Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 61)

  • Is the Constitution Gender Neutral?

    Responding to scholars who have suggested that, under an originalist interpretation, the Constitution bars women from high office including the Presidency, Robert Natelson provides an interesting historical analysis of the question in the Washington Post. He finds, perhaps surprisingly, that the evidence “points firmly to the conclusion that the framers did…
    Jon Guze, October 28, 2015
  • Evidently the Force Wasn’t with Him

    The Guardian reports that: The Star Wars character Chewbacca has been dragged before a court in Odessa, in perhaps the most surreal episode in local elections across Ukraine that have been both hotly contested and rife with dirty tricks. The man inside the costume was fined 170…
    Jon Guze, October 27, 2015
  • Money and Politics

    In a recent post at BloombergView, Megan McArdle draws our attention to a New York Times summary of campaign fundraising that seems to contradict the conventional narative regarding the supposedly decisive, and insidious, role of money in politics: Hillary Clinton has done well in both traditional and PAC fundraising, but…
    Jon Guze, October 21, 2015
  • An Interesting Meditation on the Desire to Punish

    In a fascinating discussion at, Kevin Williamson reminds us that, “The duty to punish is distinct from the desire to punish,” and that the latter can lead us badly astray: The desire to punish distorts policy-making decisions across the political spectrum…. A horrific example of this can…
    Jon Guze, October 19, 2015
  • The Continuing Relevance of Magna Carta

    Some western intellectuals have tried to dismiss Magan Carta as an anachronistic irrelevance. However, as Roger Pilon explains at, in reality it remains a potent symbol for the still revolutionary ideas of limited, constitutional government and individual rights: Cynics, and sometimes realists too, dismiss the power of ideas. Tyrants don’t. The…
    Jon Guze, October 16, 2015
  • 6th Circuit Puts Obama’s “Waters of the US” Rule on Hold

    The Hill reports that: In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal.
    Jon Guze, October 12, 2015
  • “If they’re not charging you for your use, then they’re charging someone else to use you.”

    With that catchy epigram, Megan McArdle neatly summarizes the business model that supports online enterprises like Facebook and explains why it’s unrealistic to expect them to stop collecting data about their users.
    Jon Guze, October 12, 2015