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.

Blog

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.

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.

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Recent Posts

Here are the 10 latest posts from Law & Liberty.

Law & Liberty October 17, 2018

Hamilton, Madison, and American Oligarchy: A Conversation with Jay Cost

Jay Cost, author of The Price of Greatness, discusses the political and economic debates between Hamilton and Madison.

Law & Liberty October 17, 2018

Life Finds A Way: Jurassic Park‘s Warning at 25

Jurassic Park's question remains: is technology subject to our control anymore?

Law & Liberty October 16, 2018

Letters from Piety Hill

A rich, entertaining, and often instructive selection of Russell Kirk’s correspondence.

Law & Liberty October 16, 2018

Why Law Students Need to Learn More about Originalism

Law is a professional discipline and students should be prepared for the world as it is rather than what their professors fantasize it could be.

Law & Liberty October 16, 2018

Pentecostalism and the Deplorables in The Apostle

Truth breaks into life in pulverizing ways, and this is something Robert Duvall shares with Flannery O'Connor.

Law & Liberty October 16, 2018

Prohibiting Court Packing by Constitutional Amendment

A constitutional obstacle to court packing would be tremendously valuable, but it might have downsides as well.

Law & Liberty October 15, 2018

U.S. Environmentalism Is a Success Story

In the decades since the movement began in 1970, we have discovered that we don’t have to choose between environmental protection and economic growth.

Law & Liberty October 15, 2018

Bailing Out On Common Sense

Bail reform—including the elimination of the bail system—has become a fashionable policy position for would-be wonks.

Law & Liberty October 15, 2018

“To Make Disciples of All Nations”

Christ’s message for mankind and the writings of the spiritual sages of the East -- a natural combination?

Law & Liberty October 12, 2018

The Virtues of On Reading Well

As our poor usage of words attests, we do not know what “virtuous” means, let alone how to live it, but reading can help.

Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Law Talk.

Liberty Law Talk October 17, 2018

Hamilton, Madison, and American Oligarchy: A Conversation with Jay Cost

Jay Cost, author of The Price of Greatness, discusses the political and economic debates between Hamilton and Madison.

Liberty Law Talk October 3, 2018

Knowledge, Risk, and the Surprised Banker: A Conversation with Alex Pollock

Alex Pollock discusses the philosophy of finance and why the quant guys keep getting it wrong.

Liberty Law Talk September 18, 2018

Getting Right with Nationalism: A Conversation with Yoram Hazony

Yoram Hazony discusses why nationalism produces a politics of freedom, prosperity, and peace.

Liberty Law Talk September 4, 2018

The Peronist Pope Francis: A Conversation with Daniel Mahoney

Daniel Mahoney discusses Pope Francis's approach to the papacy and world politics.

Liberty Law Talk August 15, 2018

Liberalism as Armed Doctrine: A Conversation with Philip Hamburger

Philip Hamburger joins us to discuss his new book Liberal Suppression

Liberty Law Talk August 15, 2018

Liberalism as Armed Doctrine: A Conversation with Philip Hamburger

Philip Hamburger joins us to discuss his new book Liberal Suppression

Liberty Law Talk August 3, 2018

How Prosperity Is Improving the World of Work: A Conversation with John Tamny

John Tamny on the positive evolution of work under economic growth.

Liberty Law Talk August 3, 2018

How Prosperity Is Improving the World of Work: A Conversation with John Tamny

John Tamny on the positive evolution of work under economic growth.

Liberty Law Talk July 16, 2018

Is Relativism the Best Constitutional Defense of Free Speech? A Conversation with Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes discusses the rights and duties of freedom of speech.

Liberty Law Talk July 16, 2018

Is Relativism the Best Constitutional Defense of Free Speech? A Conversation with Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes discusses the rights and duties of freedom of speech.

Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Law Forum.

Liberty Law Forum October 1, 2018

Reforming U.S. Environmental Policy

Start with two big obstacles to good policymaking on the environment: federal review under NEPA, and undue judicial deference to the executive branch.

Liberty Law Forum September 4, 2018

The Frivolous Valley and Its Dreadful Conformity

Silicon Valley, with soil so fertile that anything could grow there, now grows a hierarchy of techies seeking money, fame, power, sex, and adulation.

Liberty Law Forum August 1, 2018

Restoring Localism

Freeing localities from federal control appeals to the Left at the moment. Right and Left could make a strategic alliance to foment a decentralist rebellion.

Liberty Law Forum August 1, 2018

Restoring Localism

Freeing localities from federal control appeals to the Left at the moment. Right and Left could make a strategic alliance to foment a decentralist rebellion.

Liberty Law Forum July 2, 2018

Desire or Dominance?: Sexual Harassment’s Legal Maze

The discrimination approach doesn’t give us adequate tools for managing real differences between the sexes.

Liberty Law Forum July 2, 2018

Desire or Dominance?: Sexual Harassment’s Legal Maze

The discrimination approach doesn’t give us adequate tools for managing real differences between the sexes.

Liberty Law Forum June 1, 2018

Between a Mirage and a Mistake: Correcting American Grand Strategy

We should keep in mind our interests and our allies. Doing so brings home to us the paradox of strategic thinking: to secure peace, prepare for war.

Liberty Law Forum June 1, 2018

Between a Mirage and a Mistake: Correcting American Grand Strategy

We should keep in mind our interests and our allies. Doing so brings home to us the paradox of strategic thinking: to secure peace, prepare for war.

Liberty Law Forum May 1, 2018

France’s Psychodrama of 1968

Those who loathe and those who celebrate May 1968 agree it was a defining moment for Western democracy in its late modern form.

Liberty Law Forum May 1, 2018

France’s Psychodrama of 1968

Those who loathe and those who celebrate May 1968 agree it was a defining moment for Western democracy in its late modern form.

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