Jon Sanders

Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 202)

  • Common sense on free expression

    My column on the UNC system's use of NC State's embattled Free Expression Tunnel as a wedge to push for new hate-speech codes and the dream of diversity re-education systemwide was discussed on the blog, a site for alumni and fans of NC State athletics. Not surprisingly, as their discussion shows, understood what UNC pretends to miss — that the Free Expression Tunnel offers a living monument to America's revolutionary approach to free speech: let it remain free, and let offensive speech be defeated by more speech, not governmental tyranny. (That is so much more empowering than UNC's maternalistic presumption that Oh! These top students in North Carolina, the poor poor dears, are dreadfully incapable of dealing with bad words, can never learn to deal with them, and therefore must be protected from them always!
    Jon Sanders, January 19, 2009
  • Depend upon it, whatever happens with gasoline prices, it’s always bad news

    Over the past month, the fluctuating price of gasoline has provided a good example of Jacob Sullum’s observation that economic conventional wisdom tends to find the negative side of anything and everything, even the cardinal opposite of something previously pronounced “bad,” e.g.: “Rising prices are bad, and so are…
    Jon Sanders, January 8, 2009
  • NC State alumni love the Free Expression Tunnel — don’t tell UNC’s Speech Police!

    I just received the latest issue of the NC State Alumni Magazine, and it has an article on “Things We Love About NC State.” Guess what one of them is? FREE EXPRESSION TUNNEL: Say what you want about it (and on its walls), it’s one of the…
    Jon Sanders, December 23, 2008
  • News Donna can use: Man returns found money twice in two days

    Thank God that, in the midst of a resurgent entitlement mentality sweeping the nation, from Wilmington to Wisconsin, there still are some people like this gentleman in Auburn, Maine: A Maine man found a wallet stuffed with cash on the floor in a home…
    Jon Sanders, December 20, 2008
  • Almost as dumb as the UNC System trying to find a hate crime in NC State’s Free Expression Tunnel

    This incident of across-the-pond idiocy nearing that of the NC State Free Expression Tunnel controversy comes to us courtesy the FAIL Blog:…
    Jon Sanders, December 20, 2008
  • An incredibly horrific crime

    From the N&O’s account of the New Hill horror: Four teenagers charged with Matthew Silliman’s death foretold his future using tarot cards, beat him on the head with a hammer, bound him with zip ties, and suffocated him with duct tape, according to search warrants unsealed late Wednesday. Wake…
    Jon Sanders, December 18, 2008
  • Where is the outrage? Is this not horrific?

    AP: An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin’s church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances. … The blaze was set…
    Jon Sanders, December 15, 2008
  • Where are they? (version no. 99)

    Per WRAL: A man accused of raping a former Duke student last year is in jail again, charged with the same crime against a different woman. The first victim’s father says the new charge could have been prevented if bond had been set higher in the case involving his daughter.
    Jon Sanders, November 25, 2008