Latest from Ilya Somin

Trump’s First Amendment rights don’t matter for his impeachment trial

The debate misses the point: Government officials can be impeached and removed for speech that is not criminal.
  • Feb 8, 2021

How liberals learned to love federalism

The left was skeptical of giving power to the states. Until the Trump era.
  • Jul 12, 2019
  • Opinion

To build the wall, Trump might make thousands of Americans suffer

The federal government would have to seize parcels of land to build the wall. The owners would likely not be fairly compensated for it.
  • Jan 19, 2019

How occupational licensing laws inhibit interstate mobility

In the process, they harm both consumers and workers seeking opportunity.
  • Dec 12, 2017

Justice Sotomayor unintentionally highlights the danger of having too many laws

In oral argument last week, Justice Sotomayor pointed out that states have far more laws than they can possibly enforce. That's a dangerous state of affairs.
  • Dec 11, 2017

Supreme Court lifts temporary injunctions blocking Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0

The ruling is a win for Trump. But its ultimate significance for the legal battle over the travel ban remains uncertain.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Place your bets on federalism — thoughts on today’s oral argument in Christie v. NCAA

My assessment of the oral argument in an important federalism case currently before the Supreme Court. The justices' comments suggest that the case is likely to be a victory for state autonomy, and a defeat for federal overreaching.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Does criticism of democracy play into the hands of authoritarians?

Some claim that we should not attack the serious flaws of democracy, lest our criticisms provide ammunition for authoritarian movements. Political philosopher Jason Brennan explains why that argument is wrong.
  • Dec 3, 2017

Volokh Conspiracy holiday gifts – 2017

Books by VC bloggers that might make great holiday gifts.
  • Nov 28, 2017

The case against court-packing

Prominent legal scholars on both right and left have recently advocated court-packing. We should avoid going down this dangerous road.
  • Nov 27, 2017
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