Drones and Tasers: Income and Substitution Effects

In microeconomics, income and substitution effects are tricky things that can lead astray those who have sipped but little of the Pierian spring of economics. Imagine a new technology that is more effective, at lower cost, than an older technology that does some of the same things. You might expect that use of the old … Continue reading Drones and Tasers: Income and Substitution Effects

Rand Paul Changes Americans’ Minds

As I argued, this is what he set out to do with his filibuster: A year ago, as the presidential race was taking shape, The Washington Post's pollster asked voters whether they favored the use of drones to kill terrorists or terror suspects if they were "American citizens living in other countries." The net rating … Continue reading Rand Paul Changes Americans’ Minds

Self-Imposed Stupidity on Rand Paul’s Filibuster

Establishment hacks are lining up to sneer at Rand Paul's filibuster as accomplishing nothing (see for instance, here and here in The Economist). "The U.S. government is not going to use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil," so the line goes. "So what's the point?" It's hard to know what to make of … Continue reading Self-Imposed Stupidity on Rand Paul’s Filibuster

Team Obama’s Chilling Defense of Killing Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

Conor Friedersdorf offers up some justifiably tough words in response to Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs' glib defense of the drone assassination of 16-year-old, Denver-born American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (essentially: "he should have chosen a different father"): Again, note that this kid wasn't killed in the same drone strike as his father. He was hit … Continue reading Team Obama’s Chilling Defense of Killing Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

My Bloggingheads Conversation with Robert Farley

Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky and Lawyers, Guns, and Money had a "diavlog" with me on bloggingheads.tv. We covered Pileus, the Conor Friedersdorf essay on why he can't vote for Obama, libertarianism and foreign policy, and secessionism. This was my bloggingheads debut, and we hope to do more of these in the future. … Continue reading My Bloggingheads Conversation with Robert Farley

Don’t Drone Me, Bro!

This is awesome. As we all know, the Obama Administration claims that it has the right to kill anyone it considers a terrorist, so long as it has some internal process for deciding whom to kill. Now someone has set up a petition on whitehouse.gov: Considering that the government already has a “Do Not Call” … Continue reading Don’t Drone Me, Bro!