Author Archives: John Payne

When SWAT Raids Are Routine

A conversation with the director of the documentary Do Not Resist.

Is Missouri Still a Bellwether?

The longtime debate site remains purple—just not in presidential elections.

Ferguson and the Troubled Spirit of St. Louis

A resident reports on the problems plaguing his city, its suburbs, and the nation.

Drugs in Context

A neuroscientist busts the myth of the zombified user, restoring the agency of addicts.

How Police Became a Standing Army

Proliferating SWAT squads and other heavy-handed tactics are turning all of America into a hostage situation.

Occupy Wall Street: An Addendum

I was extremely pleased to see my take on the original Occupy …

Welcome to the Occupation

Wall Street protesters share the Tea Party’s illusions

Being the Police Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

My parents own two flower shops in my hometown, and as I …

Mexico’s “Market Alternatives” to the Drug War

Earlier this week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the Americas Society and Council of …

It’s a Market Failure, Even When the Government Provides It

The Cornell University economist Robert Frank’s latest New York Times editorial is …

Uncertainty and the Death Penalty

When I was still teaching, I caught a student plagiarizing a paper. …

Government Cannot Repeal Scarcity

I missed the Republican debate again last night (this time I was …

On Obama’s Depressingly Conventional Approach to the Drug War

Jacob Sullum’s invaluable feature story in the latest issue of Reason details the many ways that …

Rick Perry and the Assumption of Guilt

I share Dan’s revulsion at crowd’s ghoulish reaction to Rick Perry’s record …

The Government Should Stop Giving Rich People Money

Warren Buffet caused a stir last week when he argued that he and other …

This Is How the Government Works…Or, to Be More Exact, Why It Doesn’t

For any of you who haven’t been keeping track of all the …

The Impossible Is Possible

When Ron Paul announced his 2012 campaign for president, I joked that …

Default: The Two Sweetest Words in the English Language

Although I don’t think any of the so-called “serious” politicians will allow the …

Temptations of Empire

I have a new article in Reason where I review two books on the …

Congress’ Latest Dog and Pony Show

I have not paid much attention to the rancorous debt ceiling debate. …

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