Gene Healy

Gene Healy is senior editor at the Cato Institute.

Yes, It Can!–Maybe


Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?By James Antle, III (Regnery, 256 pages, $30) As a workaday wonk who writes a weekly column, every day I’m condemned to force-feed myself great gobs of political news—a practice that, as social psych experiments have shown, raises stress-hormone levels and harshes one’s mellow. Yet somehow James Antle, the […]

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Nuclear Climbdown


WASHINGTON — Thanks to the “Gang of 14” centrist senators, there’s been a temporary ceasefire in the filibuster battle, and not a moment too soon. The hypocrisy on both sides was getting to be too much to bear. Sen. Robert Byrd piously invoked the right to “free speech,” as if the Democrats just wanted to […]

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You Gotta Serve Somebody


WASHINGTON — Touting his national service plan before a group of college students recently, John Kerry intoned: “this election is not just about what we’re going to do, it’s about what you’re going to do.” That formulation’s a little less eloquent and a little more threatening than Kerry’s idol, the other JFK’s “…ask what you […]

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Less Guns, More Crime


WASHINGTON — For nearly 30 years, the D.C. government has conducted a public policy experiment based on the theory that if you deprive citizens of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, you’ll reduce crime. Last week, federal district court judge Reggie Walton, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that that experiment should continue. […]

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Freedom Is in the Air (cough)


WASHINGTON — Mayor Bloomberg’s New York is only the most prominent example of a city recently fallen victim to a bad idea whose time has come: smoking bans in bars and restaurants. Bans have been imposed statewide in California, Florida, and Delaware, and even deep in tobacco country, in Lexington, Kentucky. This year, the movement […]

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Cruelty to Smokers


WASHINGTON — The pall of Bloombergism has fallen over the nation’s capital. On December 3, the D.C. city council will hold a public hearing on the Smokefree Workplaces Act of 2003, which would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants. In fact, the bill may go further even than New York in quashing the rights […]

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Terrifying Reading


If you’ve got a long plane ride coming up and you’re looking for a book for your carry-on bag, don’t take Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil (Palgrave-Macmillan, 432 pages, $26.95). It’ll make for a white-knuckled flight. Did you know that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners miss […]

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