Richard Reinsch

Richard Reinsch is the editor of Law and Liberty.

Why Berkeley and BYU Should be Loud and Proud about It

The University of California, Berkeley emerged again as a bastion of protest against perceived fascism. Alt-Right leader Milo Yiannopoulos was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans to speak on the campus, only to be blocked by protestors and violent rioters. President Trump, in true late-night form, tweeted: No free speech, ‘NO FEDERAL FUNDS?’

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We Want Workers, But We Must Form American Citizens

Ellis Island, New York

Gerald Russello, editor of the University Bookman, has put together a great symposium on immigration entitled Citizen, Community, and Welcoming the Stranger with pieces by Yuval Levin, Bruce Frohnen, Peter Lawler, David Azerrad, Brad Birzer, and Daniel McCarthy. Below is my contribution which is reposted with permission from the Bookman.

America’s more open approach to widespread immigration is faltering, the support for it eroded by our low-growth economy. For too many, the pie seems to be shrinking, with those at the Little Debbie level much more aware of this than those who can afford double-swirly cheesecakes. To be sure, some of the blame for the Obama era’s anemic growth can be put on aggressive regulatory policy. Obamacare increased, in effect, the tax on labor that employers must pay, with predictable responses on their part. The Federal Reserve became the largest financial intermediary in the country under the reign of quantitative easing, meaning that the central bank, and not an array of investors, has been the biggest allocator of capital. As Bastiat told us, we’re unable to see the value that wasn’t created as a result of centralized policies that squelched opportunities for growth.

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Welcoming James Rogers

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I'm excited to announce that James Rogers has joined us as a regular blogger. He opens with a response to Cass Sunstein's criticisms of originalism. Rogers is no stranger to this space, having guest blogged in November and, before that, contributing other posts and reviews. His review of Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance is worth revisiting. Rogers has a joint faculty appointment at Texas A&M University and at the TAMU campus in Doha, Qatar. He holds a Ph.D in political science as well as a J.D. In addition to publishing numerous articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law,…

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A Return to Constitutionalism

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee.  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is by virtually every account a stellar jurist. His writings are now being mined, by supporters and opponents alike, for evidence of his commitment to judicial restraint and the separation of powers.

That evidence is not hard to find. In an address delivered on April 27, 2016, Gorsuch spoke of “the great project of Justice Scalia’s career,” namely to expound “the differences between judges and legislators.”

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After Administration

Scartoffie, pratiche e burocrazia

Do we need a theory of managerial class disintegration? Such an ambitious question can at the least be ventured given our headlines: Brexit, Trump, Le Pen, the European Union and the larger rise of the Euronationalist parties, and the questioning of postwar international institutions, to name a few.

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A New President

President Washington's Inauguration in New York City, April 23, 1789.

Tomorrow will make it official that Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. His inauguration will likely be full of the Americana that many of us love, one that will provide telling points of patriotism and gratitude without any of the postmodern irony that lurked in Obama’s second inaugural where he said the truths of the Declaration of Independence “may” be self evident, and, without pausing, concluded that we should still be willing to work eagerly on their behalf.  Trump’s election tells us that Americans are not rushing to enter the age of post-national and…

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Introducing Mark Movsesian as January Guest Blogger

I am excited to announce that Mark Movsesian will be guest blogging at Law and Liberty for the month of January on religious freedom and migration issues facing the Middle East, among other topics. Some of our readers will recall Mark's earlier account of the Armenian genocide. In addition to being the Frederick A. Whitney Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University Law School, he is co-director of the Tradition Project, a new research initiative that explores the continuing relevance of tradition in law, politics, and culture. He writes in law and religion, contracts and international and comparative law; his…

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Top Content of 2016

Introducing Kevin Walsh as December Guest Blogger

I am happy to introduce to you Kevin C. Walsh as our guest blogger this month. I am delighted that he will be lending his considerable insights to us for the month of December. Mr. Walsh professes law in Richmond, Virginia at the University of Richmond School of Law. His scholarship focuses on doctrines that define the scope of the judicial power. His latest law review article is Enduring Originalism, co-authored with Jeffrey Pojanowski. Walsh blogs at Mirror of Justice and Law-RVA, and can be found on Twitter @kevincwalsh.​

Introducing James Rogers and Brian Mannix as November Guest Bloggers

So yesterday Michael Greve announced that he was going to step back from full-time blogging and would join our conversations from time to time. Mike has been a part of this site since its launch in 2012 and has contributed much to its success. I know that his regular posts will be greatly missed. As one reader commented to Mike, “You have been a lucid and consistent voice in a relative wilderness. I am a non-lawyer who has learned a ton about administrative law and executive federalism: fascinating and horrifying in equal parts. I am sure there are other law professors who know…

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