have Rediscovered the 10th Amendment's Value During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Liberals Have Rediscovered the 10th Amendment's Value During the Coronavirus Pandemic

That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic. The Clemson psychology lecturer and 1996 Libertarian vice presidential candidate got 51 percent on the fourth ballot. The announcement brings the total number of suspect cases initiated by Gerald Goines to 164 over 11 years. The ruling says the state's top health official exceeded her statutory authority by ordering "nonessential" businesses to close. Will they keep it in mind even if Joe Biden becomes president?

May 26, 2020
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