How politicians used the drug war and the welfare state to break up black and Native American families
The tradeoffs among considerations of health, prosperity, and liberty are catching up with us even if we don't want to acknowledge them.
Peace on earth and good will toward men?
"There has to be a war on poverty," says Michael Bloomberg. Does he know how the last one turned out?
U.S. life expectancy peaked in 2014.
Governing puts together a database of cities and towns addicted to money from fines and forfeitures.
People charged—but not convicted—of crimes often have to wait weeks to see a judge if they’re too poor to pay for their freedom.
Study Shows That Extreme Poverty Statistics Have Been Overestimated, Especially Among Families With Children
The number of people deemed to be living in extreme poverty was significantly inflated
New research shows that income surveys erroneously categorized some households as extremely poor actually had "net worth in the millions" of dollars.
Offenders in California Get Saddled with Thousands of Dollars in Court Fees. This Bill Would Stop That.
A study shows that when these fees hit low-income offenders, they wreck their lives—and also don't even get paid.
All the welfare programs California Democrats can dream up won't do as much as some commonsense reforms to let people who want to work, work.
Progressive populists have decided making a lot of money is prima facie evidence of criminality and that inequality is the cardinal sin of our age. Nope.
Taxpayers shell out big time to keep poor folks who haven't even been convicted of crimes behind bars.
Capitalism not only helps reduce poverty, but can bring services to more diverse groups of people.
The state can no longer suspend poor people's driver's licenses over unpaid traffic tickets, Judge Aleta Trauger ruled.
Watch two leading development economists debate at the Soho Forum.
In many cases the sentence for missing a payment is harsher than the original conviction.
If you read Reason you already know these three pieces of good news about global trends.
The practice traps the poor in a spiral of debt, hobbling their ability to pay off their fines.
Scaling back debtor's prisons in a state with one of the country's highest incarceration rates
Poor people are likely to make better food choices for themselves than the government.
That's one out of every six licensed drivers in the state.
Centuries of mistreatment by the U.S. is a primary cause of Haiti's plight.
Accountability starts at home.
But is Jeff Bezos the new John D. Rockefeller?
Nearly half of young working-class whites do not identify with any religious affiliation.
An Ivy League professor went to work in the industry to figure out why so many Americans choose to remain "unbanked."
HUD program a significant source of corruption and cronyism, and much less about helping the poor
Oppressive municipal codes expose immigrants to potential deportation methods.
For people, unlike rats, the human 'behavioral sink' seems to be greater creativity, not pathological collapse.
McDowell Is the Poorest, Sickest, Most Hopeless County in America. Why Doesn't Everyone Just Leave? (Reason Podcast)
Ronald Bailey traveled back to his familial home to find out what went wrong in Appalachia.
A Reason writer returns to his family's home to investigate