Since the topic du jour is guns and shootings, it’s serendipitous that Paramount has recently been airing a mini-series called, “Waco.” I haven’t seen it myself (I guess I’d need to acquire a TV), but hope to do so in the near future. Meanwhile, I thought readers might be interested in Reason Papers’s July 2014 symposium, “Waco: Twenty Years Later.” Technically, I suppose, the symposium came out twenty-one years after the fact, as for a variety of reasons we were unable to publish it on time in 2013.
Symposium: Waco Twenty Years Later
- The Contested Legacies of Waco —Irfan Khawaja
- The Branch Davidian Stand-Off Twenty Years Later —Michael Barkun
- From Razing a Village to Razing the Constitution: A Twenty-Year Retrospective on Waco —Paul H. Blackman and David B. Kopel
- Waco: An Incident Superseded —Dick Reavis
I tried to invite commentators representing a relatively wide spectrum of views, in order to put the Waco controversy in its widest possible context. In retrospect, I wish I had invited (or successfully invited) a larger number and more diverse set of participants. Continue reading