Gun Policy and Intellectual Honesty

If we are going, to have ourselves a serious debate regarding guns and gun policy, it would behoove us to get the facts right. I recognize that this is a revolutionary thought in some circles, but the hardworking staff here at PejmanYousefzadeh.net does believe that certain idiosyncrasies and departures from the norm can be beneficial. …

What to Do about Gun Control

In the aftermath of the absolutely terrible shooting in Oregon, there are renewed calls for the United States to act in order to stop gun violence and mass shootings. Unfortunately, the calls to act don't usually come with any solutions, so the debate usually involves endless repetitions of the Politician's Syllogism. I certainly want to …

The New York Times Editorial Page Reluctantly Accepts Facts

We should all be aware of the fact that the New York Times editorial page hates, hates, hates Rick Perry. In the event that there is any doubt, the Times editors go out of their way to make their hatred plain and clear to even the most obtuse by stating that Perry "is one of …

Why Rick Perry’s Indictment Appears to Be Bogus on First, Second, Third, Fourth and Even Fifth Glance

Eugene Volokh explains that there is reason to believe the statute under which Rick Perry was indicted is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. As the title of this blog post indicates, I am certainly inclined to agree based on the facts and based on Professor Volokh's analysis. From the ruling in State v. Hanson, which is quoted in …

What We Learn from Today’s Supreme Court Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two important decisions today. Both were rightly decided, in my view. The first was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Eugene Volokh has a very good rundown of the case here. Note the following from his post: . . . The owners of Hobby Lobby sincerely believe that it’s wrong for them …

Kudos to Eugene Volokh and the Volokh Conspiracy

He and they are the subjects of a properly admiring profile, one that describes very accurately the scope of the Conspiracy's influence: Last week, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether religiously owned corporations like Hobby Lobby should be exempt from providing contraception coverage to their employees, the government’s reply brief cited dozens of cases and …

Striking a Blow for Economic Liberty

This is very good news: “The IRS may not unilaterally expand its authority through such an expansive, atextual, and ahistorical reading of” the law. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit used these words in a Feb. 11 ruling that struck down an Obama administration regulation on tax preparers. Federal judges should copy this phrase and be …

Corporations and Other Business Entities Should Be Treated Like Natural Persons

Senators Jon Tester and Patty Murray are out to deprive corporations and corporate entities of constitutional rights. Eugene Volokh explains why this is an absolutely terrible idea. From his conclusion, discussing what would happen if the Tester-Murray amendment is adopted:. . . goodbye, First Amendment protection for the New York Times, CNN, the ACLU, the NRA, and …