I am a graduate of Duke University, where I attained my B.S. in economics. I briefly worked in private economic research after college, and am currently a J.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. I previously served as a law clerk for Senator Mike Lee on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and interned for the Ethics and Public Policy Center in its American Religious Freedom Program. I also serve as the National Policy Director and Illinois State Director for Vanguard PAC ( Follow me on Twitter at @josh_hammer.


    Bibi Netanyahu, Churchill of Our Time, Defends Western Civilization at the U.S. Congress

    “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.  Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves.  Those are the sheep.  Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak.  They’re the wolves.  And then there are those blessed with | Read More »

    On Duke, Islam, and Progressives

    In third grade, I won a basketball game at a local carnival, and as a prize was handed a Duke Blue Devils-themed miniature basketball.  With piqued interest, my first distinct memory as a Duke Basketball fan was the following season’s national championship game in 1999: Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke — which had not lost since the championship game of the early-season Great Alaska Shootout | Read More »

    How to Lose a Cyberwar with North Korea

    In the past twenty-four hours, United States intelligence officials definitively confirmed that the recent cyberattacks against Sony Pictures Studios and the concomitant threats to terrorize movie theaters showing its film, “The Interview,” are indeed the work of North Korean state actors.  Sony, of course, canceled the global release of “The Interview,” which threatens to ex ante effectuate some of the most outright perverse incentives in geopolitics that we’ve | Read More »

    This Means War

    Barack Obama used to teach constitutional law at the law school in which I am presently enrolled.  He was by all accounts well-liked by his students, though perhaps somewhat aloof to his then-fellow faculty members.  I currently have class three days a week in then-Professor Obama’s old favorite classroom, Room V, and each time I enter I see a photo near the door commemorating his | Read More »

    We won. Now watch leadership like a hawk.

    Tuesday night was a shellacking — a big, good old-fashioned, glorious shellacking.  At the national level, the voting populace definitively rejected Obama-era reactionary progressivism as the sclerotic, intellectually vapid, and more generally failed stain on the American political conscience that it is.  However, now that Republicans control the entire Congress and begin the work of trying to construct a legislative agenda — either to meaningfully enact | Read More »

    Fight Hard on the Border Issue

    Of all the issues across the American political spectrum, few make certain factions of the Inside-the-Beltway/K Street Establishment wet their panties more than does the immigration issue.  These armchair-quarterback Establishmentarians can freely opine from the relative tranquility of Greater Washington whilst our porous southern border and outmanned Border Patrol attempt to withstand hitherto unforeseen numbers of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), illegals entering domestic soil from Ebola-stricken countries, | Read More »

    It’s Time to Pay Attention to Kansas

    While it is far too early to write an obituary in Topeka, conservatives must acknowledge the reality that Governor Sam Brownback is fighting for his political life right now in Kansas.  The RCP average has him trailing by 2.8%, with even GOP-leaning polling firm Rasmussen Reports showing Brownback down 10 points earlier this month.  Considering Kansas’s reputation as a bastion of cultural conservatism and a | Read More »

    Phil Simms and Tony Dungy Join the Caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down

    Erick has previously noted the existence of a caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down — basically, a bunch of aggrieved white left-wing culture warriors hellbent on utilizing a select few usefully militant American Indians toward the common goal of shaming a proud and iconic American football franchise into abdicating its traditional name for the sake of “tolerance.”  With the 2014 NFL season about to kick | Read More »

    “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway

    I am not a Mormon.  As a Jew, in fact, I am not only one but am two additional holy books short of accepting the doctrinal tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I was nonetheless appalled and repulsed by what I witnessed yesterday inside New York City’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, in the form of the ostensibly satirical yet insidiously blasphemous Broadway | Read More »

    Why We Fight

    Today was my final day as a summer law clerk with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  Now that my U.S. Senate badge is turned in and I no longer in any way speak for the senator for whom I interned — the Honorable of Utah — the time has come for my own reflections. We live in a deeply disturbed world.  Ethnic minority separatists in | Read More »