Will the US Finally End Civil Asset Forfeiture?

There’s Hope for Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture By Jeana Moll in Foundation for Economic Education Last week, in refusing to consider a civil asset forfeiture case on procedural grounds, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cast doubt that these practices could stand up constitutionally or be sustained by historical practice. We share his doubt. Civil asset…

The History of the World Economy: From alcohol for survival to caffeine for enlightenment and industry

Chelsea Follett, managing editor of HumanProgress.org, a project of the CATO Institute, explains the importance of both alcohol and caffeine to emerging cultures and developing societies. Nature created both to kill creatures much smaller than us — plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts produce ethanol to destroy competing microbes. . . .…