Of Sanctuaries and Sanctimony

There has been a lot of agitation and, predictably, litigation over the President’s firm intent to whip “sanctuary cities” into line. The general tenor of the online commentary has been “Federalism Lives!” exultation, from Left (Jeffrey Rosen) to Libertarian (my colleague Ilya Somin, whose post links to like-minded writers). Courtesy of the Rehnquist-Roberts Court’s constitutional…

Father Knows Best

In many key respects, F.A. Hayek’s fears that the modern social-democratic welfare state would lead to totalitarianism did not come…

Against National Injunctions

The Trump executive order temporarily barring travelers from 7 countries has once again raised the issue of a single federal…

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James R. Rogers
Texas A&M University

Capitalism According to Michael Novak

I met the late Michael Novak as the lone Protestant attending the first Tertio Millennio…

Caveat Venditor & Market Failure in the Academic Job Market

The Chronicle of Higher Education published the speech Kevin Birmingham delivered last October upon receiving…

When Faction and Solidarity Intersect

In The Federalist #10 James Madison famously observes that the “most common and durable source…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

Once and Future Originalism

A sign of originalism’s strength is the annual conference on the subject now held at…

The President’s Conduct Is No License for Others’ Unlawfulness

On this President's Day there is a lot to criticize about the behavior of our…

Democrats Need a New Supreme Court Nomination Playbook

The old Democratic playbook on Republican Supreme Court nominations will no longer work for the…

Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

Against National Injunctions

The Trump executive order temporarily barring travelers from 7 countries has once again raised the…

An Institutional Analysis of the Present Political World

What are we witnessing these days?  Clearly we are witnessing a war of sorts, but…

The Language of the Lame Duck Pardon Amendment

A short while ago, I wrote a post advocating that we amend the Constitution to…

Liberty Law Forum

Friedrich Hayek (1899 - 1992) with a class of students at the London School of Economics, 1948. (Photo by Paul Popper/Getty Images)

He Tried to Warn Us

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton entered the 2016 campaign as the least popular major-party presidential nominees in the history of polling. Clinton was widely regarded as some combination of corrupt and disingenuous. Many of Trump’s most serious supporters still tend to defend him from a posture more of apology than enthusiasm. The campaign played out…

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Why the Worst Now?

The Road to Serfdom’s publication was one of the intellectual and political turning points of the 20th century. The bloom was starting to come off the rose of socialism and Hayek explained why—in clear, crisp, and precise language and in a spirit of respect for those who had believed or still believed in socialism. I’m…

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We Might Need a Prince of the Potomac

Within days of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. Trump’s America is not Big Brother’s Oceania or Airstrip One. (Hillary Clinton’s America would not have been, either.) But however far Orwell’s dystopia is from becoming our reality, it’s good for Americans to reacquaint themselves with his warnings.…

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Father Knows Best

In many key respects, F.A. Hayek’s fears that the modern social-democratic welfare state would lead to totalitarianism did not come to pass. Even soft despotism seems only to have been partially realized. However, rereading The Road to Serfdom in the opening days of Donald Trump’s presidency offers an uncomfortable glimpse of where our national politics…

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