Table of Contents



2 The Third Lesson of Nelson Mandela

With great foreign intervention comes flawed moral reasoning. Matt Welch

6 Contributors

7 Letters and Reaction

Five phony public health scares…

10 Citings Pepper sprayer hits the jackpot; Googling freedom; which movies get pirated?; spy games; economic expansion woes; documentary porn…

52 Reason TV: Harassed for Taking Photos

When cops can't tell a photographer from a terrorist. Paul Detrick


16 The Best Defense Your Money Can't Buy

Prosecutors disarm defendants by freezing their assets. Jacob Sullum

18 America's Crushing Fiscal Gap It's time to account for future government obligations. Veronique de Rugy

20 The Fable of Hawaiian Frankencorn

The Aloha State's dishonest anti-biotech campaign. Ronald Bailey

70 Kickstarting Utopia

Crowdfunding lets you route around the Man. Greg Beato


22 They Lied

Obamacare's 12 false premises and broken promises. Peter Suderman

30 Consumers Should Drive Medicine

David Goldhill on America's deadly, dysfunctional health care system. Interview by Kmele Foster

36 After Obamacare

The long, tortured quest for a conservative health policy. Peter Suderman

46 Crony Capitalism vs. Market Morality

Finding an ethical lobbying line in a fallen age of corporatism. Timothy P. Carney

Culture & Reviews

54 TV's Deregulated Golden Age

Why so few critics understand what made HBO possible. Glenn GarvinThe HBO Effect, by Dean J. DeFino

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin

Briefly Noted

56 Nick Sibilla on the documentary God Loves Uganda

58 Scott Shackford on the video game The Stanley Parable

60 Matthew Feeney on Jesse Bering's Perv

62 Brian Doherty on Paul Pope's Battling Boy

64 Zenon Evans on Billy Collins' Aimless Love

63 The Vanity of American Exceptionalism Charles Murray's latest mixes American history with self-flattery. Richard GambleAmerican Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History, by Charles Murray

65 Conscription Is Not the Answer Either

Andrew Bacevich's powerful critique of U.S. foreign policy backs the wrong remedy. Anthony Gregory

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, by Andrew J. Bacevich

68 Transforming a Tower

An abandoned real estate project becomes a hive of self-organized activity. Jesse Walker

72 When Postage Stamps Are Bad Role Models Nanny vs. nanny. Scott Shackford

Cover Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza