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Our Pointless, Vicious, Very American Culture of Shame Jan. 18, 2019

Ted Rall

Puritanism's obsession with guilt and shame, Nathaniel Hawthorne believed, was America's original si... Read More

Scaring the Parents on Halloween Oct. 18, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

Every year around Halloween, Patch, a network of news websites specializing in local coverage around... Read More

Why the Executive Branch Shouldn't Legislate: Progressives Appreciate the Separation of Powers -- Up to a Point Oct. 10, 2018

Jacob Sullum

Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the Supreme Court this week, and Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed last ye... Read More

Where There's Smoke Sep. 29, 2016

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My daughter just learned that a registered sex offender is living next door to her and h... Read More

The Perverse Penalties of Leper Lists Aug. 31, 2016

Jacob Sullum

Officially, the restrictions imposed by Michigan's Sex Offender Registration Act aim to keep former ... Read More

Pokemon Predator Panic Aug. 12, 2016

Lenore Skenazy

New York has become the first state in the country to ban sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go, thu... Read More

Branding Sex Offenders' Passports: Why? Feb. 18, 2016

Lenore Skenazy

Just one day after Pres. Obama signed legislation that will brand the passports of sex offenders, a ... Read More

Treating Teens Like Tots May. 21, 2015

Lenore Skenazy

When Walt Disney was 16, he forged his parents' signatures and lied about his age so he could join t... Read More

My Sex Offender Brunch Apr. 02, 2015

Lenore Skenazy

Sunday morning at 10 found me slicing the tomatoes and arranging the cheese platter. My husband was ... Read More

What to Really Be Afraid of on Halloween Oct. 30, 2014

Lenore Skenazy

Happy Halloween! It's that time of year when your neighbors are secretly unwrapping candy, brushing ... Read More

Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders Flouts the Rule of Law Feb. 26, 2014

Jacob Sullum

Although Macon Baker completed his prison sentence in 2006, the state of Missouri kept him behind ba... Read More