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Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.
by | May 2, 2019

Kansas adopted its constitution in 1859. Abortion was largely illegal then, as it was in most of the country. Who counted as a person mattered then. The state was born in violence, as pro-slavery forces unsuccessfully attempted to impose their…

by | Apr 30, 2019

With President Donald Trump seemingly vulnerable politically, you would expect the Democratic presidential nomination process to attract the best and the brightest. Here is one of those fabled political inflection points, a moment the next president might engineer a major…

by | Apr 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Colombia to strike a Reaganesque pose when he called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to open a bridge to allow entry of humanitarian aid. The effort fell flat. The bridge didn’t offer much…

by | Apr 9, 2019

Catastrophic failure in Lebanon 36 years ago this month taught President Reagan the most important lesson about foreign civil wars. America should stay out. U.S. troops entered Lebanon as peacekeepers in 1982 but became increasingly entangled in a conflict involving…

by | Mar 31, 2019

The Trump administration is transforming the courts. So far the president has made two Supreme Court appointments and won confirmation of another 30 judges to the 13 circuit courts, which are the final arbiters in most federal cases. After Democratic…

by | Mar 24, 2019

Five years ago Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, won an enormous election victory. Some compared the new prime minister to Ronald Reagan. However, Modi’s economic policy turned into a bust, more statist intervention than market remedies. Even worse…

by | Mar 15, 2019

Slavery is evil. Virtually every American believes that. Even most foreigners, other than a few ISIS fighters who now are enduring the great beyond, almost certainly bereft of the 72 virgins they were expecting. However, there was a time when…

by | Mar 5, 2019

Tax Day is approaching, a dreadful occasion for most Americans. But it is pure tragedy for the rich. That is, those who believe government should take more. Stephen Prince, whose company makes plastic gift cards, told the New York Times that he was “pissed…

by | Mar 2, 2019

If you hadn’t noticed, the British government of Theresa May is setting records for incompetence. Nigeria put off its presidential election for a week; there probably is cheating afoot. In Congo government vote counters declared a minor opposition candidate the…

by | Feb 4, 2019

As he began his presidency Donald Trump had the right idea about Afghanistan: “Let’s get out.” However, he surrounded himself with conventional thinkers who thwarted his wishes and refused to provide him with withdrawal options. After two years of additional,…

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