Volokh Moves to the Washington Post

Volokh Moves to the Washington Post January 24, 2014

It seems the Washington Post is snapping up some of my favorite blogs. First they hired Radley Balko away from HuffPo, now they’ve announced that the Volokh Conspiracy is moving to their website. Volokh is a great blog for serious con law geeks like me. The new address is here.

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  • Ben P

    I read volokh a lot for years and years, then drifted away because there were more and more posts that were blatant political hack pieces (Not from Volokh himself though). The commenters also got progressively worse over the 2012 election season.

  • colnago80

    Hopefully Bezos will clean house there and get rid of fascist shills like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Marc Thiessen. They should also dump robert Samuelson, who almost never has anything intelligent to say on his economic beat. I would keep Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen who occasionally (very occasionally!) say something intelligent. Kathleen Parker should serve as the paper’s resident conservative; even though I almost never agree with her, she is worth reading.

  • Colnago writes:

    get rid of fascist shills

    But you’re a fascist shill!!! The cognitive dissonance must be ripping you apart…

  • D. C. Sessions

    Trying to deal with the vacuum left by Klein and Kliff?

    Or is this a matter of balancing the strong leftist bias of Will, Krauthammer, Cohen, et al?

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #3


  • demonhauntedworld

    Is Volokh himself a climate denier, or is it just the people who blog for him?


  • Michael Heath

    J. Adler appears to blog the most about climate change. He’s a confusionist, not a denialist.

    I doubt Mr. Bezos or the selection team even realized that the Volokh Conspiracy posts articles about climate change and that there’s an underlying confusionist theme, which is their demonstrably is. Here’s the search results for “climate” and “change” at the old blog: http://www.volokh.com/?s=climate+change&submit=.

    The reason I’m skeptical this topic was even known by the WaPo recruitment team or Bezos, let alone considered, is the relative rarity the subject is tackled at that site. Instead I’d bet the blog was recruited for the same reason Ed likes reading them, which is their take on constitutional matters.

  • colnago80

    Re #6

    I am not very familiar with the Volokh site but, if indeed, Bezos is a climate change denier (he is well known to be a libertarian and our resident climate change denier Sir Lancelot is a libertarian), imagine what the result would be if the Koch brothers purchased the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, which they are considering doing. That would put 3 of the 4 most important newspapers in the US in the hands of climate change deniers, with Rupert Murdock making noises about purchasing the New York Times.

  • justawriter

    Not every one is a fan …

  • akkonor

    Maybe we will get more insightful comments like this:

    …I am especially pleased that the killing — and, yes, I am happy to call it a killing, a perfectly proper term for a perfectly proper act — was a slow throttling, and was preceded by a flogging…

    …I like civilization, but some forms of savagery deserve to be met not just with cold, bloodless justice but with the deliberate infliction of pain, with cruel vengeance rather than with supposed humaneness or squeamishness.

  • Chiroptera

    I wouldn’t object to a major newspaper keeping one or two conservative commenters. I think a range of opinion is important. Just like I would think that not only would one conservative justice on the Supreme Court would not be bad, it would actually be good.

    What I object to is when “from right of center to the extreme wackaloon consevative” is considered sufficient diversity of opinion.

  • @7:

    You’re much more charitably inclined towards the Wa:Po then I, Mr. Heath. My hunch is that they would have the late Jeffrey Dahmer doing a cooking blog, if they thought it would bring in some cash.

    I looked at Voloch after he was used as THE guy by a lot of gunzloonz who desperately for anyone with genuine credentials to support their insane fever dreams about the 2nd Amendment. If Volokh works REALLY hard and kisses up to enough KKKonservatives he might be able to get on the SCotUS someday, where he will make Scalia look like a reasonable guy.

  • I mostly read the conspiracy for Ilya Somin and the Volokhs themselves. There has been a lot of crap I didn’t like from some of the transient bloggers there. I liked them being independent and hope being more mainstream doesn’t make the content change for the worse (but then it might also mean the lower quality bloggers don’t show up either).

    And for people who focus on the climate change issue: the standard view at VC that I’ve been seeing is pretty much pro carbon tax.

  • Michael Heath

    Democommie writes:

    You’re much more charitably inclined towards the Wa:Po then I, Mr. Heath

    Actually I’ve been boycotting the WaPo for some years now given the rampant dishonesty on the editorial staff, its antipathy towards human rights, along with the pro-torture position of that same crew. In this case I was merely pointing out the evidence is un-compelling that there’s a motivation on climate change to bring the Volokh Conspiracy into the WaPo fold.

    I’m happy to see Ezra Klein leave the WaPo since I can now directly read his material in good conscience rather than only seeing it when Andrew Sullivan links to him.

  • colnago80

    Re democommie @ #15

    I wasn’t aware that Prof. Mann was going after the National Review smear machine. Good for him. I hope he wins enough to put them out of business.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #14

    It would be a mitzvah if Bezos tied the can to Fred Hyatt. His drum beating for US intervention in Syria is atrocious; apparently Hyatt has learned nothing from our useless and wasteful interventions in Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.

  • Michael Heath

    Thanks for the link democommie. I wish more people in the public eye who were defamed would sue. There should be a heavy cost for lying, especially when it causes harm to more than just the target.