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.


The blog features timely commentary by John McGinnis, Mike Rappaport, and James Rogers and a host of other contributors on constitutional, legal, and policy issues.


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.


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.

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Recent Posts

Here are the 10 latest posts from Law & Liberty.

Law & Liberty February 23, 2018

Canine Democracy

From bitter experience the Social-Democrats know that life in Mrs. Merkel’s political embrace is a kiss of the spider woman: you slowly die.

Law & Liberty February 23, 2018

Originalism, Minorities, and Women

Is it an indictment of originalism that most originalists in the academy are white males?

Law & Liberty February 23, 2018

The Troubling Apotheosis of the Notorious RBG

The adulation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which appears ever growing on the left, raises concerns about the left’s model of a justice and of justice.

Law & Liberty February 23, 2018

The Constitutional Propriety of Impeaching the President

On the 150th anniversary of Andrew Johnson's trial in the Senate, we should remember that impeaching the president isn't only about specific crimes.

Law & Liberty February 22, 2018

Britain’s Entry into World War II Led to Its Second-Rate Status

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes says the end of a matter is better than the beginning. Not for Britain in World War II, however.

Law & Liberty February 22, 2018

Oxfam and the Corruption of Foreign Aid

Beyond their corruption, Oxfam’s ideas of how poverty is to be overcome — by means of foreign aid — is, and in retrospect has always been, deeply flawed.

Law & Liberty February 21, 2018

What Makes Civil Wars Different

David Armitage offers tremendous insight into civil wars and how to understand them, but not in the usual social scientific or historical key.

Law & Liberty February 20, 2018

Justice Gorsuch So Far

Republican nominees have often been disappointments for originalists, but Neil Gorsuch is turning out to be the exception to this trend.

Law & Liberty February 20, 2018

Religion Currently Poses Less Danger to Democracy Than Other Social Movements

Democracies need all the help they can get, including religion, to muster the better angels of ourselves for the sacrifice that sustains decent politics.

Law & Liberty February 20, 2018

Why Jordan Peterson Is the Last Gentleman

Jordan Peterson is easy to caricature, but his teaching is deeper than most people realize, and offers existential lessons we need today.