criminal justice system

The Second Amendment is For All Races

“No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms” were the words Thomas Jefferson wrote in three drafts of the Virginia Constitution.  There’s a reason for that, it’s a powerful phrase, one with a sentiment that should be remembered and respected by our government. ...

Are Conservatives Dumber Than Liberals?

Hillary Clinton referred to conservatives who supported Donald Trump as “deplorables.” In referring to working-class conservatives harmed by de-industrialization, Barack Obama said: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't...

Public Good or Public Bad?

From the June 17, 2016 edition of The Weekly Abolitionist: Public Good or Public Bad? If you ask an economist to suggest areas where the state should be involved, one answer you’re likely to hear is that states should provide “public goods.” A public good is a good...

A Pox on Both Your Houses

In the opening essay, Professor Teles lays out the problems he sees in meaningful criminal justice reform because of infighting on the political right. For the most part, I agree with his analysis regarding the conflicts within the Republican coalition and the...



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