The Successes and Failure of John Quincy Adams

The public career of John Quincy Adams poses this paradox: he was the greatest ever Secretary of State but only a mediocre President. As Secretary of State, he concluded the Adams-Onis treaty with Spain and the 1818 convention with Great Britain. Both were diplomatic triumphs, gaining Florida for the United States and resolving border disputes…

Should Congress Adopt a New Independent Counsel Statute? The Policy Issues

Having addressed the constitutional issues, I now turn to the policy issues  Would it be a good idea to have…

Principle and Prudence in American Foreign Policy

There is much with which to agree in Angelo Codevilla’s thoughtful essay. To the extent that he and I differ,…

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Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

The Old and the New: An Empy Restaurant and Yelp

The other day I was confronted by competing social signals: one old and one new. …

Should Congress Adopt a New Independent Counsel Statute? The Policy Issues

Having addressed the constitutional issues, I now turn to the policy issues  Would it be…

Should Congress Adopt a New Independent Counsel Statute?  The Constitutional Issues

One of the principal concerns about the Obama Administration are the scandals and the claims…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

The Successes and Failure of John Quincy Adams

The public career of John Quincy Adams poses this paradox: he was the greatest ever…

For Constitutional Federalism, but not the Dissolution of Nation States

I am all for vigorous debate on the site, but I am sorry to say…

The Scottish Earthquake

The  effects of the vote on Scottish Independence, like the French Revolution, will not be…

Michael S. Greve
George Mason School of Law

There’s No Telling Where the Money Went

My buddy Chris DeMuth and I are about to embark upon a long-term research project…

Should We Party Like It’s 1938?

In further demonstration that this is a forum for vigorous debate among friends: I strenuously…

Halbig: Another Expert View

The federal judiciary is in great need of expert economic advice, and mercifully some are…

Liberty Law Forum

U.S. Soldiers at Camp Bucca in Iraq. Photo Credit: DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images

How to Secure America’s Peace

Our historically literate founding statesmen elaborated a foreign policy to shield Americans’ exceptional way of life in a hostile world through the timeless principles of statecraft. For more than a century, their successors held to the Founders’ purpose and to those principles. America grew great. Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, a new…

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Finding Fault in Our National Insecurity

Angelo Codevilla has been a legend in our house since the 1980s when my wife and I first encountered this Renaissance force of nature radiating virtú. Somehow Angelo manages a vineyard in California, a horse ranch in Wyoming, a large, loving family, a prolific academic career, and world travel without strain, indeed with unfailing ebullience.…

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A Trenchant Yet Flawed Analysis of American Foreign Policy

Angelo Codevilla’s analysis of the many problems associated with U.S. foreign policy provides an abundance of important insights. He is devastatingly on the mark when he contends that since the beginning of the 20th century, U.S. officials have transformed the Founders’ emphasis on shielding the American people against external dangers into an arrogant, unattainable objective…

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Principle and Prudence in American Foreign Policy

There is much with which to agree in Angelo Codevilla’s thoughtful essay. To the extent that he and I differ, it is with regard to means and not ends. We both agree that U.S. foreign policy is in shambles, characterized by drift and incoherence. It is at best a-strategic at worst anti-strategic, lacking any concept…

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