Law & Liberty

Law & Liberty focuses on the content, status, and development of law in the context of republican and limited government and the ways in which liberty and law mutually reinforce each other.

Law & Liberty brings together serious debate, commentary, essays, blog posts, podcast episodes, book reviews, interviews, and educational material in a commitment to the first principles of law in a free society. The site considers a range of foundational and contemporary legal issues, legal philosophy, and pedagogy.

Essays

Law & Liberty publishes commentary on legal, political, and cultural issues from a host of contributors.

Forum

The forum is a platform for the discussion of the legal and philosophical principles that inform and govern a free government and a free people. Recognizing that there is no shortage of online venues for evaluating legal questions, the forum's distinction rests in its examination of the basic principles of a constitutional republican order and its focus on the elements of freedom that must exist in a society dedicated to liberty and responsibility. The forum aims to uncover the genesis of central legal ideas that produced our unique heritage of Western liberty but are now misunderstood due to ideological confusion.

Every month, the forum presents an essay on a major topic by a leading thinker. This first essay’s ideas will then be considered and tested by two other participants in each exchange. The ideas discussed and debated in this space are not the sole preserve of experts, however. The hope is that each topic, and the ideas animating and surrounding it, will emerge into full view for the reader, permitting a new and refined understanding of the ideas discussed. These ideas are open to all: They are the personal and collective wisdom of any society devoted to the noblest ideas of the Western legal and political philosophical tradition.

Podcast

The podcast features interviews with leading academics and writers on new books, articles, and contemporary subjects.

Book Reviews

This section contains reviews of significant new books in law, history, policy, and politics.

Liberty Classics

We offer reviews of classic Liberty Fund titles, highlighting their importance for the preservation of liberty and responsibility in a free society.

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Recent Posts

Here are the 10 latest posts from Law & Liberty.

Law & Liberty June 4, 2020

Sweet Land of Tyranny

More democracy is not always the best solution to the problems of democracy, but in the case of a pandemic, it may be our best hope of reasoned action.

Law & Liberty June 4, 2020

A Badge of Discrimination

The British National Health Service has spoken: Wear the badge or declare yourself to be a bigot.

Law & Liberty June 4, 2020

Undermining Competitive Federalism

To preserve our federalism the national government must refrain from paying for the past and present fiscal mismanagement by state governments.

Law & Liberty June 4, 2020

Local Democracy, Elite Preferences

The authors of Reconstructing Democracy support some level of popular control, but seem unaware of their own refined condescension.

Law & Liberty June 3, 2020

Did We All Lose the War on Women?

As Schlafly amply illustrated, polarization can be a potent political weapon.

Law & Liberty June 3, 2020

Leading from Conviction

Leadership cannot be emulated or explained to details; it is a paradigm, and it is fluid.

Law & Liberty June 3, 2020

Is the Military Failing America?

The Cost of Loyalty claims without proof that the military controls American life, and that the academies control the military.

Law & Liberty June 3, 2020

Revaluing the Real

Reality is too rich to allow itself to be perfectly captured in any rendering, model, or experiment.

Law & Liberty June 2, 2020

A Protestant Integralism?

If all political history is simply a contest between Christian and anti-Christian ideas, everything is a battleground.

Law & Liberty June 2, 2020

Portrait of a Cold War Intellectual

David Pryce-Jones's Signatures reminds us of a more dire and serious age but also of one in some ways more genuinely human than our own.

Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Law Talk.

Liberty Law Talk June 4, 2020

Bureaucracy, Regulation, and the Unmanly Contempt for the Constitution

John Marini unmasks the century-long effort to undermine the Constitution's distribution of power.

Liberty Law Talk May 15, 2020

America in the Dock

Robert Reilly explores the ideas that made America possible in his new book, America on Trial.

Liberty Law Talk May 1, 2020

How the Academics Made Progressivism All-American

The academics made hostility to the Founders' Constitution a domesticated notion.

Liberty Law Talk April 15, 2020

Rumors of the Death of the American Dream Are Greatly Exaggerated

Michael Strain on why the economics of America are surprisingly good and why we should stop listening to the naysayers.

Liberty Law Talk April 1, 2020

Crisis of the Roberts Court

Michael Greve discusses the daunting prospects for the Roberts Court in a closely divided country.

Liberty Law Talk March 31, 2020

Liberalism and the Death Penalty

Craig Lerner discusses the political, philosophical, and moral implications of the death penalty.

Liberty Law Talk March 31, 2020

America, Land of Deformed Institutions

Yuval Levin pinpoints that American alienation and anger emerges from our weak political, social, and religious institutions.

Liberty Law Talk March 31, 2020

Did the Civil Rights Constitution Distort American Politics?

Christopher Caldwell discusses his new book, The Age of Entitlement.

Liberty Law Talk March 31, 2020

Can the Postmodern Natural Law Remedy Our Failing Humanism?

Graham McAleer discusses how postmodern natural law can help us think more coherently about human beings and our actions.

Liberty Law Talk March 31, 2020

Stuck With Decadence

Ross Douthat discusses his new book, The Decadent Society.

Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Forum.

Liberty Forum March 2, 2020

An Incarceration Nation?

Compared to Europe, Canada and Australia the honest answer is “yes—but with good reason.”

Liberty Forum March 2, 2020

An Incarceration Nation?

Compared to Europe, Canada and Australia the honest answer is “yes—but with good reason.”

Liberty Forum February 3, 2020

Sacrificial Politics and Sacred Victims

The key to understanding contemporary Sacrificial Politics is to recognize what people of the Left hold sacred: victims of oppression.

Liberty Forum February 3, 2020

Sacrificial Politics and Sacred Victims

The key to understanding contemporary Sacrificial Politics is to recognize what people of the Left hold sacred: victims of oppression.

Liberty Forum January 6, 2020

How Economic Nationalism Hurts Nations

The attraction of such policies is their promise of immediate action to reverse economic decline and promote national greatness, but do they deliver?

Liberty Forum January 6, 2020

How Economic Nationalism Hurts Nations

The attraction of such policies is their promise of immediate action to reverse economic decline and promote national greatness, but do they deliver?

Liberty Forum November 1, 2019

Beyond the Ideological Lie: The Revolution of 1989 Thirty Years Later

We in the West need to draw on the best anti-totalitarian wisdom, as never before.

Liberty Forum November 1, 2019

Beyond the Ideological Lie: The Revolution of 1989 Thirty Years Later

We in the West need to draw on the best anti-totalitarian wisdom, as never before.

Liberty Forum October 1, 2019

“Two Kaisers in the Same Grave”: Prohibition at 100

The centennial of Prohibition is an opportunity to retrace our steps and consider afresh the limits of politics.

Liberty Forum October 1, 2019

“Two Kaisers in the Same Grave”: Prohibition at 100

The centennial of Prohibition is an opportunity to retrace our steps and consider afresh the limits of politics.

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