Constitutionalism

How the Shutdown Europeanized the US Constitution and How to Restore It

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Democrats and Republicans, by entering and exiting the 2013 “government shutdown” without regard to America’s traditional Constitutional practices, practically instituted among us the European practice of single “crisis” votes that enable or disable governments. The remedy lies in removing any

Law, Legislation and Liberty

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Friedrich Hayek

This Liberty Law Talk is with philosopher Eric Mack on Friedrich Hayek’s 1973 magnum opus, Law, Legislation and Liberty. Hayek’s significant trilogy distinguishes between law and legislation, considers the appropriate rule of judges within a spontaneous order, observes the

Reason and the Unfounded Constitution

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In Gerald Russello’s account of Russell Kirk’s Constitutional theory, he conscisely outlines Kirk’s thought on that central concern for conservatives and indeed for all Americans.  As Kirk understood, the Constitution is a great Fact of American experience, whose importance cannot

Of Constitutionalism, Consequentialism and Climate

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The president, armed with inherent executive power topped with statutory authority, faced a dilemma: Danger beckoned. Congress alternated between theatrical hems and political haws.  The international position and perhaps security of the United States were at stake.  So he chose

Beyond Politics: How to Think about Government Failure

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Beyond Politics

The next Liberty Law Talk is a conversation with Randy Simmons on his recently revised and updated book, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure. Serious policy analysis frequently begins with the unspoken assumption that government must fill the

The Formidable Philosophical Obstacles to Islamic Constitutionalism

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Sohail Hashmi makes what seems to be a very reasonable case for the compatibility of Islam and constitutional government, and for the role of a reformed sharia as the foundation for the development of constitutionalism today.  However, his case founders