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Are American Citizens Servants or Masters? Needy Suppliants or Sturdy Yeomen?

Ben Peterson’s argument for “national sovereignty” as the “political idea of the year” was so challenging and so persuasive that it seems almost cavalier for me to have observed in commenting upon it that it under-explains the fretwork of national sovereignty. My praise of the argument is sincere, and I do think that it should…

Back to the Nixon Future?

In his excellent Liberty Forum essay on party politics, Sidney Milkis mentions Richard Nixon’s role in shaping the party system…

A New President

Tomorrow will make it official that Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. His inauguration…

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Mark L. Movsesian
St. John's University Law School

Helping Mideast Christians

In my last post, I described some of the reasons why Mideast Christians face persecution…

No Justice, No Peace

In my last post, I briefly introduced the different communions that make up Mideast Christianity…

The Complicated Political History of Mideast Christians

In my first post, I described the terrible conditions facing Mideast Christians today. I’d now…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

Forgetting “The Forgotten Man”

In his inaugural address Donald Trump channeled an old trope —the forgotten man-- although he…

Confirmation Hearings as a Window into Political Pathologies

Writing footnotes to a law review article can be a tedious business and I sometimes…

The Multiple Personas of the Monarch and the President

Netflix has produced a new series, called The Crown, about the reign of Elizabeth II.…

Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

More on Radical and Moderate Originalism

My last post distinguished between radical and moderate versions of originalism. This post discusses a few…

Radical and Moderate Originalism

Here I want to draw a distinction between two types of originalism: between a radical…

New Methods for Assessing Possible Nominees to the Supreme Court

To state the obvious, the Supreme Court is extremely important.  After years of Repubican Presidents…

Liberty Law Forum

1912 Republican National Convention in Chicago

The Future of Political Parties

Anyone witnessing the bellicose 2016 campaign would be hard pressed to envision a bright future for American political parties. American politics appears to be shaped currently by the paradoxical relationship between the decline of party organizations and angry partisanship—an unfiltered partisanship without parties, if you will, that has given rise to a contest between political…

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Partisanship, Parties, and the Snake that Eats Its Own Tail

Sidney Milkis represents the finest tradition of American political science. His research on the presidency and the parties has always been topnotch, and his broad understanding of political history gives his analysis of contemporary affairs special weight. Best of all, the University of Virginia’s White Burkett Miller Professor of Politics is interested in the big…

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Back to the Nixon Future?

In his excellent Liberty Forum essay on party politics, Sidney Milkis mentions Richard Nixon’s role in shaping the party system that we have today. The point is worth exploring in more detail. President Nixon’s story tells us a great deal about where the parties have been since the middle of the 20th century, and whither…

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2016 As a Realigning Election

In his very thoughtful analysis of the 2016 election, Sidney M. Milkis asserts that “the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and his election as President have been the equivalent of a political weapon of mass destruction.” Milkis laments this as the culmination of a divisive partisanship in which “candidates not only differ…

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