Gene Healy

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Gene Healy
Born November 16, 1970 (age 47)
United States
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Chicago Law School
Occupation Journalist

Gene Healy (born November 16, 1970) is an American political pundit, journalist and editor. He serves as Vice President at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, as well as a contributing editor to Liberty magazine.

Education[edit]

Healy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Healy is editor of the 2004 book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. He is the author of The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (2008) and False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency (2012).[1][2][3][4] His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, federalism, and over-criminalization.[1][2][5][6]

He has appeared on PBS’s Newshour and has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. His writing has been published in major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Legal Times.[1][2] He writes a weekly column for the Washington Examiner.[2]

Views[edit]

In 2011 Healy made the case that Ronald Reagan was neither a neoconservative[7] nor a libertarian.[8] In 2013 Healy argued that wanting restraint in foreign policy is not "isolationist" and even stated, "...'isolationism' has always been a smear word designed to shut off debate. It was coined in the late 19th century by Alfred Thayer Mahan, 'an ardent militarist, who used the term to slur opponents of American imperialism.'"[9] In 2014 Healy criticized Hillary Clinton's interventionist foreign policy, saying, "I think when you look at the totality of her record, it's very concerning. And if she realizes her lifelong dream in 2016 to become commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, she won't have to urge anyone to bomb. She'll be able to give those orders herself."[10]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything (editor) (2004) ISBN 9781930865631
  • The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (2008) ISBN 9781933995199
  • False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency (2012) ISBN 9781933995199
  • author (2008). "Drug Prohibition". In Hamowy, Ronald. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. pp. 128–29. ISBN 978-1412965804. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024.

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