Declaration of Independence

Sooner or Later, A Sovereign People Asserts Its Authority

Though American politics at the grassroots is polarized and divided, sharp commentators have written thoughtfully about the similarities between the parties as a practical matter. I would add that the similarities extend to their leaders. While George W. Bush and Barack Obama could not be further apart ideologically, their attitudes toward governing suffer from the same…

Government Decoherence and Its Discontents

If scholars of American government are like blind men trying to describe our ever-evolving elephant, what is most striking about…

Jorge Ramos’ Journalism Is As American As Apple Pie

Last week’s dust-up at an Iowa campaign event between the corporate-rent-seeker Donald Trump and the media-attention-seeker Jorge Ramos has prompted…

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Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

The Fugitive Slave Clause, State Action, and Congressional Power

Here are two related thoughts about the Fugitive Slave Clause. State Action: It is often said…

Uber: I Have Seen the Future and It Works

Last weekend I was in NYC visiting family and friends, and I had the chance…

Certification Instead of Regulation

In the last couple of generations, regulation has exploded, with harmful effects on both our…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

America’s Class Divide: Scribes v. Producers

The most comprehensive study of the ideology in the legal profession ever has just been published.…

The Iran Deal and the Weakness of Multilateralism

The Obama administration’s best argument for the Iran nuclear deal is also an argument against…

More American Exceptionalism: Less Dangerous Populists

In both parties’ primaries a real populist is running, the kind of person many of…

Michael S. Greve
George Mason University School of Law

Regulatory Reform: A Brief Update

In last week’s post on the regulatory state I surmised that “a retrospective review of…

Every Regime Gets the Lie It Deserves

On my European excursions I’ve made it a habit of flipping through newspapers from Germany,…

The Regulatory State: A Modest Reform Proposal

The Mercatus Center has just published a troubling snapshot analysis of the accumulation of regulatory…

Liberty Law Forum

Confused way of a businessman

Government Decoherence and Its Discontents

If scholars of American government are like blind men trying to describe our ever-evolving elephant, what is most striking about scholarship in recent years is how many of us, making very different approaches to our subject matter, have been grasping for similar descriptors. Caesarism. Government by Deal. Government by Waiver. Kludgeocracy. Lawless law. In my own…

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