Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Mike Pence

Mike Pence, a man of few ideas and high ambitions, is the subject of a scathing piece in the Federalist, attacking him for being insufficiently cruel. Joy Pullmann portrays governor as a “technocratic Progressive statist,” whom is “stomping all over the earnest desires for freedom and good policy from his…


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The Incoherence of Age Discrimination and Silicon Valley

Slate’s Alison Griswold wrote something sloppy that likely doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. In the course of detailing a suit brought against Twitter for age discrimination, she remarks:  Whether Taylor or Twitter is in the right, the lawsuit is a reminder that age is right up there with…


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Net Neutrality Opponents Can Only Argue In Bad Faith

Former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and current telecom shill, Robert M. McDowell, has written an essay in the Washington Post attacking net neutrality. He begins his argument by claiming the lack of net neutrality rules to date prove that they are unwarranted. Of course this begs the question…


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The Cynical Selectivity of Patent Reform Support

The tech industry is celebrating reports that Phillip Johnson, an intellectual property attorney for Johnson & Johnson, will not be leading the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His name was floated late last month as the White House favorite for the position. And good riddance: we certainly don’t…

The Third House of Congress

Among legal realists it is uncontroversial to suggest the Supreme Court consists of legislators in robes. Evidence for this observation is hardly scarce; every opinion released in the closing days of the Court’s session amended some function or procedure of law. Legislating, properly understood, is the authority to create…

Closely Held Definitions

By five this afternoon, I was knee-deep in Tim Howard worship tweets, certain that all the reasonable ink and pixels had been spilled over the Hobby Lobby decision. Jacob Bacharach proved me wrong. His thoughts appropriately adjust focus on yesterday’s outcome, critically testing the reaction on the Left that…

Why The Left Is Getting Hobby Lobby Wrong

With so much anger floating around the web following the Supreme Court’s sharply divided ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, I think we might all need to step back for a moment. First, I think the best way to understand these intense feelings regarding this decision comes from…


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The Supreme Court, Why?

In the wake of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores decision I’ve heard an exasperated response from friends who otherwise follow politics but not the esoteric Supreme Court. Their critique wonders what is the point of an independent judiciary given that they are now routinely acting like partisan political…

Colonialism.io

Dot-io is the TLD (top-level domain) for the British Indian Ocean Territory. It’s the latest trendy address suffix for tech startups, and over at Gigaom, David Meyer has some great work highlighting the troubled history of the affected islands. In short, when the Johnson Administration wanted a regional jumping-off…

Speech Protected In Performance Must Be Protected As A Witness

It’s Wednesday, so that means someone is weathering the consequences of a salacious photo of their genitalia being posted on the internet. This time, it’s the chief of staff to Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers. This instance of unsurprising behavior prompted Vox’s culture editor to ring up Mitchell…

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