A man-about-town philanthropist, he and his brother Charles ran a business colossus while furthering a libertarian agenda that reshaped American politics.
Jacob SullumDavid Koch's "far right" agenda, per @nytimes, included gay rights, legalization of drugs and prostitution, opposition to restrictions on immigration, opposition to the draft, and criminal justice reform.
A new RAND report puts spending on marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at $146 billion in 2016.
Jacob SullumProhibition enriches criminals while ripping off consumers: A new study suggests that Americans spend nearly as much on illegal drugs as they do on alcohol, even though drinkers far outnumber illegal drug users.
Two dozen patients hospitalized in the Midwest all reportedly had vaped something at some point, but we don't know what it was or whether it caused their symptoms.
Jacob SullumTwo dozen patients hospitalized in the Midwest all reportedly vaped something at some point, but we don't know what it was or whether it caused their symptoms. Blaming breathing problems on "vaping" is like blaming food poisoning on eating.
The nation's leading scholar of mass shootings explains how media coverage of horrific events such as El Paso and Dayton stoke unwarranted fear and anxiety.
Jacob SullumIn an interview with @nickgillespie, criminologist @jamesalanfox delves into dueling definitions of "mass shooting," the problem with declaring an "epidemic," and the pretense that we can identify future mass killers.
Because psychiatrists are terrible at predicting violent behavior, the wider net would catch lots of harmless people.
Jacob SullumTo stop mass shooters, Trump says, we should loosen the standards for involuntary psychiatric treatment. But the wider net would catch lots of harmless people, because psychiatrists are terrible at predicting violent behavior.
The data reinforce the point that there is no straightforward relationship between pain pill consumption and overdoses.
Jacob SullumMore evidence that there is no straightforward relationship between pain pill consumption and overdoses: As opioid prescriptions surged in Germany, opioid addiction held steady, while opioid-related deaths fell.