The latest episode of EconTalk is this conversation with my co-host here at Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux, on the distinction between law and legislation...
If there is a topic Justice Antonin Scalia does not relish discussing, it is how he would have voted in Brown v. Board of Education had he been on the Supreme Court when it was decided in 1954. . . .
Classical liberals and libertarians, especially those who admire the works of the famous legal theorists and economist F.A. Hayek, are fond of pointing out that a free society requires the rule of law...
If we could create the universe from scratch, we’d all make sure that no one ever suffered misfortunes or disadvantages. The problem is that we don’t get to create the universe from scratch. Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell argues that the quest for cosmic justice is ultimately at odds with the administration of true justice.
Liberals in the 1960s attempted to place John F. Kennedy, following his death, on a pedestal with Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated a century earlier...
These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. . . .
The other day I sought a respite from current events by re-reading some of the writings of 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke...
Americans may pay lip service to the Constitution, but all too often they’re willing to sidestep the document in order to achieve short-sighted political agendas. Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell explores a dangerous trend.
Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. By Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
How much additional authority should the federal government be granted? By Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara.
Peter Berkowitz on God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World by Walter Russell Mead
Jihadist violence troubles the lands around the Arabian Sea, where sailing of any sort has rarely been smooth. By Camille Pecastaing.
Hoover Releases Third Edition of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, Featuring New Material on One of Nation’s Most Controversial Espionage Cases
Hoover Institution Press today released the third edition of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case by Allen Weinstein. Perjury, the definitive account of the trial of former State Department and UN official Alger Hiss, was first published in 1978.
To succeed in the war on terror, Philip Bobbitt insists, the West needs an entirely new conceptual framework.
By Peter Robinson.
What is the future of assimilation in America? By Bruce S. Thornton.
In Jefferson's America, were some men not created equal?
A comprehensive book by Hoover senior fellow Alvin Rabushka shows how newborn America found its financial footing.
Libya has known autocrats and invaders before. A century ago, Italians came, saw, conquered . . . and were defeated. By Charles Lindsey.
The Supreme Court has the final authority on all matters of law under the U.S. Constitution. But what legal philosophy should the Supreme Court use to reach its decisions? Should the Court merely hand down rules based on the text of a fixed, or "dead," Constitution? Or should the Court apply standards that are based on interpretations of a "living" Constitution that evolves as our society changes? These fundamentally different approaches to constitutional law have created a rift with the current Supreme Court. How serious is this rift? Who's right? And to what extent are these competing arguments merely covers for ideological positions?
Audio recording of “Out for a Constitutional” (26:48)