Recommendations from AEI’s Dr. Roslyn Layton

Roslyn Layton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on digital technology industries and net neutrality. Layton develops policies for digitally connected domains and advises on government regulations. She participated in the Buckley Program’s Firing Line Debate on Net Neutrality, and after the event, Layton provided the following reading list for Buckley fellows:

“This is a reading list to help you think for yourself and push against orthodoxy. The purpose of inquiry and debate is to seek truth, engage in dialogue, and challenge opinions. Here are some resources to help you sharpen your reasoning and inspire you to make masterful argumentation.”

Blogs and Articles

  • Debatable Premises in Telecom Policy
    • This article examines 5 statements of received wisdom that underlie much popular, political, and academic support for increased telecommunications regulation. A hard copy of this article is available from the Buckley program.


  • EconTalk
    • Economics for daily life hosted by Russ Roberts of George Mason University and the Hoover Institution.
  • Federalist Society
    • Offers constitutional arguments and analysis of leading legal controversies.
  • HighTech Forum
    • Explaining the technology behind modern communications.


  • God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of “Academic Freedom” (1951)
    • William F. Buckley, Jr. critiques his Yale undergraduate experience, saying that the university forced collectivist, Keynesian, and secularist ideology on students and ridiculed their religious beliefs. Noting that university oversight was provided by god-fearing alumni, he argues that Yale failed its students by not teaching in a manner consistent with these values.
  • What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense
    • A bold and elegant defense of an institution maligned by popular culture, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T Anderson, and Robert George critique the idea that equality requires redefining marriage.