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March 25, 2016

President's weekly report — March 25, 2016

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was only 22 years late, Coy Koontz has finally been vindicated. As you recall, we to ...

July 28, 2014

Join PLF's Timothy Sandefur & the Rio Grande Foundation to celebrate Milton Friedman's legacy

I’ll be speaking at the Rio Grande Foundation’s annual Milton Friedman Day celebration, at the University of New Mexico Law School in Albuquerque on Thursday. More information here. ...

April 12, 2013

A watered down victory for equality under the law in Tennessee

This week the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the state government from granting race and sex preferences.  What should have been a victory for proponents of equality under the law became a nonissue when the bill was amended at last minute to prohibit preferences granted “solely” on the basis of race or ...

October 17, 2012

Setting academic achievement goals based on skin color is a “race” to the bottom of educational policy

Individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  Most children learn that famous line from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at an early age.  Unfortunately, children in Florida public schools are going to learn a very different lesson by 2018. ...

September 04, 2012

Equality under the law; not economic equality

At PLF, we support equality under the law.  Indeed, we have a whole project area dedicated to it.  This should NOT be confused with ecomonic equality.  Our friends at FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, put together this nice video explaining why economic equality is not desirable. ...

January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We are celebrating a man who gave his life to liberty and equality under the law.  For someone born in 1979, in northern Wisconsin, it is hard for me to imagine that less than 50 years ago, Dr. King was leading a march on Washington to end segregationist ...

March 04, 2010

BAMN's legal silliness

Author: Joshua Thompson Mindingthecampus has an excellent article on BAMN's (a radical group that supports racial preferences By Any Means Necessary) ridiculous lawsuit against Proposition 209. The article points out that the lawsuit is nothing more than attempt to smear Ward Connerly, a man who has made it his mission to cham ...

February 19, 2010

What does "reverse discrimination" mean?

Author: Joshua Thompson Discrimination.  Period.  With respect to race, it means treating certain people differently because they have a certain favored or disfavored skin color. I am often dismayed by opponents of racial preferences (opponents of discrimination), or proponents of equality under the law, when they use the the term " ...

November 11, 2009

"The Battle for Equality"

Author: Joshua Thompson That's the title of a new article in California Lawyer, a magazine sent to me for free as an active member of the California bar.  But this is not just an article in a magazine.  California lawyers who read the article, can answer a few questions about it, send in a check for ...

October 18, 2009

The "diversity" rationale

Author: Joshua Thompson Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has an interesting post on the justificaiton(s) for race/ethnic preferences at public universities.  He notes how there are two general theories that are held out to justify such preferences: (1) compensatory justice; and (2) promotion of diversity.  He notes how th ...