Can India really shut down oil supply to China?

Threats to oil shipping routes are nothing new to the oil market. It has endured Iran seizing tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, and it has endured Iran's repeated threats to close this most important chokepoint in the world. But what the oil market is perhaps not...

The End of Modernity

The other day I was in line (social distancing) to receive communion. There was a baby in a carriage looking up at me but with no emotion whatsoever. As I smiled there was no reaction, only a blank stare. I was wearing a mask. I then turned to see that its mother was...

A Culture War Battle Trump Can Win

Shop all books by Pat Buchanan Speaking at Mount Rushmore on Friday, and from the White House lawn on Saturday, July 4, Donald Trump recast the presidential race. He seized upon an issue that can turn his fortunes around, and the wounded howls of the media testify to...

My Investigation of Covid-19

This is one of those investigations in which you ask yourself, IS THE PHENOMENON, AS DESCRIBED, REAL? That’s where I started. At this point, I’ve written well over 150 articles about COVID-19. And of course, the phenomenon is not real. Most people wouldn’t be able to...

The Texas Covid ‘Spike’ Is Fake News

On July 2nd, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating the wearing of face masks across the state, whether indoors or outdoors, when six feet cannot be maintained between people. In the governor’s decree, he cited a rise in Covid cases, a rise in...

The Constitution Failed

Contrary to a certain nostalgic nationalist myth that still endures, the US Constitution as first conceived was never intended to limit government power. The primary purpose of the Convention of 1787 was to increase federal power, as the older constitution of 1776...

Bye Bye, American Pie

Way back in the 1950s, the popular euphemism to describe black children struggling in poverty was “underprivileged.” The elegant trope guided the nascent social services industry that reached full flower a few years later in Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty — a cause...

Brickbat: You Have to Move

A code enforcement officer in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, issued a woman a fine of $880 (about $650 U.S.) for "standing too long" in a park under emergency coronavirus restrictions. The woman, identified by local media only as Roxana, says she was pushing a stroller and...

Overtime July ends with the “Clean-Up” List

The October Term 2019 is finally over. Overtime July came to a close with the anticlimactic final order sheet. This list, known as the "clean-up," takes care of all lingering cases on the docket. (SCOTUSBlog collects all the links). First, the Court GVR'd four cases...

Trump v. Vance, Burr v. Jefferson, Marshall v. Roberts

I have just finished editing Trump v. Vance for the Barnett/Blackman supplement. Please e-mail me if you'd like a copy (josh-at-joshblackman-dot-com). SCOTUSBlog invited me to submit an essay on the case. My theme will be, "it must be nice to have John Marshall on...