Although it was apparently watched by a surprisingly small audience on the major networks, President Biden’s first address to Congress was also surprisingly inspirational. According to a media poll taken after the speech, 85% of those who saw it felt positively about it and a vast majority said it gave them optimism about the American future. In today’s polarized world, that’s a home run.

Biden’s speech was an unapologetic and explicit rejection of Reaganism. Biden declared “[T]rickle-down economics has never worked. It’s time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out”. He reminded us that “Decades ago…


It seems almost farcically naive that many believed the attempted coup on January 6th would prove to be a moment of reckoning for the Republican party. In the immediate aftermath, Politico described it as “the day that broke the Republican Party as we know it and began the GOP’s ultimate reckoning with Trumpism”. David Post, in Reason, declared, “I do think the rioters may actually have-inadvertently, to be sure-performed a great service for the country. I am among those who believe that the country needs something it has not had for some time: A functioning, principled, conservative Republican Party. The…


In a prior post, I wrote about the steps that the both the Biden administration and a number of states were taking in order to end the private prison racket. But what Democratic Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman describes as the “monetization of justice” extends well beyond private prisons and infects so much of our criminal justice system. And it is one of the most insidious elements of the institutional racism that exists in this country.

Perhaps the most egregious and abused instrument of the monetization of justice is the entire concept of civil asset forfeiture, which allows police to seize…


One of President Biden’s first acts was to issue an executive order to eliminate the federal government’s use of private prisons. This order actually restored a similar order from President Obama that was subsequently reversed by Trump. A 2016 study conducted by the DOJ “found that in a majority of the categories we examined, contract prisons incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable BOP institutions…the contract prisons confiscated eight times as many contraband cell phones annually on average as the BOP institutions. Contract prisons also had higher rates of assaults, both by inmates on other inmates and…

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