Dilan’s Newsletter

Dilan Esper
Mostly law, some culture, a little bit of potpurri
Created 16 Mar 2021
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  • Liberals Are Never Going To Stop the Media Obsession With Crime, But They Can Play the Game Better.
    29 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    For the past couple of weeks, liberal Twitter has been ablaze with complaints about the media dragging down President Biden’s poll ratings. I’m never sure what such criticism accomplishes- if Biden is...
  • A Defense of NFIB v. Sibelius
    24 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    NFIB v. Sibelius, the first, biggest Supreme Court case upholding Obamacare (conservatives went to the Supreme Court twice more in an attempt to sink the statute, and lost badly), has not fared well w...
  • We Need New Rules on Police Testimony
    18 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Large portions of our criminal justice system are predicated on police testimony. When the police pull your car over and write you a ticket, if you fight it, the cop will come to court and testify tha...
  • The Temptations of the Journalistic Outlier
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    This morning, the journalist Charlotte Clymer called BS on Wolf Blitzer of CNN, who was using a gas station where the prices were far higher than they are at neighboring stations to illustrate high ga...
  • Activists Step On It On the "Cotton Ceiling"
    01 Nov 2021 • 9 min read
    The BBC last week ran a story on the “cotton ceiling”, which is the issue of whether there’s something wrong with cisgendered lesbians who don’t want to sleep with trans women. The BBC found a number ...
  • What If We Took Internet Toxicity Seriously?
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 0 6
    I’m always skeptical when someone responds to some proposal for new legislation with “why don’t we enforce the law on the books?”. Oftentimes, that’s a dodge, and an insincere one at that- the person ...
  • The False Idol of Jury Nullifcation
    26 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 0 4
    R. Kelly’s recent, long overdue convictions tell us many things about how we have to do better as a society: better at prosecuting celebrity criminals, better at caring about young Black women and gir...
  • Being Nice To People Is an Underrated Tactic
    25 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    American politics, and especially activist politics, celebrates confrontation. As online discourse has grown, the confrontational style has grown with it, as the combination of anonymity, lack of regu...
  • In Defense of Journalistic Objectivity
    21 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    It is trendy these days to criticize journalistic objectivity. For decades, the prevailing wisdom, especially in newspaper publishing, was to air a variety of different views, to report on “both sides...
  • The Intersectionality Nobody Likes To Talk About
    18 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Kimberle Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality has been one of the most influential academic theories in my lifetime. It arose, as many great theories do, out of an obvious point that the rest of us...
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