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[Ilya Somin] Should California be Broken Up?

A movement led by tech billionaire Tim Draper has succeeded in getting a plan to partition California into three states onto the state's referendum ballot this fall. If the initiative (text available here) passes, it would still have to be … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] The Case Against Deporting Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

Donald Trump recently described at least some immigrants as "animals" who must be deported. There has been much controversy over whether Trump meant to condemn undocumented immigrants generally, or just those who are members of the MS-13 gang. But few … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Originalism, Living Constitutionalism, and the Power to Initiate War

In a recent post at the Originalism Blog, prominent originalist legal scholar Michael Ramsey notes the phenomenon of nonoriginalists like Sen. Bernie Sanders claiming that Trump's recent air strike on Syria requires congressional authorization. In Ramsey's view, this conclusion is … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Video of Cato Institute Book Forum on Keith Whittington's "Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech"

The Cato Institute has posted the video of its recent book forum on Princeton political scientist Keith Whittington's excellent new book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech. The event includes a presentation by the author, commentary by me, … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Bryan Caplan's Case Against Education

In his important inew book The Case Against Education, economist Bryan Caplan argues that a high proportion of our massive spending on education is a waste of time and money. Since government spending on education amounts to some $1 trillion … Continue reading

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