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NY Ranks Dead Last In Freedom Index

From Cato Institute:

When it comes to the bottom states, we see that the Empire State has consistently placed last. The difference between the scores for New York and New Hampshire corresponds to one and a half standard deviations on every single variable. New York also performs poorly across the board, but especially on economic freedom. Thus, New Yorkers feel the heavy hand of government in every area of their lives.

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Gun Policy Is Complicated

From The Cato Institute:

I wish it were that simple, but, like most questions in public policy, it is not. Gun policy is hard, and getting it right—or even starting to get it right—requires calling out the bad arguments from both sides and understanding inevitable trade‐​offs and unavoidable facts.

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What Is Political Islam?

From The CATO Institute:

The tragic events in Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is currently mounting an offensive against the government of the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, certainly appears to be consistent with Blair’s concern—namely that “the battles of this century … could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference.”2 But to what extent do Blair’s claims reflect the experience of political transitions throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)?

The rise of political Islam into prominence poses important questions both for people in the MENA region and for policymakers in the West. Since 9/11, the thrust of Western foreign and security policy toward the MENA region has aimed at containing radical forms of Islam. In practice, that often meant cozying up to authoritarian regimes, as long as they were secular, since these were seen as superior to their theocratic alternatives. When the Egyptian military brought down President Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013, there was a sense of relief among many in Washington. American neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol, for example, articulated it in the following way:

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Cato Report on Defensive Use of Firearms

The Cato Institute just released a study on the defensive use of firearms entitled Tough Targets.

What would be the effect of depriving ordinary, law-abiding citizens from keeping arms for self-defense? One result seems certain: the law-abiding would be at a distinct disadvantage should criminals acquire guns from underground markets. After all, it is simply not possible for police officers to get to every scene where they are urgently needed.

Follow the links to read the full report in HTML or PDF.

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