The Volokh Conspiracy (16)

Constitutional law scholars' amicus brief in the travel ban case explains why the Bill of Rights limits federal power over immigration

  One of the main points at issue in the travel ban case currently before the Supreme Court is whether President Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations is unconstitutional because its purpose is to discriminate against Muslims, in violation of ...

Learning from libertarianism: Thanks from an unrepentant social democrat

Many political philosophers are social democrats in a broad sense of the political label. They support the use of government to improve people's well-being through a wide variety of measures that require extensive taxation, reduce economic inequality and may well reduce the income of the best-off. ...

Guilty plea for 'brazen scheme to submit counterfeit federal court orders to Google'

From Friday's press release by the Justice Department : The Defendant Used Counterfeit Court Orders to Get Websites Containing Unfavorable Postings About His Company De-Indexed From Google Search Results … Michael Arnstein pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. to ...

Libertarianism, selfishness, and public goods

James Madison famously wrote, If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' He had a point. We tend to think that government intervention is needed because people are too selfish or otherwise flawed to do the right thing on their own. You've probably heard plenty of arguments that go ...

Short Circuit: A roundup of recent federal court decisions

New on the podcast: thought crime, buying food' at Costco, and Wyoming's ag-gag law. Two union leaders who threatened to picket Boston-area businesses aren't guilty of extortion, says the First Circuit, as peaceful picketing is legitimate labor

Introduction to the symposium on the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism'

Asking what is libertarianism is more like asking what distinguishes Georgetown from Foggy Bottom than asking how the White House fits together. Libertarianism is a body of related views; it has the unity of a neighborhood more so than a house. There are such things as libertarian conclusions. ...

Volokh Conspiracy symposium on the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism'

  I am pleased to announce that this week, the Volokh Conspiracy blog will host a symposium featuring posts by many of the contributors to the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism  , has just been published. This book is the most wide-ranging analysis of libertarianism, its

No monkey business here: The monkey selfie copyright case is over — for now

The G.M.S.C. , the Great Monkey Selfie Controversy , has, perhaps, come to an end. Everyone, I suspect, knows the background by now . David Slater, a professional wildlife photographer, left his camera on a tripod at his campsite

No monkey business here: The monkey selfie copyright case is over — for now

The G.M.S.C. , the Great Monkey Selfie Controversy , has, perhaps, come to an end. Everyone, I suspect, knows the background by now . David Slater, a professional wildlife photographer, left his camera on a tripod at his campsite on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where he was

Federal court rules against part of Trump plan to deny funds to sanctuary cities

Earlier today, a federal district court issued a ruling blocking part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new policy to withhold federal law enforcement grants from “sanctuary cities” - jurisdictions that in some ways refuse to assist federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. The ...

Public ignorance about the Constitution

A new survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center finds that most Americans are ignorant of many very basic facts about the Constitution. Chris Cilizza of CNN summarizes some of the lowlights: * More than one in three people could not name a single right ...

No U.S. discrimination claims against Facebook for blocking 'Sikhs For Justice' page in India

The organization Sikhs for Justice has a Facebook page. Facebook allegedly blocked the page in India, and SFJ claims that it did so “on its own or on the behest of the Government of India,” “because of discrimination against Plaintiff and Plaintiff's members on the grounds of race, ...

Court OKs child porn prosecution of minors who distribute sexual pictures of themselves

So the Supreme Court of the state of Washington held today in State v. Gray, by a 6-3 vote: Ferber placed child pornography outside the protections of the First Amendment. However, contends that Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition has since clarified that holding. In Free Speech

'Guns and Torts'

I thought I'd pass along this recent Journal of Tort Law article by Berkeley Prof. Stephen Sugarman, a leading tort law scholar. Here's the abstract : When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squabbled during their 2015-16 election campaigns over the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act ...

James Bond, Bernie Sanders, Internet deindexing requests — and Albania

In September 2015, the Center for Public Integrity ran a story about how Daniel Craig, the actor famous for portraying the British spy, … donated nearly $50,000 this summer to Americans Socially United, an organization purporting to support Sanders' upstart presidential campaign. What ...

Cato Constitution Day symposium this Monday

This coming Monday , the 230th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention completing its work on the new Constitution, our friends at the Cato Institute are hosting their 16th annual Constitution Day symposium on the Supreme Court's 2016 term .  All the details, and a registration form, can