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January 21, 2021

The Hill: Was 2020 a turning point for identity politics?

The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer has led to renewed interest in an important topic: equality before the law. Although Americans are united in their pursuit of this important principle, they are divided on what the term means. This divide is not along right-left lines. Instead, it is between collectivists who ...

January 14, 2021

Not only does Chicago’s racial contracting set asides hurt minorities, it’s unconstitutional

In 2020, COVID-19 devastated many small businesses, including construction companies that work on public projects such as public roads, public schools, or public hospitals. In 2021, Chicago can make it easier for those contractors to earn a living by eliminating its set-asides for minority-owned businesses. Chicago's Minority Business Enterprise (M ...

January 05, 2021

The Center Square: Chicago’s racial preferences for city contracts are bad for the city

A recent scandal involving influential government officials has rocked Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that several lawsuits have spawned from a corrupt scheme between government officials and an electric utility in Illinois. The utility company was charged with attempting to influence legislation by making payments to associates of House Spe ...

December 02, 2020

City Journal: Set-Asides Are Unconstitutional

Covid-19 has devastated small businesses nationwide, and New York's entrepreneurs and landlords have been particularly hard hit. In response, Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded millions of dollars to affected small businesses through the New York Forward Loan Fund. But to get these taxpayer-funded loans, it helps to be a minority-owned business, as ...

October 29, 2020

The Houston Chronicle: Free speech doesn’t pause on Election Day, end the Texas voting dress code

Election season is a time when Americans express their deepest beliefs. Yet polling place dress codes put government bureaucrats in charge of which views voters can express on their T-shirts and hats while they cast their ballot. The First Amendment protects an individual's right to hold her beliefs, and to share them with others. Yet ...

October 21, 2020

The Hill: De Blasio’s obsession with racial balance in schools has a clear victim: Asian students

Since the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants have come to the United States to obtain better futures for their children. These immigrants often worked long hours in grueling jobs. But they believed their children could have better lives in a country that grants opportunities based on merit and hard work, rather than on who you know. They ...

October 01, 2020

The Orange County Register: Prop. 16 won’t end injustice, but it will jeopardize equality under the law

One of the most remarkable aspects of the American story is how, over generations, our nation has fought to end racial discrimination in public life and to ensure that all Americans enjoy constitutional guarantees of equal protection before the law. This is why it's alarming that so many activists and government officials are rushing to ...

May 26, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle: Preserve Prop. 209: Don’t let racial discrimination return to California

Quick! Close your eyes and think of how coronavirus can be used as a justification for a law that you want to be enacted. Be creative! What's the biggest stretch you can come up with? The entry by California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, into this dubious contest is "Repeal the California Civil Rights Initiative." In ...

May 04, 2020

The Washington Examiner: States should follow federal government’s lead in waiving racial preferences in contracting, then end them for good

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, the federal government has suspended numerous regulations in order to alleviate burdens on companies performing much-needed work during the crisis and in hopes of boosting the struggling economy. But suspending regulations in response to the crisis also underscores the reality that a great many of these rules are ...

September 13, 2019

Remembering why free speech is important

At a time when freedom of speech seems to be under assault, it's worth stepping back to reconsider why it matters. In a free society, all citizens must be able to pursue their own paths, set their own goals, and think for themselves. Of course, in America and elsewhere, there are norms, orthodoxies, and taboos. ...

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