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Tag: Elliot Engstrom
  • Millennials are winning the battle against campus speech codes

    My latest column at TownHall.com discusses how young libertarians are defeating campus speech codes around the country: Despite its protection in our Constitution, free speech has never been a given in the United States. From the struggle to pass the First Amendment to Twentieth Century prohibitions on anti-war speech, every American generation has fought some …

  • “But if Sweden can do it, why can’t we?”

    I know you’ve been there — you’re tabling on campus when suddenly a flannel-draped wide-brimmed-glasses-wearing condescending liberal hipster walks up to your group and asks this exact question (or some variation): “If Sweden can have such a successful welfare state, then why can’t we do the same thing in the United States?” Often times young …

  • Not The Onion? Really?

    More and more, I’ve been noticing stories in the news that seem like they really belong in The Onion, but unfortunately are true life stories. I mean, seriously, take a look at some of these. School bans birthday cupcakes In order to adhere to the First Lady’s dietary rules, a school in Washington has banned …

  • Licensing — What’s the Big Deal?

    There are certain issues that, when put in the national spotlight, tend to really tug at the heartstrings. For example, our immigration dilemma conjures up images of children left to fend for themselves at the border. America’s wars in the Middle East bring to mind the toll taken not only on the region, but also …

  • Oedipus Laevus

    The following is an excerpt from my essay “Oedipus Laevus” extracted from Why We Left the Left, a collection of personal stories by Leftists who evolved to embrace libertarianism. Some of the greatest works of art ever created are the Greek tragedies of Sophocles. Antigone, Oedipus Rex and the like have entertained and captivated audiences …

  • Why conservatives should be against tort reform

    While it has not received the same attention in recent years that it used to garner, “tort reform” has traditionally been an idea that has been espoused by the political right.  The argument usually is that there is an excessive amount of frivolous litigation that is clogging up our legal system and hurting American businesses.  …

  • Why do so many members of Congress support SOPA?

    Remember social studies class in high school, when you learn about how there are three branches of government that balance against each other, and one of those is the legislative branch which is supposed to represent the will of the people (originally the will of the people and the states, but you know what I …

  • A legal argument for less regulation in the U.S.

    I’m interning for a month in Aix-en-Provence, France with a French law firm.  As I have a few minutes of free time, I thought I’d throw out some of the perspective my time working at a French law firm has given me on the costs and benefits of the American and French legal systems.  A …

  • Florida judge correctly orders use of Islamic sharia law

    It’s enough to haunt the nightmares of any neoconservative worth his salt — a judge in America is applying Islamic law in the courtroom!!  However, this summary, which is all that most opposors of the judge’s actions say on the subject, is crucially inaccurate.  The St. Petersburg Times reports: …Hillsborough Circuit Judge Richard Nielsen is …

  • Drone attacks in Pakistan kill few high ranking militants

    Newly published research indicates that US drone attacks are killing very few valuable targets in Pakistan.  Considering the amount of blowback against the United States caused by these very attacks, this data should seriously call into question whether these attacks should be continued. The Washington Post reports: CIA drone attacks in Pakistan killed at least …