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Articles by James V. DeLong

Why Voters Grew Tired of Cantor Sunday, June 29, 2014
One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view, if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the ...
Tempest at a Tea Party Sunday, March 16, 2014
For 50 years, the IRS has been exceeding its authority. The agency should get out of the business of regulating political speech.
America’s Crisis of Political Legitimacy Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Founders were right to posit that a breakdown of the limits of government would cause a breakdown of consent. Only 22 percent of likely voters say the ...
The Ghost of Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes Gets a Second Chance Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The parallels between these New Deal laws, particularly the National Industrial Recovery Act, and ObamaCare practically write themselves.
It’s Not a Welfare State, It’s a Special Interest State Thursday, June 14, 2012
The concept of ‘welfare’ has become an open, bottomless vessel into which every desire can be poured.
Can Government Be Limited? Friday, April 20, 2012
Under current law, it is difficult for the Supreme Court to uphold the healthcare mandate so as to prevent free riding while also preventing its use to extract ...
Does the Constitution Make You a Cash Cow? Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Nowhere in any of the cases on ObamaCare does there seem to be a serious argument that the individual mandate is an intolerable intrusion on economic liberty.
Washington’s Seizure of Sunk Capital: Part II Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The importance of the issues of political opportunism, free riding, the commons, and constitutional bargains are well-known to everyone, except the Supreme ...
Washington’s Seizure of Sunk Capital Wednesday, June 8, 2011
DC influence peddlers should consider whether it is really in the interests of their principals to flatten all the protections for sunk capital, and make ...
Eminent Domain (at a Price) Saturday, December 18, 2010
The solution to the abuse of the eminent domain process is not endless legal inquiries or other ways to enrich lawyers. The answer is money.
Protecting Property on the Internet Thursday, December 9, 2010
Free speech does not include the right to shout, ‘Fake goods here!’ in a crowded digital marketplace.
Tea Time for Vets Thursday, October 21, 2010
One can see the Tea Parties, and the protests of VFW members, as a reaction to the Washington culture’s failure to address our collective problems of ...
Googling the Book Settlement Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Clashes between competing visions of the good are more compelling than humdrum stories of good versus evil. This is no different.
Making Finance Easy to Fix, Not Hard to Break Thursday, May 13, 2010
In the Bizzaro world of Washington, the narrative labels it 'anti-reform' to oppose a bill that would further entrench the people largely to blame for the ...
Supreme Climate Folly Friday, December 18, 2009
The Supreme Court, which jealously guards against any hint of a religious symbol on public property lest it establish a religion, has gone a long way toward ...
Opening a Can of Worms: Government and Climate Change Data Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since open government is a major initiative of the administration, and so is climate change, one mighty collision is coming soon.
Bleeding Biotech Saturday, October 24, 2009
Given all the hopes for medical progress that ride on biotech progress, one might assume that Congress and the administration would seek ways to encourage ...
Rhett Butler Comes to Washington Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It would be wise for businesses to band together to defend free-market culture and make their money from our civilization’s rise.
How to Think About Net Neutrality Saturday, September 26, 2009
History suggests the best course is not to borrow trouble, as the old phrase goes, but to let the system 'develop itself in its own way,' and act only in ...
Maybe We Should Spend More on Healthcare Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The argument that we spend too much on healthcare makes little sense, and the current ‘spend too much’ panic will prompt us to cut costs at the expense of the ...
Behind the Green Dam Thursday, July 9, 2009
The controversies over Internet filtering are only just beginning.
The Coming of the Fourth American Republic Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Special Interest State that has shaped American life for 70 years is dying. What comes next is uncertain, but there are grounds for optimism.
Preparing the Obituary Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Netizens and the news business are locked in a mutually destructive death spiral. Can anything arrest the decline?
Avoiding a Tech Train Wreck Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The industry is consumed by disputes similar to those that once roiled American politics. We can avoid past mistakes.