Glenn Reynolds

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Glenn Reynolds
Glenn Reynolds.JPG
Glenn Reynolds (author photo)
Glenn Harlan Reynolds

(1960-08-27) August 27, 1960 (age 61)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
OccupationProfessor, 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 American politics blog, Instapundit.[1][2]


Instapundit blog[edit]

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.

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".[4]

In the past, Reynolds has called for the assassination of Iranian scientists and clerics.[5]

On September 21, 2016, on his Twitter account, Reynolds suggested that any drivers feeling threatened by protesters objecting to the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina should "run them down." The tweet consisted only of the words "Run them down" and a link to a news story about the protestors. The following day, Erik Wemple of The Washington Post published an article titled "'Instapundit' Glenn Reynolds defends 'Run them down' tweet during Charlotte unrest.'" The article contained the original tweet and an interview in which Reynolds said:

But riots aren't peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it's threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn't actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn't stop because I'd fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.[6]

Twitter suspended Reynolds' account, but restored it shortly after and told him to delete the tweet in order to be allowed to use Twitter again.[7] The University of Tennessee released a statement that it was investigating Reynolds as it does not condone language that encourages violence.[8] On September 27, 2016, the law school's Dean Melanie Wilson issued a statement to announce that the University had ended its short-lived investigation with a recommendation that no disciplinary action be taken. Dean Wilson wrote that Reynolds' tweet "... was an exercise of his First Amendment rights. Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel."[9] USA Today said that Reynolds had violated the newspaper's standards and suspended his column for one month.[10] 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. ... Those words can easily be taken to advocate drivers going out of their way to run down protesters. I meant no such thing, and I'm sorry it seemed I did. What I meant is that drivers who feel their lives are in danger from a violent mob should not stop their vehicles. I remember Reginald Denny, a truck driver who was beaten nearly to death by a mob during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. ... I have always supported peaceful protests, speaking out against police militarization and excessive police violence in my USA TODAY columns, on my website and on Twitter itself. I understand why people misunderstood my tweet and regret that I was not clearer.[11]

Academic publications[edit]

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.[12]

Other writing[edit]

Reynolds also writes articles for various publications (generally under his full name, Glenn Harlan Reynolds): Wikipedia, 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][12] He has written for the TCS Daily, Fox News, and MSNBC websites as well.

Political views[edit]

Reynolds is often described as conservative, but holds liberal views on some social issues such as abortion,[13] the War on Drugs and gay marriage. 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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Reynolds 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.[14]

Reynolds is of Scots-Irish ancestry.[15]

Books authored[edit]

  • Outer Space: Problems of Law and Policy (1989), ISBN 0-8133-7622-X (with Robert P. Merges); 2nd ed. (1997), ISBN 0-8133-1802-5
  • The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business, and Society (1997), ISBN 0-684-82764-6 (with Peter W. Morgan)
  • An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths (2006), ISBN 1-59555-054-2
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.[16]
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.
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 December 14, 2011. 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". Archived from the original on September 23, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Clark, Brooks (November 18, 2014). "Irrepressible Contrarian". Quest. University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (February 13, 2007) Extremist Bush supporter calls for murder of scientists
  6. ^ Wemple, Erik (September 22, 2016) "'Instapundit' Glenn Reynolds defends 'Run them down' tweet during Charlotte unrest'" Washington Post. (Retrieved 10-24-2017.)
  7. ^ Preza, Elizabeth (September 22, 2016) "A USA Today Columnist Calls for Running Over Charlotte Protesters—Twitter Reacts Appropriately." USA Today. (Retrieved 9-22-2016.)
  8. ^ Knott, Katherine (September 22, 2016), "U. of Tennessee Investigates Professor for 'Run Them Down' Tweet on Charlotte Protesters", Chronicle of Higher Education
  9. ^ Hagy, Roger (September 27, 2016). "Statement from Dean Melanie Wilson about Professor's Tweet".
  10. ^ "USA TODAY suspends University of Tennessee law professor's column over Charlotte tweet".
  11. ^ Reynolds, Glenn Harlan (September 22, 2016). "Statement from Glenn Reynolds". USA Today. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Glenn Reynolds". University of Tennessee College of Law. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "The mommy wars". NBC News. June 21, 2006.
  14. ^ An Army of Davids. pp. ix–xi.
  15. ^ "The Great Liberal Lie: Jonah Goldberg on the Left's War on Words". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  16. ^ "An Army of Davids (Hardcover)". Thomas Nelson, Inc. Archived from the original on November 16, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

External links[edit]