Thomas Jefferson High School becomes an arena for the battle between parents and policy

January 24, 2022 | By JOSEPH KAST

**This article appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Pacific Legal Foundation’s quarterly magazine, Sword&Scales**   The large auditorium was mostly empty when the Fairfax County School Board held its public hearing in May. Schools had been closed for much of the school year and Fairfax’s indoor mask mandate was still in effect. ...


“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” beautifully depicts the realities of the housing crisis

December 23, 2020 | By JOSEPH KAST

A version of this article will appear in The Culture Issue, the Spring 2020 edition of PLF’s magazine Sword&Scales ~~~ In classic westerns, the heroes and villains are straightforward. Bad guys wear black hats and descend on a small town protected by the white-hatted local lawman. We head toward a violent climax and when the … ...