FIRE Attacks Northern Michigan University's Shocking, Wanton Rule Against Students Sharing Suicidal Thoughts

I've written about some pretty outrageous cases of university censorship, like Bergen Community College's idiotic crusade against Game of Thrones t-shirts or University of Wisconsin-Stout's imbecilic response to Firefly references. The Foundation for Individual Rights In Education -- FIRE, the boogeyman of Alternet writers and the professionally offended -- has played a major role in vindicating rights in many of those cases. But I've never seen a FIRE case that outraged me … [Read More...]

Get The Popehat T-Shirt

Do you want to virtue signal that you believe in liberty, are prone to making abrupt taint-related invitations, and may possibly erupt into an angry rant about some obscure point of law at any moment? Now you don't have to say a word! The first Popehat t-shirt is available at Cotton Bureau — one design […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Ask Popehat! Joe Manchin Edition

Welcome to Ask Popehat!, the feature where we take your questions on topics ranging from law to ethics to proper child rearing, and give sensible easily digested answers that you can share with friends and family at the dinner table. For this edition, we'd like to welcome Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. As the […]

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In Support Of A Total Ban on Civilians Owning Firearms

I support the argument that the United States should enact a total ban on civilians owning firearms. Oh, I don't support the ban. I support the argument. I support the argument because it's honest and specific. It doesn't hide the ball, it doesn't refuse to define terms, it doesn't tell rely on telling people they […]

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Lawsplainer: IT'S NOT RICO, DAMMIT

I have a question. Angels and ministers of grace defend me. Would it be RICO if . . . NnnnoooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO via GIPHY . . . . No. But how do you know? I haven't even described the case yet. It's never RICO! I mean, not literally never. But I can say with a very high […]

Schadenfreude Is Not A First Amendment Value

I've got an op-ed up in the LA Times.

The Ninth Circuit Offers Prenda Law A Brusque Bench-Slap

The notorious gang of crooked fraudsters and copyright trolls Prenda law — documented extensively here — continues to face bad fortune. Last month we learned that the FBI is investigating them. Now, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the apocalyptic sanctions order that marked their turning point — Judge […]

Hello! You've Been Referred Here Because You're Wrong About The First Amendment.

Welcome! Someone has referred you to this post because you've said something quite wrong about the First Amendment. I apologize for this impersonal approach to your mistake. I would prefer to offer you an artisanal response to your wrongness, something that would respect and celebrate the unique ways that you've taken one of the most […]

The Brock Allen Turner Rape Case And The Nature of Empathy

I've got a post up over at Fault Lines about the Brock Allen Turner case.

Lawsplainer: When Must Federal Judges Recuse Themselves, Anyway?

I have a question about Donald Trump. Hell. I am in Hell. This is Hell. Calm down. I just want to ask about his argument about that federal judge hearing the Trump University case. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the United States District Judge hearing two related cases against Trump and Trump University, which I wrote about […]

Libertarianism as Ten Questions Rather Than Ten Answers

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for President, is polling extremely well for someone who isn't a Republican or Democrat. That will likely revive the questions "what is the Libertarian Party," anyway?" and "what is a libertarian, anyway?" It is traditional for those questions to be answered snidely, contemptuously, or with a disturbing degree of uncombed […]