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 August 7, 2020

An Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver

Lincoln prudently acted on the moral principle that slavery and its expansion was wrong and violated American principles of self-government.

Law & Liberty August 7, 2020

The Originalist Disaster in Chiafalo

If Chiafalo is the best that originalists can do, that is a damning indictment.

Law & Liberty August 6, 2020

The Grim Logic of Urban Politics

Local leaders across the nation, many elected with handsome majorities, have been shown feckless in the face of mobs raging through their cities.

Law & Liberty August 6, 2020

More Than a Carnival

Richard Ellis shows that there was much more to the 1840 presidential contest than hard cider and log cabins.

Law & Liberty August 5, 2020

Anti-Federalists and the Roots of Judicial Oligarchy

Conservatives should recognize that our embrace of the very constitutional vices the Anti-Federalists warned about has made our Republic one in name only.

Law & Liberty August 5, 2020

The Keynesian Vision

As progressives understand better than most people, if you win the vision game, you likely win everything else.

Law & Liberty August 4, 2020

Error of Will—Or Matter of Framing?

We confront a crisis of constitutional misunderstandings—fundamental misunderstandings among much of the legal left; partial misunderstandings by others.

Law & Liberty August 4, 2020

The Court’s Incoherence on Executive Removal

Seila Law reveals the need to find a better legal foundation for the modern administrative state, one that works within the separation of powers.

Law & Liberty August 4, 2020

Secularism Cannot Sustain Liberty

The goods of human dignity, human rights, and human liberty can be secured only by a transcendent source and an ontological grounding.

Law & Liberty August 3, 2020

The Right Kind of Reparations

The difficulty with the reparations argument has always been practical, not moral. It lies in the questions, by whom? to whom? and how much?

Here are the 10 latest posts from Liberty Law Talk.

Liberty Law Talk August 3, 2020

The Works and Days of Thomas More

Thomas More understood as a lawyer and a judge that liberty was justice through the rule of law ordered towards the good of the people.

Liberty Law Talk July 28, 2020

Publius's Constitution, Now More than Ever

All governments not based on the consent of the governed are not legitimate, not truly popular, not truly republican governments.

Liberty Law Talk July 1, 2020

Rōnin Without Masters: A Never Trump Assessment

Steven Teles discusses his excellent study of the Never Trump movement, its players, and how they left the fold of their party.

Liberty Law Talk June 26, 2020

A Revolutionary Moment?

Daniel Mahoney discusses the sober and tough-minded liberalism you can believe in during a time of widespread unrest, anger, and sadness.

Liberty Law Talk June 12, 2020

Is the Future Postliberal?

Fr. Robert Sirico on the challenges to ordered liberty in America from the illiberal Left and Right.

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.

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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