How The University of Chicago Could Have Done A Better Job Defending Free Speech

The University of Chicago made the news last week with a strongly worded letter defending academic freedom. The heart of it was this: Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own Reactions were predictable. Critics of … [Read More...]

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 […]

David French For President

I stand with David French. I don't stand with him on social issues, at least not most of the time. I don't stand with him on many geopolitical issues — though I note that he's willing to back up his views by volunteering for military service rather than merely sending other people to risk their […]

Lawsplainer: Is There Anything Unusual About Judge Curiel's Orders In The Trump University Case?

Where have you been? Busy. Lawyering. Parenting. Playing Stellaris. Thus and such. You have obligations! You have genital warts. Hey! Be nice. So, what's up with this crazy judge? You'll have to be far more specific. You know, the judge who has it in for Donald Trump. Oh. United States District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the […]

FBI Actively Investigating Prenda Law Team For Fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Minneapolis office is conducting an active investigation of the principals of Prenda Law, the notorious team of crooked copyright trolls that I've spilled so much e-ink over here. Today I spoke with two sources who confirmed receiving a letter from the FBI inquiring about their experiencing with Prenda and seeking […]

Master of Orion diplomacy in action.


Once in a while we return to our roots: Popehat began as a blog about computer gaming and similar disreputable pastimes. Nowadays it takes a hell of a game to make us admit that. So, back in the days of VGA graphics cards and pentium processors, "turn-based strategy games" were a thing. A big thing. […]

Popehat's Old Friend Bill Johnson Turns Up, This Time As A Donald Trump Delegate, of Course

Long-time Popehat readers probably remember good ol' Bill Johnson. I first wrote about Mr. Johnson in 2008, when he ran for a seat on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mr. Johnson used to go by the name James O. Pace, under which name he advocated repealing the 14th and 15th Amendments and replacing them […]

Kosovo Deserves Digital Independence 

When I did my LLM in Italy, I got sat at the “Muslim Table” during a dinner. They plunked down three bottles of wine. I said “well, as long as you guys don’t mind me drinking here, I’ll be happy to be at the Muslim table.” The guy next to me says "I can not […]

Popehat Signal Update: Awesome Team Gets Great Appellate Result in Frivolous Case By AIDS Denier

Way back in 2013 I lit the Popehat Signal to get pro bono help for J. Todd Deshong, a blogger and HIV-positive AIDS activist. Woo merchant and AIDS denialist Clark Barker filed a frivolous lawsuit against Deshong, claiming that Deshong's critical web sites defamed him and infringed his trademark. A legal Dream Team assembled swiftly […]