About: Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

Sometimes we need research that states the obvious: a realization

I have been an unrepentant mocker of that subset of academic research, usually funded with public monies, that purports to “find” the obvious. Some of those include such game-changers as men want hot women, women appreciate jokes more when they’re funny, distractions impede learning, and a person who hates Israel is more likely to be anti-Semitic. Research has even proven thatContinue Reading

Pardon me, your lordships, but where is the free speech zone at a public university?

A public university, by dint of being a public university, is itself a free speech zone. This fact inconveniences anti–free-speech “progressives,” self-styled “social justice warriors,” and other would-be dictators of discourse. And they haven’t yet been able to shout down and drive off all ideas they wish never to be heard. But if others’ freeContinue Reading

NC’s sunset and periodic review of rules — more encouraging news

Here are the latest numbers on the progress of the periodic review and examination of existing rules: 8,017 total rules reviewed so far 4,850 rules to remain unchanged 2,296 rules subject to the readoption process 871 rules to be removed This reform is from the landmark Regulatory Reform Act of 2013. Sunset provisions with periodic review was a policy that, based on my study, I thought would be good forContinue Reading

Let’s have freedom without the but-face

Eric Rowell’s column this week in the Herald Weekly (serving Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson), opens this way: Have you ever heard someone say something along the lines of “I’m all for free speech, but …” Unfortunately, yes, I have — too frequently, and usually from those who don’t believe in free speech at all. I call thatContinue Reading

Price-gouging: a lesson from Raleigh

Price-gouging laws are another instance of “fixing” a problem by making it worse. Here is a video from Art Carden that explains. Simply put, after a disaster, a (temporarily) high price acts like a cattle call to bring supply where it’s needed from where it’s plentiful: The video is based on Duke professor Michael Munger’s piece from 2007, “TheyContinue Reading

The N&O strikes a slightly different tone on Obamacare than they did three years ago

(It’s just a slightly different tone. It’s still the greatest thing, you know.) Three years ago this month, the editors of The News & Observer were confidently predicting a day when we proles would look toward the ACA with happy reverence, the way posters depicted dutiful Soviet children gazing at Uncle Joe. With the ACA, the editors declared “the futureContinue Reading

Duke U. researcher: wastewater from fracking is mostly natural brines

Again, research confirms that fracking is an intrinsically safe process. Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has released a new study of the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process. Aside: Remember when The News & Observer was so confident that Vengosh and fellow researcher Robert Jackson were going toContinue Reading

Municipal broadband—another case of media love for cronyism

The media oppose government getting cozy with big business. They tell us so. But when it happens, and it happens a lot, they tend to like it. Media actually upholding their principles against cronyism is, like the old Danish King’s Rouse, “more honor’d in the breach than the observance.” Take WRAL TechWire’s announcement today, for instance. Turning aContinue Reading

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