Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 64)

  • Forward … to the Past?

    The Austin American-Statesman reports that: Uber is … launching a horse and buggy version of its service meant to simulate what the service would be reduced to if Austin City Council’s regulations passed. The “special service” is named after Council Member Ann Kitchen, the chair of…
    Jon Guze, November 9, 2015
  • Court Finds House Haunted “As a Matter of Law”

    On Halloween a few years ago, in the New York State Bar Association Journal, Daniel B. Moar described the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley: The plaintiff had commenced an action to rescind a real estate purchase after he discovered that the house he bought was possessed by ghosts.
    Jon Guze, October 31, 2015
  • Boo!

    In what is apparently not a parody, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs at NC State provides a webpage full of helpful advice about how to make “sensitive costume choices”: Here are a few questions to ask yourself before donning that costume for the big day: Could…
    Jon Guze, October 30, 2015
  • 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 nationalreview.com, 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 Cato.org, 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