Latest from Ilya Somin
The left was skeptical of giving power to the states. Until the Trump era.
  • Jul 12, 2019
  • Opinion
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
In the process, they harm both consumers and workers seeking opportunity.
  • Dec 12, 2017
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
The ruling is a win for Trump. But its ultimate significance for the legal battle over the travel ban remains uncertain.
  • Dec 4, 2017
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
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
Books by VC bloggers that might make great holiday gifts.
  • Nov 28, 2017
Prominent legal scholars on both right and left have recently advocated court-packing. We should avoid going down this dangerous road.
  • Nov 27, 2017
The repeated rulings - including at the hands of Republican judges - underscore the serious constitutional flaws in the administration's efforts to target sanctuary cities.
  • Nov 24, 2017