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Risk Doesn’t Stand Still

Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe explores the movement and transformation of risks in adapting, self-referencing systems, of which financial systems are a notable example. In this provocative new book, the Wall Street Journal’s chief economics commentator Greg Ip contemplates how actions to reduce and control risk are often…

Twenty Years after Welfare Reform: The Welfare System Remains in Place

It was 20 years ago that leaders of both major political parties gathered in the Rose Garden of the White…

There Is No Charity in Bureaucracy

Compassion, it seems to me, is better as a retail than as a wholesale virtue. No doubt there are exceptional…

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Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

Balkin on Strategic Originalism

Jack Balkin has written an interesting post commenting upon Steven Smith’s and my discussion of…

The Equal Rights Amendments and Its Possible Meanings

In the 1970s, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment passed both houses of Congress with the…

Heather MacDonald on Proactive Policing

Heather MacDonald argues in the City Journal that a significant increase in violent crime has…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

The Right to Privacy Is a Threat to Liberty

The New York Times recently reported that in 2006 a German executive at Volkswagen gave…

Let Tesla Sell Directly to Its Customers

There is a debate about how innovative are Tesla’s new cars, but the company is…

Sunstein’s False Claim that Scalia Was a Living Constitutionalist

In an essay forthcoming for the Harvard Law Review, Cass Sunstein argues that Justice Antonin…

Michael S. Greve
George Mason University Law School

What Power of the Purse?

A few years ago Eugene Steuerle (Brookings) and his colleague Tim Roeper developed a “fiscal…

The Not-So-Independent Judiciary

The Constitution permits Congress to do amazing stuff to the independent judiciary. It can withhold…

Immigration Law, Metaphysics, and the APA

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard extended oral argument in the litigation over the administration’s Deferred…

Liberty Law Forum

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Twenty Years after Welfare Reform: The Welfare System Remains in Place

It was 20 years ago that leaders of both major political parties gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House to watch President Clinton sign the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The bill that Clinton signed into law on August 22, 1996, despite its obscure title (and unpronounceable acronym, PRWORA—hereafter we will…

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