Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies
Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Before joining the John Locke Foundation, Jon practiced law in Durham, North Carolina for over twenty years. He received a J.D., with honors, from Duke Law School in 1994 and an A.B. in history from Harvard College in 1972. In between, he studied architecture and, as a Vice President at HOK, Inc., he managed numerous large architectural and engineering projects across the US and in the UK.

Jon lives in Durham, NC with his wife of forty years. He has four children and three grandchildren.

Posts by Jon Guze (page 1)

  • These Ron Paul Tweets about the Spending Bill Say It All

      Well here it is, all 2,232 budget-busting pages. The House already started votes on it. The Senate is expected to soon. No one has read it. Congress is broken… — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018…
    Jon Guze, March 22, 2018
  • Maintaining Personal Privacy in the Internet Age — It’s Not Just a Problem for Facebook Users

    While the rest of the country has focused on the controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s access to personal information about Facebook users, a controversy over police access to personal information about Google users has emerged closer to home. Last week, WRAL reported that: In at least four…
    Jon Guze, March 21, 2018
  • “Clock Boy” Gets His Clock Cleaned … Again!

    14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed created quite a stir in 2015 when he brought a strange-looking electronic device into MacArthur High School in Irving, TX. Although Ahmed later claimed the device was simply a home-made a digital clock, police officers took him into custody and charged him with making a “hoax bomb.” The charges…
    Jon Guze, March 16, 2018
  • Are social media to blame for polarization? Maybe not.

    According to the conventional view, by making it easy for people to exclude alternative points of view and live inside internet “bubbles,” social media have played a significant role in “turning the nation into a polarized dystopia.” In a recent article at, however, John Samples points out that the available research doesn’t…
    Jon Guze, March 12, 2018
  • “What Makes Us Equal”

    That’s the title of a thought-provoking article by Frank Buckley. In it, Buckley compares the media’s recent coverage of America’s rural poor, with the way rural poverty was covered in previous eras: After the 2016 election, when white working-class voters turned out for Donald Trump, the New York…
    Jon Guze, March 12, 2018
  • Makeup Artist Wins Concession from North Carolina Cosmetics Board

    The Institute for Justice has announced that: The North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners has agreed to allow stand-alone makeup schools to operate without an unnecessary, government-issued license. The shift, which closes a six-month-old federal lawsuit, means Charlotte makeup artist Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani is finally free to…
    Jon Guze, March 8, 2018
  • News You Can Use: Necessity is a valid defense in a DWI case, even when you’re driving a golf cart.

    In a recent decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals confirmed that the common law “necessity” defense is available in DWI cases: The rationale behind the defense is based upon the public policy that “the law ought to promote the achievement of higher values at the expense of…
    Jon Guze, March 8, 2018
  • Vindicating the “Fruits of Their Labor” Clause of the N.C. Constitution

    The  clause appears in Article I, Section 1: We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the…
    Jon Guze, March 8, 2018