Articles by Radley Balko

'Stop Doing What I Said'

The task of responding to the latest crusade from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has become almost tedious. Last week, the organization was busy, announcing a lawsuit against Kentucky Fried Chicken and targeting Starbucks for its... Read More

'Opposites' Attack

Recently, former Bush Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and ex-Clinton HHS chief Donna Shalala gathered in Washington to take part in the latest in a series of lectures sponsored by American University and former Sen. John Breaux (D-Louisiana).... Read More

The Ultimate 'Public Health' Shield

A PETITION from the public health movement, including the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Public Health Association, the American Cancer S Read More

Doing It for the Children

A recent report in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology says that girls as young as five years old are beginning to have problems with body image. The authors concluded that the girls "felt 'paranoid' about their weight -- partly... Read More

Smoke Gets In Your Lies

Editors note: What follows is TCS contributor Radley Balkos testimony before the Washington DC City Council hearing on a proposed smoking ban. After calling the hearing, all of the Council members left the hearing but one. It was unclear... Read More

The Living Poem to Capitalism

The Gazette, a business journal for the counties of Maryland surrounding Washington, D.C. reported recently that Maryland's wealthy suburbanites are driving 25, sometimes 30 miles to go, of all places, to the grocery store. They motor past what would likely... Read More

Big Fat Mistake

"We misled you. And we plan to keep on misleading you." That's essentially what the Centers for Disease Control announced this week. The agency said Tuesday that it has greatly over-exaggerated the number of lives lost each year to obesity.... Read More

Drinking and Legislating

When President Clinton signed a law in 2000 that lowered the federal blood-alcohol limit for drivers to .08, opponents pointed out that the effect of such a law would be to tie up law enforcement resources going after motorists between... Read More

Among the Fellow Travelers

My experience at CPAC was a little different than that of my Tech Central co-blogger, Ryan Sager. As a libertarian who often finds more comfort with the left these days than the right, I went to the conference expecting the... Read More

Let's Have a Do Over

When Congress approved the prescription drug benefit in 2003, it did so with the understanding that the bill's projected price tag would amount to about $400 billion over ten years. Even then, the bill barely squeaked by, and was nearly... Read More

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