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Prominent Legal Blogger Upholds Free Speech After UCLA Bans ARI Book

Blog The Editors | Mar 2017

The Volokh Conspiracy is one of the nation’s most widely read legal blogs. Under the Washington Post’s online umbrella, the site’s twenty-two contributors (all law professors or lawyers) tackle some of the most complex issues in the news, especially those with a distinct legal aspect that will benefit from expert analysis. Recently the site’s founder, Eugene Volokh, a constitutional law professor at UCLA and expert on freedom of speech, weighed in on the banned-book controversy, involving a book by ARI’s Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate, that erupted at a recent Federalist Society event at his university.

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The Jihadist Attack in London

Blog Elan Journo | Mar 2017

After the attack outside Parliament in London on March 22, four people died and more than 40 were injured. Heading toward the Parliament buildings, the assailant drove at high speed on the sidewalk of Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians. Then he got out of the car wielding a knife, sprinted inside the Parliament gates, and managed to stab to death one policeman, before being overpowered. The Islamic State has praised the 52-year-old killer, who was born and raised in England, as one of its soldiers.

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With or Without Nukes, Iran Is a Mortal Threat

OPED by Elan Journo | Nov 2013

Imagine that your neighborhood is overrun by a gang. These brutes are wielding crowbars, knives, and pistols in a frenzied spree of home break-ins and mugging and murder. Now suppose the police reveal that their grand strategy for dealing with this gang is to block them from getting submachine guns

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The Foreign Policy of Guilt

OPED by Onkar Ghate and Yaron Brook | Sep 2005

In the aftermath of the bombings in London, Prime Minister Tony Blair has asked the British people to remain calm and maintain their daily routines; the terrorists win, he says, if one gives in to fear. This, you may remember, was also George W. Bush’s response after Sept. 11, when he called on

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After 9/11, Lessons Unlearned

Article by Elan Journo | Sep 2014

Thirteen years have passed since jihadists rammed jetliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Doubtless the images of the Twin Towers collapsing are indelible, and the toll in human life was achingly massive. In time, though, memory fades. By themselves, our

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One Small Step for Dictatorship

Blog Onkar Ghate | Nov 2016

Is that statement hyperbole or prophecy? To find out, read ARI senior fellow Onkar Ghate’s careful analysis of Trump’s election to the presidency, what the election means for America and why Ayn Rand’s philosophy is more important than ever.

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One Small Step for Dictatorship: The Significance of Donald Trump’s Election

Article by Onkar Ghate | Nov 2016

American exceptionalism is real. The United States is founded on a political philosophy, and a profoundly revolutionary one at that. The Declaration of Independence expresses the viewpoint eloquently: that individuals possess “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the

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An Unwinnable War?

Article by Elan Journo | Fall 2009

Author’s note: The following is the introduction to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. “I don’t think you can win it. . . . I don’t have any . . . definite end [for the war]” — President George W. Bush 1 The warriors came in search of an

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Ignoring the Islamist Menace

Blog Elan Journo | Jan 2016

Did you catch those breaking news reports, right after the San Bernardino shooting, suggesting that the attack was work-place violence? You might chalk that up to off the cuff speculation. Yet there was a kind of desperation behind the insistence on finding some generic, non-ideological motive. Yet it turned out to be what many expected from the outset, a jihadist attack; one of the murderers had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

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ARI and the Fight for Free Speech

Blog Steve Simpson | Mar 2017

You’ve heard the stories. Charles Murray was attacked by a mob after giving a talk at Middlebury College. Not long after that, a riot broke out at U.C. Berkeley over a scheduled appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley’s student newspaper later published a series of essays justifying the violence as “self-defense.”