Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 62)

  • 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
  • You Better Watch Out…

    In 1934, J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie sold their song “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” and “the right to secure copyright therein” to Leo Feist, Inc. In return, Feist agreed to publish the song and pay them royalties. At the time, copyright protection was only available for a maximum of 56 years. However,…
    Jon Guze, October 9, 2015
  • “A Candidate for Our Time”

    That’s what Matthew Iglesias called Hillary Clinton in a recent Vox post. Why? Because she’s willing to bend–or even break–the law in order to get what she wants: From her adventures in cattle trading to chairing a policymaking committee in her husband’s White House to running for…
    Jon Guze, October 8, 2015