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 January 19, 2018

How the Press Spins a Partisan Act of Obama Holdovers

Resignations in protest aren't always what they seem, and they mean a lot less when they come from individuals whose terms expire in a few months.

Law & Liberty January 19, 2018

Un-strange Virtues Celebrated in Stranger Things

The heroes are suspicious of big government and corporations, but in a world where liberalism has not yet curdled into speech codes and racial hectoring.

Law & Liberty January 18, 2018

Juries Judge the Law As Well

No doubt that it is the duty of judges to say what they believe the law is, but that does not mean they are the only ones - juries have their role to play.

Law & Liberty January 18, 2018

Making Politics Possible Again

Those who fear that the good ideas Trump champions will be tainted by his unsavory character are not thinking politically.

Law & Liberty January 18, 2018

Understanding Love and Marriage with Rousseau

Reading Rousseau may help us sort out our love lives, but we have to think like the ancients to make good on his ideas.

Law & Liberty January 17, 2018

Jacques Lacan: Conservative Icon?

It is time for those on the right to start exploring Lacan and use him to theoretically advance conservatism.

Law & Liberty January 17, 2018

The Ethical Mandate for Originalism

Originalism is the way we all want to be read, so why doesn't it have more adherents?

Law & Liberty January 17, 2018

The Divide Between Jefferson and Adams on Human Nature is Ours Too

Why has Thomas Jefferson become the progressives' favorite founder?

Law & Liberty January 16, 2018

Moreno on the Original Meaning and Brown v. Board of Education: Part II

Interpreting the law with original meaning in mind leaves a range of options for defending Brown v. Board.

Law & Liberty January 16, 2018

Debating the Thorniest Issues: A Conversation with Peter Schuck

Debating Poverty, Immigration, Racial Preferences, Campaign Finance, and Religious Freedom with Peter Schuck, author of One Nation Undecided.