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Analysis and Commentary

How To Push For Freedom

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Hint: Don’t talk about freedom.

Analysis and Commentary

Mueller And A Blue House Could Bring Down Trump

by Joshua Zoffer, Niall Fergusonvia The Atlantic
Friday, November 23, 2018

On May 17, 1973, Senator Sam Ervin Jr. opened Senate hearings into the Watergate affair. “It is the constitutional duty of this committee,” he said, to expeditiously investigate allegations that American democracy “has been subverted and its foundations shaken.” Ervin, a Democrat, did not mince words in characterizing the gravity of the accusations leveled against Richard Nixon’s campaign and administration.

In the News

This Thanksgiving, Talk To Your Family About Zoning

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday full of good food, family, friends, and football (and it would be great if the earlier-every-year Christmas season quit butting in). Since it’s one of the few times a year many people see their extended family, including members with different political views and football allegiances, it’s hard to come up with conversation topics with broad appeal. But this year there’s one topic we can all get behind: the downsides of zoning.


How We Can Help The Migrant Caravan

by George P. Shultz, Pedro Aspevia The Washington Post
Thursday, November 22, 2018

The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious. Economic conditions in Central America are grim, and the many young people there have poor prospects for advancement. The countries these migrants are fleeing are also plagued by violence.

In the News

Judge Strikes Down Female Genital Mutilation Law

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Jewish Journal
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A judge struck down a 1996 federal law banning female genital mutilation, saying that it was incompatible with the Constitution. The Michigan case at hand involved Dr. Jumana Nargawala who allegedly performed female genital mutilation on nine girls, who were reportedly in the age range of 7-12 years old.

In the News

Too Many Asians At Harvard? No, Not Enough Asians At Harvard.

mentioning John Yoovia Reason
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

For some reason, Harvard's admissions staff keep giving Asian American applicants lower "personal ratings" than white applicants. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Second(-Class) Amendment

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia National Review
Monday, November 19, 2018

If liberals should fear the great contradiction between the Constitution’s text and their elevation of an unenumerated right to privacy (as we argued in our last article), conservatives must confront the same challenge with gun ownership. Despite the text of the Second Amendment, supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense. 

Analysis and Commentary

Freedom Of The Press And Of Speech: True And False

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 16, 2018

Is freedom of the press a right or a privilege? Ted Olson thinks it’s a privilege. Why CNN should have lost and Dennis Prager should lose. I haven’t seen such a muddled discussion of freedom of speech and of the press in a long time. On the left, we have CNN and others claiming that freedom of the press means that Jim Acosta can’t legally have his White House press pass revoked. On the right, we have Dennis Prager claiming that by not showing some of his videos, various private firms are denying his freedom of speech.

In the News

Josh Hawley Will Defend The First Amendment And Religious Liberty

quoting Michael McConnellvia The Hill
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Among the crop of newly elected men and women headed to the Senate in 2019, one stands out for his record on religious liberty. Former Missouri Attorney General and Senator-elect Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) strong track record defending America’s first freedom can be traced all the way to the beginnings of his career.

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The Libertarian: Why School Choice Matters

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A libertarian defense of educational freedom.


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