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Glenn Reynolds
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Glenn Reynolds (author photo)
Born Glenn Harlan Reynolds
(1960-08-27) August 27, 1960 (age 56)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Occupation Professor, writer, blogger
Spouse(s) Helen Smith

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (born August 27, 1960) is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and is known for his weblog, Instapundit, an American political weblog.[1][2]


Instapundit blog

Main article: Instapundit

Reynolds blog got started as a class project in August 2001, when he was teaching a class on Internet law.[3] Much of Instapundit's content consists of links to other sites, often with brief comments.

Between early 2006 and early 2010, Reynolds began to host podcasts[4] of "The Glenn & Helen Show", along with his wife, Dr. Helen Smith.

In 2007 network theory researchers who studied blogs as a test case found that Instapundit was the #1 blog for "quickly know[ing] about important stories that propagate over the blogosphere".[5] In 2016, Reynolds was suspended from Twitter after telling motorists to run over protesters blocking Interstate 277.[6] USA Today announced it was suspending Reynolds' column for a month, saying his tweet "can be interpreted as an incitement to violence."[7] In the past, Reynolds has called for the assassination of Iranian scientists and clerics,[8] and advocated the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea "if they start anything."[9]

Academic publications

As a law professor, Reynolds has written for the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Law and Policy in International Business, Jurimetrics, and the High technology law journal, among others.

Other writing

Reynolds also writes articles for various publications (generally under his full name, Glenn Harlan Reynolds): Popular Mechanics, Forbes, The New York Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.[3] He has written for the, Fox News, and MSNBC websites as well.

Political views

Reynolds is often described as conservative, but holds "liberal" views on some social issues such as abortion,[10] the War on Drugs and gay marriage. He describes himself as a libertarian[11] and more specifically a libertarian transhumanist.[12] He customarily illustrates his combination of views by stating: "I’d like to live in a world in which happily married gay people have closets full of assault weapons to protect their pot."[3]

Reynolds is a former member of the Libertarian Party.[13]

He delivered the keynote speech at a September 2011 conference at the Harvard Law School to discuss a possible Second Constitution of the United States and concluded that the movement for a constitutional convention was a result of having "the worst political class in our country's history".[1]

Call to run down Charlotte protesters

On his Twitter account, Reynolds advocated running over protesters who were blocking the I-277 in response to the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. Twitter suspended Reynold’s account, but restored it shortly after and told him to delete the tweet in order to use Twitter again.[14][15] The University of Tennessee released a statement that it was investigating Reynolds as they do not condone language that encourages violence. [16] USA Today said that Reynolds had violated the newspaper’s standards and suspended his column for one month.[17] Reynolds issued an apology at the request of USA Today saying:

Wednesday night one of my 580,000 tweets blew up. I didn’t live up to my own standards, and I didn’t meet USA TODAY’s standards. For that I apologize, to USA TODAY readers and to my followers on social media.[18]

Personal life

Reynolds grew up a Methodist but is now a Presbyterian.[19] He is married to Dr. Helen Smith, a forensic psychologist.

Reynolds also once ran his own music label WonderDog Records, for which he also served as a record producer. Reynolds has also worked as an indie music artist. One of his albums reached the number one album chart spot on the website service for several weeks.[20]

Reynolds is of Scots-Irish ancestry.[21]

Books authored

"An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths" looks at modern American society through the lens of individuals versus social institutions, and Reynolds concludes that technological change has allowed more freedom of action for people, in contrast to the "big" establishment organizations that used to function as gatekeepers. Thus, he argues that the balance of power between individuals and institutions is "flatting out", which involves numerous decentralized networks rising up.[22]
About the rising price of higher education, causing students to take on excessive debt, even as they face an uncertain job market. Higher education spending fueled by cheap credit resembles an economic bubble, and higher education bubble has become a common term to describe this phenomenon.
"The K-12 Implosion" provides a description of what's wrong with America's K-12 education system, and where the solutions are likely to come from, along with advice for parents, educators, and taxpayers. He argues that America has been putting ever-growing amounts of money into the existing public education system, while getting increasingly worse results. He suggests that while parents are losing hope in public schools, new alternatives are appearing, and change is inevitable.


  1. ^ a b James O'Toole (December 12, 2011). "Constitutional convention call gains traction". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-12-14. In a keynote speech, archived on the law school's website, Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor and author of the widely read blog, Instapundit, said the movement for a new constitutional convention was a reflection of the fact that "we have, in many ways, the worst political class in our country's history." 
  2. ^ The Truth Laid Bear[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ a b c Clark, Brooks (November 18, 2014). "Irrepressible Contrarian". Quest. University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  4. ^ List of Podcasts from
  5. ^ CASCADES project: Cost-effective Outbreak Detection in Networks, by Jure Leskovec, Andreas Krause, Carlos Guestrin, Christos Faloutsos, Jeanne VanBriesen and Natalie Glance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007
  6. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 22, 2016), USA Today Columnist Urges Motorists To ‘Run Down’ Protesters On North Carolina Highway: The newspaper suspended Glenn Reynolds for a month after he made the inflammatory comment., Huffington Post 
  7. ^ Sutton, Kelsey (September 22, 2016) "USA Today suspends columnist Glenn Reynolds for one month" Politico
  8. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (February 13, 2007) Extremist Bush supporter calls for murder of scientists
  9. ^ Instapundit (November 23, 2010) "If they start anything, I say nuke ’em"
  10. ^ Reynolds: The mommy wars – Glenn Reynolds –
  11. ^ February 20, 2006
  12. ^ February 21, 2006
  13. ^ October 25, 2007
  14. ^ Preza, Elizabeth (September 22, 2016) "A USA Today Columnist Calls for Running Over Charlotte Protesters—Twitter Reacts Appropriately." USA Today. (Retrieved 9-22-2016.)
  15. ^ Wilkinson, James (September 22, 2016) "UT Knoxville law professor and USA Today columnist suspended from Twitter after he told followers to 'run down' Charlotte protesters." Daily Mail. (Retrieved 9-22-2016.)
  16. ^ Knott, Katherine (September 22, 2016), "U. of Tennessee Investigates Professor for 'Run Them Down' Tweet on Charlotte Protesters", Chronicle of Higher Education 
  17. ^ USA TODAY suspends University of Tennessee law professor's column over Charlotte tweet
  18. ^ Statement from Glenn Reynolds
  19. ^ May 17, 2004
  20. ^ An Army of Davids. pp. ix–xi. 
  21. ^ "The Great Liberal Lie: Jonah Goldberg on the Left's War on Words". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  22. ^ "An Army of Davids (Hardcover)". Thomas Nelson, Inc. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 

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