Purdue Showcases The Absurdity Of Our Trademark Regime

Purdue University is apparently upset that a new buddy film, widely dismissed by critics, uttered its name a few times while showing some of the actors in football gear during flashback sequences. It’s noted in the reporting that the film never uses the full name of the institution, Purdue…


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Hidden Municipal Elections: Why We See Such a Racial Political Disparity in Ferguson

One of the most striking aspects of the tension in Ferguson involves the racial disparity between the elected gentry and the citizens they purport to represent. Money Box’s Jordan Weissmann wrote this afternoon: The police force is 94 percent white. Only one of its six city council members is…


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Reactions to CFPB Advisory on Bitcoin Overstate Negativity

Digital currency analysts and market participants are reacting to an advisory report released yesterday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Naming Bitcoin and Dogecoin specifically, the document outlines risks associated with virtual assets and their transaction, focusing heavily on fraud hazards at the point of exchange. Efforts were also…

The True Spirit of Reaganing

Back in January 2008, Obama made several gestures at the idea that he wanted to emulate Reagan, not ideologically, of course, but stylistically. Beneath the immediate political trajectory of these mentions was the appearance of genuine admiration. His aspiration voiced authentic, and with two-thirds approval in the run-up to inauguration…

The Affordable Care Act Is In Jeopardy

Vox’s Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein have written competing takes on the Halbig decision. In Ezra’s view, the political gumption necessary to judicially strip tens of millions of citizens of their health insurence would be too fraught. Upholding Halbig would thrust the Court into the realm of national…

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 the governor as a “technocratic Progressive statist,” who is “stomping all over the earnest desires for freedom and good policy from…

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…

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