Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the U.S. Department of Education. Hans writes for CNS News and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

Recent blog posts by this author

NYC Seeks to Curb Speech About Illegal Aliens

New York City is seeking to use an overly broad ordinance against discriminatory harassment to restrict speech about illegal aliens, such as use of the word “illegal alien” to describe workers or tenants. That violates the First Amendment. Its...

How Progressives Are Making a Green World Harder

At a recent debate on CNN, the two leading progressive senators, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, pledged to shut down America’s nuclear power plants. Such a rash decision would cause lasting environmental damage. From an...

$15 Minimum Wage Constricts Hours Worked, as Bernie Sanders Shows

Seventy-two percent of economists oppose a high $15 minimum wage, because it would wipe out too many jobs and result in employers restricting employees’ work hours too much. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who supports a $15 minimum wage, recently...

Did Portland Violate the First Amendment by Selectively Tolerating Violence?

Portland and its police may have violated the First Amendment by allowing members of the left-wing group Antifa to physically attack people, such as a conservative journalist and an elderly man. Police are not allowed to permit attacks on...

New York Restricts Workplace Speech and Freedom of Contract

New York has just passed legislation that will tighten restrictions on speech in the workplace by defining it as “harassment” even if it is not harassment as the term is defined in federal law. The new definition of harassment is unconstitutionally...

New York Makes Rent Control More Severe

Leaders of New York’s legislature have decided to tighten rent control in New York City. They also will change the law to make it harder for landlords across the state to get rid of tenants who don’t pay their rent, or violate...

California Makes Housing Scarcer

Housing in California will become even more scarce. California’s legislature has shelved a bill that would result in more housing construction, while moving forward on other legislation that would reduce the supply of housing. The State Senate...

Internet Hate-Speech Rules Harm Mainstream, Normal Speakers

Democrats in Congress have been pressuring social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to crack down on hate speech. This may sound harmless, but it isn’t. “Hate speech” is a misleading phrase, and it’s no longer just about hate. Even...

Does Equal Pay Day Promote Myths About Women's Pay?

Today is Equal Pay Day. That means it’s time for people to peddle myths about what women are paid for doing the same job as a man. Many of those who promote Equal Pay Day cite a misleading statistic that the average woman makes 20% less than the...

San Antonio Violates Chick-Fil-A's First Amendment Rights

Government officials are not supposed to impose political or religious litmus tests on businesses. They cannot punish them, or even selectively withhold benefits from them, because they made donations to organizations that engaged in political,...

Pages