Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 7)

  • Statewide lockdowns aren’t just outrageously authoritarian; they’re also ineffectual, and they waste valuable time and energy that should be used to fight COVID-19.

    In “Statewide lockdowns unnecessarily divide, divert us from task at hand,” I suggested that “even in the absence of statewide lockdown orders, voluntary social distancing would have had more or less the same effects on both the spread of COVID-19 and on the economy,” and I provided evidence compiled…
    Jon Guze, May 8, 2020
  • What accounts for the decline of religion in American life?

    Lyman Stone attempts to answer that question in a new paper published by the American Enterprize Institute. The title is “Promise and peril: The history of American religiosity and its recent decline,” and the key findings are: American religiosity is in rapid decline according to numerous measures. However, Americans…
    Jon Guze, May 4, 2020
  • Why are COVID-19 death rates so much higher in states with Democratic governors?

    That’s the provocative question raised by James R. Rogers in a recent peice at the Law & Liberty blog: When controlling for the differences in population across states, the number of deaths from coronavirus is over three times higher in states with Democratic governors than in states…
    Jon Guze, May 2, 2020
  • COVID-19 Crisis Exposes Need for Eminent Domain Reform

    For many years, eminent domain reform has been an important part of the John Locke Foundation’s policy agenda, and it will continue to be an important policy goal going forward. However, while our previous recommendations have focused on the need to ensure that real property can only be taken for truly public use…
    Jon Guze, April 27, 2020
  • The Enforcement of COVID-19 Emergency Orders Illustrates Why We Shouldn’t Use the Criminal Law for Regulatory Purposes

    Over the course of recent weeks, Americans have been shocked by the unseemly and divisive spectacle of police officers threatening to arrest people, and in some cases actually arresting people, for engaging in a peaceful protests, for attending religious services, even for playing with their kids in deserted parks. While…
    Jon Guze, April 27, 2020
  • Two Great COVID-19 Pieces by Lyman Stone

    Stone’s a Hong Kong based demographer who’s been providing expert commentary on the pandemic from the very beginning. Two of his recent pieces are must-reads: Suspending WHO Funding Should Be Just the Beginning and Lockdowns Don’t Work. The latter is particularly eye-opening. Here’s Stone’s summary: Many policies provide…
    Jon Guze, April 23, 2020
  • How Effective Are Stay-at-Home Orders? Continued

    Demographer Lyman Stone, who’s been in Hong Kong throughout the COVID-19 crisis, has some thoughts. Here are some highlights from a recent tweet storm:…
    Jon Guze, April 15, 2020
  • How Effective Are Stay-at-Home Orders?

    European countries and American states were shockingly quick to impose blanket lock-downs in response to COVID-19, despite having no empirical evidence that such extreme measures would be effective, let alone that they would effective enough to justify the economic and social costs they would entail. Taking such an unprecedented and…
    Jon Guze, April 15, 2020