Author: James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

Associate Dean of Eureka Moments

I wish I was making up that title, but that is the advertisement for a new position at the University of Bristol. I can’t help but think of the job position as “Manager of...


Run, Mitt, Run!

Mitt Romney is considering running again in 2016. Herewith a little history lesson. Three men have lost their first election as their party’s presidential nominee, then gone on to get their party’s nomination again:*#...


On Public Transit

Hernando de Soto’s The Other Path illustrates how private transit services served the public’s needs and turned a profit.


Crisis in Norstrand

James Hanley updates you on the international political conflict in Norstrand.

How to Spend $100

Hanley takes a mini-road trip with the kids, and a great time is had by all.

Defining Bonkers

James Hanley doubts the argument against subsidies for federal health care exchanges is bonkers.


Regarding the State

James Hanley considers Michael Humer’s suggestion that you’re all a bunch of brain-washed hostages.

Two Sentences

First is a sentence from a best-selling American Government text, introducing the concept of congressional oversight of executive agencies.


On Writing

“Ass in seat. There’s no other way to be a writer but ass in seat.”

by James Hanley


Constitutional Crisis: Week 3

This week the convention discovered its first error in the procedures. They realized that asking the chair to also be the scribe (secretary) was asking too much, so they split those tasks, as I...


Bringing Order; Hanley’s Way

James Hanley uses deadfall from his back yard to make a gavel for his students, because it’s more fun than buying one.


Free Speech Does Not Require Civility (Updated)

James Hanley civilly argues that Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is not wrong to encourage civility, but he is dangerously wrong to elevate civility above freedom of speech.