The Volokh Conspiracy

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Eugene Volokh, founder of The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy (/ˈvɑːlək/ VOL-ik)[1][2] is a blog co-founded in 2002 by law professor Eugene Volokh,[3] covering legal and political issues[4][5][6] from an ideological orientation it describes as "generally libertarian, conservative, centrist, or some mixture of these."[7]

Its name is a joking reference to Hillary Clinton's claim in 1998 of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" she believed was persecuting her and husband President Bill Clinton.[8] In 2007, Andy Guess of the Inside Higher Ed wrote that it was "one of the most widely read legal blogs in the United States" and that it "probably has more influence in the field – and more direct impact – than most law reviews."[3]

According to Adam Teicholz of The Atlantic, The Volokh Conspiracy, among other blogs, played an important role in influencing the view of Americans against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[9] In 2013, The Volokh Conspiracy appeared in ABA Journal's "Blawg 100 Hall of Fame".[10]

In January 2014, The Volokh Conspiracy migrated to The Washington Post,[10] with Volokh retaining full editorial control over its content.[11] After June 2014, the blog was behind a paywall.[10] In 2017, the blog moved to Reason, with Volokh citing as his reasons free access and editorial freedom to include unredacted expletives in quoted material.[12]

Notable contributors[edit]

Articles are often posted by guest law professors who are not among the listed Conspirators.


  1. ^ "Pronouncing 'Volokh'". The Volokh Conspiracy. May 27, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Sasha Volokh (July 20, 2016). "I'm finally attacked by name on the floor of the Senate". The Volokh Conspiracy. The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2016. [S]he pauses for a second or two in her notes, carefully considering how to pronounce my last name before settling on [ˈvoʊlɒk] (rhymes with 'bow lock') – I don't object to that pronunciation, even though we use [ˈvɑːlək] (rhymes with 'frolic') and the Russian pronunciation is [ˈvoləx]
  3. ^ a b Andy Guess, "Blogs and Wikis and 3D, Oh My!", Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Cass R. Sunstein, Infotopia: how many minds produce knowledge, Oxford Univ Press (2006); ISBN 978-0-19-518928-5.
  5. ^ James A. Durham, Deborah McMurray, eds., The lawyer's guide to marketing your practice, American Bar Association (2003) ISBN 978-1-59031-355-8.
  6. ^ Daniel J. Solove, The future of reputation: gossip, rumor, and privacy on the Internet, Yale U Press (2007); ISBN 978-0-300-12498-9.
  7. ^ "The Volokh Conspiracy: About". Volokh Conspiracy. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Yair. "The Volokh Conspiracy Is Out To Get You". Tablet Magazine.
  9. ^ Teicholz, Adam (March 28, 2012). "Did Bloggers Kill the Health Care Mandate?". Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c Mui, Sarah (January 24, 2014). "Volokh Conspiracy blog now subject to Washington Post's paywall Can lawyers use dynamic pricing?". ABA Journal. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  11. ^ Eugene Volokh (January 21, 2014). "In Brazil, you can always find the Amazon – in America, the Amazon finds you". Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Volokh, Eugene (December 13, 2017). "Our Move to (Paywall-free!) Reason from The Washington Post". The Volokh Conspiracy. Archived from the original on December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.

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