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The Supreme Court Completes Its Inversion of the Commerce Clause

In its ruling on South Dakota v. Wayfair—basically, the ruling that means you will now have to pay goddamned sales tax on everything you buy online—the Supreme Court has completed the long arc of its interpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause. It has taken a constitutional provision whose original purpose was to limit the power […]

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One Neck, Ready for One Leash

The Internet has brought us one of the greatest expansions of the free flow of information in history, so naturally government bureaucrats think this has to stop immediately. And when it comes to unaccountable bureaucrats getting their way, it’s hard to beat the European Union. Hence Wednesday’s preliminary vote on a set of EU Internet […]

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Followers

There is now widespread agreement that social media is a problem. In describing his hiring at The Atlantic and abrupt firing at the behest of a Twitter mob, Kevin Williamson concludes that the problem is how “the rage-fueled tribalism of social media, especially Twitter, has infected the op-ed pages and, to some extent, the rest […]

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Adventures Across the Poe Horizon

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Adventures Across the Poe Horizon, Part 1 If you set out to write a parody showing the folly of gun control, it might look something like this. “London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the technological dystopia Silicon Valley is creating for us. 1. Samizdat Social Media The Internet era was supposed to set information free, wasn’t it? So why is it becoming the new era of […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is the strange contempt for science among its vocal defenders. 1. Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association? The latest adventure in coerced baking—the Supreme Court is hearing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights […]

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AT&T’s Cautionary Tale for Net Neutrality

Last week’s announcement by Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC will soon vote to roll back “Net Neutrality” regulations has produced a lot of hysterical overreaction, with headlines proclaiming, “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet as We Know It.” This obviously counts on the audience’s ignorance of history. The Internet started in 1969 […]

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Those Who Don’t Learn from Telecom History Are Doomed to Repeat It

A few days ago, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to hold a final vote next month to roll back the “Net Neutrality” regulations imposed in 2015 under the previous administration. This has led to a lot of hysterical overreaction, such as headlines proclaiming that the “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet […]

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Watch This Movie to Debunk the “Tech Monopoly” Hysteria

The frenzy to regulate big technology firms as “monopolies” is starting to spread like influenza across the political spectrum. Turning Web search and social media into government-regulated utilities is an idea that has now been endorsed by Josh Marshall on the left and by Steve Bannon on the right. It also got the surprising support […]

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Cool It on the Google “Monopoly” Talk

In what has to be the world’s biggest example of the Streisand Effect, a Google-funded center-left think tank kicked out a group of scholars who were promoting the idea that Google is a dangerous monopoly—and now guess what everybody’s talking about? They’re talking about how Google is a dangerous monopoly and complaining about how everyone […]

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