About: Jon Sanders

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

Recent Posts by Jon Sanders

At last we can denounce the racism and antifeminism of Greek yogurt

(I suppose I should include a “trigger warning” for the highly suggestible types.) Earlier this year I theorized why professors say such abjectly stupid things as “canoes reek of genocide” and pumpkins bespeak a “perilous whiteness.” There has to be some explanation why supposedly intelligent people are discovering atrocious racism, sexism, and so forth in the blandest,Continue Reading






Cronyism by any other name is still wrong

Q. How should an advocate for individual liberty and market freedom approach the presidency of Donald Trump? A. The same way as always: evaluate policy proposals on how they would likely affect people’s God-given rights, their freedoms, and their abilities to choose and order their lives as they see fit with the protection of and no unnecessary interference fromContinue Reading






Tearer Downers: Even home improvement shows have to preach leftist politics or else

Somehow it was decided that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the delightfully wholesome couple behind the very popular “Fixer Upper” show on HGTV, must be attacked for politics. Why? They’re not political. There’s nothing political about the show. It’s about helping people create their dream home within a set budget out of an older home. Oh. IContinue Reading






‘Moral’ trickery gets dozens arrested and would disemploy hundreds of thousands

WTVD reports on a rather cynical political stunt by the NC NAACP last night in Durham: Protesters in Durham blocked traffic on North Roxboro Street Tuesday evening, demanding a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour. At least 53 were arrested. Led by the NC NAACP, demonstrators sat down in the road and chanted. Police inContinue Reading






Individual liberty and human prosperity are incompatible with tribalism

Here’s an good read from Reason on the curse of tribalism, or identity politics. That would be the race/gender/sex/creed/etc. politics primarily peddled by the left, the reaction to which was in isolated pockets also tribal. Author Robby Soave writes: in subjugating individual rights, [identity politics] also undermine social welfare. Instead of asking whether a given policy makesContinue Reading






NC DEQ Secretary calls Obama’s EPA on its midnight-regulations scheme

Donald van der Vaart, head of the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality, has issued a letter urging Pres. Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to beg off its shameless power-grabbing scheme of “midnight regulations” in the waning hours of the Obama administration. Sec. van der Vaart’s DEQ is no stranger to protecting North Carolinians from anContinue Reading






Trump signals the right approach toward regulation

Carolina Journal reports: President-elect Donald Trump is likely to reshape the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and alter some of its most burdensome regulations, which will benefit North Carolina farmers, businesses, and utility ratepayers, state Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald van der Vaart says. Two of President Obama’s signature regulations, the Clean Power Plan, andContinue Reading






This Thanksgiving, stuff the turkey, then stuff your politics. Enjoy your loved ones.

Perhaps there are some conservatives fed up with the “progressive” practice these past few years of rudely commandeering family gatherings to prate, pressure, and proselytize their loved ones over politics. Smug, feckless, chestless “Pajama Boy” was the worst example of this mentality. It idolized this vision of a self-satisfied, naive perpetual adolescent living off his parents, with no otherContinue Reading






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