Articles by jsullum

Mr. Sullum, a nationally syndicated columnist, is a senior editor at Reason magazine, and his work appears in the new Reason anthology "Choice" (BenBella Books).

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The ObamaCare penalty that isn't

In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall observed that "the power to tax involves the power to destroy." As...

jsullum March 28, 2012

Who's Afraid of Federalism?

"It truly is time to get the federal government out of the marriage business. In law and policy, such...

jsullum July 14, 2010

Gun Shy: Four Supreme Court Justices Make Case Against Constitutional Rights

If there were no potential for harm from exercising a right, there would be no need to protect it, because no...

jsullum June 30, 2010

Oil Gushes and Power Rushes

A politician who believes he is above the law is not above lying to the public about his principles.

jsullum June 23, 2010

License to Kill: Obama Blurs Line Between Warfare and Summary Execution

Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, we still have not settled the question of how to deal with...

jsullum June 9, 2010

Undisclosed Interests: Legislators Fight Corruption by Silencing Their Critics

Sullum breaks down the DISCLOSE Act, a speech-squelching bill supported by President Obama.

jsullum June 2, 2010

Paul and the Private Parts: Bigots Not Only Ones Hurt by Bans on Discrimination

Rand Paul's position is based on the same principle that led to the abolition of slavery: the principle of...

jsullum May 26, 2010

Bounds of Silence: Obama's Court Pick Looks Wobbly on Freedom of Speech

Kagan's sparse writings indicate there's evidence that her defenses of federal censorship were more than a...

jsullum May 12, 2010

Arrest Everybody

Arizona encourages police to emulate "the toughest sheriff in America." A few years ago, David and...

jsullum May 5, 2010

Free Speech for Us

From reading New York Times editorials, I gather that the First Amendment protects celebrities who curse on...

jsullum April 28, 2010

Getting Away With Poker

How is helping people play a card game like murder? At the beginning of last year, Daniel Tzvetkoff, the...

jsullum April 21, 2010

Smoke a Joint, Lose Your Country

Under U.S. law, a legal resident who commits an "aggravated felony" is automatically deported. But...

jsullum April 6, 2010

Don't Buy It

A few weeks before Congress passed a law that orders every American to buy health insurance, the Virginia...

jsullum March 24, 2010

Bend It Like Obama

Can the government control health care inflation through subsidies?

jsullum February 12, 2010