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Brave New World of Weed: The Astonishing Potential of a Complex Plant [Reason Podcast]

“[Some computer coders] use cannabis when they’re working,” says journalist Joe Dolce. “[And] I’ve met a lot of people…who use it for physical training—runners and certain athletes, swimmers…It really helps them focus.” In our latest podcast, Nick Gillespie chats with Dolce, a former editor-in-chief at Details and Star, about his new book, Brave New Weed: […]

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Josh Barro Says Abolishing Federal Deposit Insurance Is ‘Kooky.’ Will George Selgin Set Him Straight on April 12?

Come watch the Business Insider journalist debate the Cato Institute economist at this month’s Soho Forum in New York City. Jim Epstein|Apr. 3, 2017 5:01 pm When Donald Trump was considering former Cato Institute President and ex-BB&T Corp. CEO John Allison as treasury secretary, Business Insider Senor Editor Josh Barro tweeted: John Allison is opposed […]

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NYC Reasonoids: Come Watch Cato’s Michael Cannon vs. HuffPo’s Jonathan Cohn on Free-Market Health Care

Can the free market provide the best medical care? On March 13, Cato’s Michael F. Cannon will debate health care policy with The Huffington Post’s Jonathan Cohn at the Soho Forum, a monthly Oxford-style debate series that “features topics of special interest to libertarians” and “aims to enhance social and professional ties within the New […]

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Funding for Public Broadcasting Is Just 0.01 Percent of the Federal Budget. It Should Still Be Eliminated.

About 70 percent of federal funding for public broadcasting goes to subsidize the operations of about 1400 local radio and television stations that primarily just rebroadcast national programs to their surrounding communities. The money isn’t primarily going to programming, which is why slogans like “Save Big Bird!” miss the point. If the Trump administration were […]

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Should the U.S. Open Its Borders to Everyone? (Reason Podcast)

Should the U.S. Open Its Borders to Everyone? (Reason Podcast)

Ben Powell and Mark Krikorian debate immigration policy at the Soho Forum. Jim Epstein|Feb. 15, 2017 5:24 pm When the government puts “quantitative restrictions on immigration” it’s attempting to centrally plan “a complicated market with people who have heterogeneous skills,” argued economist Ben Powell at an immigration debate held Monday night in New York City. […]

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Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin Trading Surges in Venezuela

On February 2, Venezuela’s leading bitcoin exchange, SurBitcoin, was forced to suspend operations when its bank account was revoked. According to Rodrigo Souza, who runs SurBitcoin’s trading platform, the bank closed the account in anticipation of a nationwide crackdown on bitcoin use in Venezuela after the police raided a warehouse with 11,000 mining computers. SurBitcoin […]

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