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Ian Underwood

Voting wrongs

Imagine going into a meeting of a homeowner’s association and saying: I don’t own any of these units, but I stay here sometimes with a friend who owns one, so I should get a vote. Imagine going into a meeting of the shareholders of a corporation saying:  I don’t own any shares of this company, …

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Living wage, or MSRP?

Every time I hear about a state (most recently Massachusetts) or city (most recently Seattle) raising the minimum wage to some unsustainable level, it makes me wonder what I would do if I ran a business in one of those jurisdictions. The obvious responses would be to (1) move to a new jurisdiction, (2) hire …

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Textualist, or contextualist?

I keep hearing that Brett Kavanaugh is a committed textualist, a clear thinker, someone who reveres the written Constitution, and so on.  I have to say, I’m not seeing it in his opinions. To take just one of many examples that people are discussing, let’s look at his dissent in the second Heller case, which …

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Searching for Justice Frodo

It never ceases to amaze me how many people find it reasonable to think that we need to go to court to get an answer to a question like:  Can a state enact a law banning the ownership of semi-automatic rifles? Textualism says that when applying a statute or constitutional provision, we should look only …

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How to End School Bullying

In Robert Heinlein’s story ‘Friday’, the California Confederacy, noting that Californians with college degrees earn more than those with high school diplomas alone, enacts a law granting all citizens a bachelor’s degree upon graduation from high school.