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)

  • Inconsistency Has Its Uses

    Unlike many of my colleagues, I’ve never been an admirer of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Not only were many of his opinions wrongly decided, even the ones that were right were often so poorly reasoned and incoherent and that they did more harm than good. For me, Holmes’ lack of logical…
    Jon Guze, April 26, 2018
  • An Intriguing New Publication

    Tim Worstall is a senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London. He’s just started a new online publication called the Continental Telegraph. I haven’t had time to read much of it yet, but it comes highly recommended, and it includes a satirical advice column by “Aunt…
    Jon Guze, April 25, 2018
  • 21st Century Headlines

    “Cops used dead man’s finger in attempt to unlock his phone.” It appeared above this story in the Tampa Bay Times: Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal. What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate.
    Jon Guze, April 24, 2018
  • How the Elite’s Rejection of Democracy Gave Rise to Populism

    In a recent post at the Law and Liberty blog, John McGinnis explains how, “Elite Constraints on Democracy Encourage Populism”: Over the weekend the New York Times published another in its stream of op-eds about how democracy is endangered by President Trump in particular and populism…
    Jon Guze, April 20, 2018
  • “A call for more science in forensic science”

    That’s the title of an opinion piece published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Here are some excerpts: Forensic science is at a crossroads. It is torn between the practices of science, which require empirical demonstration of the validity and accuracy of…
    Jon Guze, April 19, 2018
  • “Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical and nuclear weapons.”

    According to a recent report by United Nations Watch. The report continues: Despite accusations that it perpetrated yet another deadly chemical weapons attack on Saturday, Syria will next month chair the United Nations disarmament forum that produced the treaty banning chemical weapons. You can’t make this stuff up!…
    Jon Guze, April 12, 2018
  • A Free Speech Primer

    If you’re looking for a way to explain the importance of free speech to your college-aged friends and relatives, Heterodox Academy has the book for you! All Minus One is an abridged edition of Chapter Two of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. All Minus One is edited by Heterodox Academy…
    Jon Guze, April 12, 2018
  • The Captured Economy

    In a recent column that appeared in the London Times, Matt Ridley reviews a new book by Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles called The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality. Here are some excerpts from Ridley’s review: While the world…
    Jon Guze, April 10, 2018