Is It Another Great Awakening?

Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge shocked the secular West in 2009 by announcing that God Is Back—starting with China, of all places. Here were two epitomes of British reasonableness explaining that Europe was the modern exception in viewing God as dead, an irrational shadow of the past, with its Continent declining in population…

Reforming Nonlegislative Rules

In my last post, I noted the problem of nonlegislative rules – rules, such as guidance documents, announced by administrative…

Parole and the Rule of Law

My wife tells me that I have bees in my bonnet, generally in serial fashion rather than all at once,…

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Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

Reforming Nonlegislative Rules

In my last post, I noted the problem of nonlegislative rules – rules, such as…

The Problem of Nonlegislative Rules

One of the big problems involving administrative agencies is that they are often insufficiently checked. …

Two Political Theory Courses

As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of listening to college courses…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

Hong Kong, Democracy, and Constitutionalism

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong recently lamented that permitting democratic elections there would permit…

Same-Sex Marriage, the Political Process and Judicial Manipulation

There is a new meme circulating among journalists about the Supreme Court’s decision not to…

Eliminate Missouri Plans for Judicial Selection

It is election season again. And that means it is time for complaining about electoral…

Michael S. Greve
George Mason School of Law

A Constitutional Congress

In an exceptionally important article, Chris DeMuth addresses the deep pathologies of our politics. Chris…

The Taxman Cometh, Twice

Among the cases teed up for the Supreme Court’s current Term is Comptroller v. Wynne,…

Tyranny on the Margin

I’m grateful for the responses to my earlier Office for Civil Rights post, especially the…

Liberty Law Forum

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Can America Remain a Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century?

We often call ours “a nation of immigrants.” It is a peculiar and paradoxical phrase. A “nation,” as generally understood, is a tribal, ethnic, or historical group. In the era of the American Revolution, a nation, a people, a tribe, and a race were often interchangeable terms. Nation, as the word is usually used by…

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Immigration Bolsters American Freedom

There is much to agree with in Richard Samuelson’s essay. My disagreement arises from three main sources. First, Samuelson undervalues how important relatively freer immigration is for maintaining American values and institutions. Second, his view of the country’s past assimilation of immigrants is too rosy. Third, his pessimism concerning the assimilation of current immigrants is…

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The Past, Present, and Future of American Immigration

Richard Samuelson has provided us with a thoughtful discussion of immigration in modern America, focusing on its philosophical meanings and its place in American society. He defends the idea of America as a “credal” nation built upon the political principles of the Founding era and sees the assimilation of immigrants to that Founding creed as…

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Assimilation is a Brutal and Necessary Bargain

Let me begin by acknowledging that I share Professor Samuelson’s concern that many immigrants today are not assimilating to “classic American values of thrift, hard work, and cooperation in civil society.” I, too, am uneasy at the prospect of immigrants being influenced by “trans-national” elites to the point where they, and especially their children, may…

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