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Radley Balko

Radley Balko is a senior writer for the Huffington Post, contributing investigative reports related to civil liberties and the criminal justice system. Balko has previously held positions at Reason magazine as a senior editor, and Cato as a policy analyst.

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Myths of the Nanny State

by Radley Balko on Sep 1, 2006

Balko argues that there simply isn’t much evidence to support the sky-is-falling scenarios offered up by proponents of modern paternalism.

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2014

Jonathan Blanks joins Aaron and Trevor to talk about the relationship between African-Americans and the state.

Free Thoughts

The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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State Thugs and the Purpose of Government

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 9, 2013

Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.

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Pathologies of Power

by Neera K. Badhwar on Jun 23, 2015

Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.

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Against Paternalism

by Neera K. Badhwar on Oct 19, 2015

Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.