William Smith
William Smith

Hailing from the suburbs of Atlanta, I came to D.C. after finishing my M.A. for an internship with a nonprofit and began writing for PolicyMic earlier this year. I've been interested in politics, philosophy, and the sharing of ideas for as long as I can remember, and this is the perfect platform to indulge these interests. My main foci are education, drug, and immigration policy and broader sociopolitical culture, primarily from a libertarian perspective. When not working or writing, I like to play bass guitar and viola, try out new recipes, and do everything I can to escape the city and find some nature.

Nov. 7, 2013

Ender's Game Boycott Isn't Making a Difference For Gay Rights — Here's Why

With several recent high-profile boycotts, now is the perfect time to reflect on their effectiveness.

Oct. 18, 2013

Marijuana Legalization in Mexico City is the First Step

Fed up with the violence associated with the drug war, several politicians in Mexico City are hoping decriminalization will work better. But marijuana legalization is the real goal.
July 2, 2013

Pitbull Has a New Pet Cause: Charter Schools

Armando Christian Perez, better known to music lovers and clubgoers as Pitbull, proclaimed his support for charter schools at the National Charter Schools Conference on Monday.
June 18, 2013

5 Reasons Obama's Approval Rating Just Dropped 8 Points

NSA, Verizon, Department of Justice, IRS, Benghazi; this seemingly never-ending string of scandals is responsible for a massive drop in the President's approval rating.
June 17, 2013

Marijuana Legalization: Scientists Want More Access to Pot For Research, and Most Millennials Agree

A British neuropsychopharmacology professor is the latest medical professional to advocate improving researchers' access to marijuana to study its potential therapeutic properties.
June 10, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan: Judge Michael Baylson May Have Just Saved Little Girl's Life

Ten-year-old cystic fibrosis patient Sarah Murnaghan's chances for a longer life improved when Judge Michael Baylson ordered Kathleen Sibelius to move her up on the organ transplant wait list.

June 7, 2013

This Woman is Going On a No Food, No Water Diet — Because That's a Thing

Seattle resident and "Breatharian" Navenna Shine is attempting to livestream her six-month fast to prove that people can survive on an internal life source.
May 31, 2013

Google Nutrition: Because It's Not Useful Enough Yet, Google Will Now Help You Eat Healthy

On Thursday, Google released a new service which automatically brings up nutrition information for over 1,000 foods and dishes with search results.
May 29, 2013

Massachusetts Welfare Audit: Don't Be Shocked When Huge Welfare Systems Get Abused

A recent investigation into Massachusetts' Department of Transitional Assistance found $18 million in dubious benefit payouts and other instances of fraud and negligence over the past few years.
May 22, 2013

Helen Mirren: Actress Has Tea With Dying Boy After Queen Declines His Request

After his wish to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II was rejected by the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren, professional portrayer of Elizabeth II, stepped in to save the day.
May 15, 2013

'Preachers' Daughters' Reality Show: Proof We Need to Move Beyond the Abstinence-Only Approach

The anxiety, shame, confusion, and hostility experienced by this reality show's female characters are very real effects of the pro-abstinence movement.

May 9, 2013

D.C.'s Overpriced, Mediocre Sandwich Shops Have Had It With Food Trucks

Recently proposed regulations on where and how D.C.'s food trucks can serve food threaten to kill the thriving industry. Fortunately, food truck supporters are fighting back.
May 7, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: MSNBC Host Touré Announces Support For Open Borders

Co-host of MSNBC show The Cycle gives three reasons why he's supporting open borders — and is right on all three accounts.
May 7, 2013

Happiness Study: Money, Sex, and Alcohol Are the Keys After All

Two recently released studies offer insight into the causes of happiness: one rejects old wisdom about the link between income and happiness; the other finds sex and partying to be most fun.
May 3, 2013

Contactually Study Finds a Correlation Between Rudeness and Productivity

Employees of business platform company Contactually analyzed millions of emails and found that people who write rude emails respond more often than those who write with an upbeat tone.
April 29, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: If We Are Serious About Creating Wealth, We Will Open the Borders

Immigration is a hot topic right now, and in contrast to the compromising Gang of Eight's proposal, several economists and other scholars are advocating open borders.

April 26, 2013

Frank Luntz: Prominent GOP Strategist Blasts Conservative Talk Radio

GOP strategist Frank Luntz can be heard criticizing conservative talk radio hosts in a discussion on the Republican Party's image crisis after being secretly recorded by a student.
April 25, 2013

Boston Bombings: Should the State Pay for Victims' Medical Expenses?

Thanks to Romneycare, victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will be partially covered for their health care expenses, but the evidence on the program's overall benefits to taxpayers is mixed.
April 18, 2013

Boston Bombing: Can Redditors Track Down the Boston Bomber?

Users of popular social news site Reddit have embarked upon a quest to identify likely suspects in the Boston bombing case.
April 17, 2013

Nahmad Family Art Gallery Raided By FBI

A prestigious art gallery in New York City was raided by the FBI early Tuesday after an indictment accusing the owners of criminal activity was released.