Long before Bezos's battle with the National Enquirer, a fight involving a scabrous newspaper led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision expanding freedom of the press.
For Stephen Mihm's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Democrats' main target should be the Republican Party, not the president.
His administration gave gangsters 3,700 reasons to stop buying machine guns.
Jeff Bezos is stealing from a 19th-century playbook.
Overbooking was the solution to the costly problem of 'no-shows' — people who reserved a seat but failed to board — that emerged in the late 1940s.
The world has spent nearly 60 years trying to make economic sense of nuclear power, with limited success. It may be time to pull the plug.
Islamic State has announced plans to start its own currency, an essential building block for their larger goal of restoring an ancient Islamic empire.
Like alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition, legal marijuana will be a profitable business kept on a tight leash. And we should expect the public health consequences tol be mixed, though hardly a disaster.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that trans fats are no longer "generally recognized as safe," and that banning them would prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.