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Author: Daniel Ortner

October 09, 2019

The Daily Caller: Don’t expect diversity of thought at University of California

The University of California, Davis, advertises itself as a place "to freely hear, express, and debate different ideas and points of view." But as this new semester progresses, students may begin to wonder why every professor seems to be teaching from the same ideological textbook. To understand why, just look at the California university system's ...

October 04, 2019

California Lawyer: An innocuous Supreme Court case could be a blockbuster

A bankruptcy proceeding isn’t ordinarily what you think of as a Supreme Court blockbuster. But when the bankruptcy proceeding is brought on behalf of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and involves over 100 billion dollars in debt, then everyone should take notice. More than an issue of dollars and cents, the pending challenge to actions ...

August 19, 2019

Video game bans are unconstitutional, and they won’t prevent violent crimes

The search for rational explanations in the wake of terrible tragedies is understandable. When people do horrible things, the natural reaction is to ask why. Unfortunately, that same impulse can lead to rushed judgment and misplaced blame. In the wake of multiple recent mass shootings, some elected officials and advocates have suggested banning vio ...

August 12, 2019

The Hill: Government regulation of social media would kill the internet — and free speech

Social media companies have been criticized for disproportionately restricting content that offends political progressives. For example, a Pinterest insider recently leaked documents showing that the platform censors pro-life speech as "pornography." Popular "classical liberal" YouTuber Dave Rubin has complained that his videos are flagged and disc ...

August 06, 2019

The Hill: New York taxi regulator tries to put the brakes on free speech

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have revolutionized local transportation and broken stagnant taxi monopolies. Ridesharing offers customers convenience and value, while providing drivers the opportunity to earn money on a flexible schedule. But there are downsides to this innovative new arrangement. For example, Uber drivers often work long ...

July 05, 2019

Supreme Court: Freedom of speech still applies to offensive speech

The First Amendment protects your right to say things that are crude, disparaging, immoral, or scandalous. It protects George Carlin's monologues the same as Shakespeare's sonnets. And it also means the government cannot deny you a trademark just because it doesn't like your brand name or message. Two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down ...

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