Before Drug Prohibition, There Was the War on Calico
Reason, July 2018In the annals of prohibition, the French war on printed fabrics is one of the strangest, most futile, and most extreme chapters. It's also one of the most intellectually consequential, producing many of the earliest arguments for economic liberalism.
Where Have America's Truck Drivers Gone?
Bloomberg Opinion, June 24, 2018People want more stuff. Regulations, retirements and a lack of parking spaces aren’t helping long-haul truckers get it to them.
The Art of Melania Trump's Green Jacket
Bloomberg Opinion, June 22, 2018It means whatever you want it to mean.
Four Tips for Advocates of Abundant Housing
Bloomberg Opinion, June 20, 2018Slowly but surely, the political climate in California is shifting to encourage more housing in the cities where skyrocketing prices are putting rents and homeownership out of the reach of all but the wealthiest residents. Here's what I learned about how that's happening when I witnesses a grass-roots victory for new housing in West L.A.
California Turns to Homeowners to Help Solve a Crisis
Bloomberg Opinion, May 21, 2018A new state law that allows owners of single-family properties to build guest apartments is showing plenty of promise in easing the housing crunch.
How I Caused California’s Housing Crisis
Bloomberg Opinion, May 20, 2018Efforts in the 1980s to curb the state’s explosive growth are having unintended consequences three decades later.
Trump and the Rules of Celebrity Politics
Bloomberg Opinion, May 08, 2018In dominating Twitter, the president joined the American tradition of embracing new media just as Eisenhower did with TV, says author David Haven Blake.
American Exceptionalism Is Fading Yet Formidable
Bloomberg View, April 20, 2018The backlash against Facebook threatens a major market advantage over China: freedom to grow out of control.
The Future of Clothing Isn't in Tatters
A Conversation with My Colleague Adam Minter
Bloomberg View, March 31, 2018The global trade of new and used garments is sorting itself in surprising ways.
The Politics of 'Roseanne' Are Recognition and Empathy
Its radical premise: Recognizing diverse viewpoints can in fact showcase the things we share.
Bloomberg View, March 29, 2018I’d never seen a single episode of “Roseanne.” But in the interest of cultural commentary, I cranked up my ABC.com app to see what all the fuss -- and the extraordinarily high ratings -- was about. Here’s what I learned.