A comment by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas highlights a longstanding pernicious fallacy.
The real danger to citizens is the use of coercive government power, no matter how it’s named.
Biden says Republicans are plotting a repeat of 2020 in 2024. Maybe Congress should do something to prevent that?
The current and former presidents offer dueling but equally apocalyptic takes on this fall’s elections.
Plus: The editors answer a question from a U.S. House candidate.
The president's attack on the "extreme ideology" of "MAGA Republicans" elides the tension between majority rule and individual freedom.
Plus: Backpage appeal hits the 9th Circuit today, E.U. petition would ban anyone born after 2010 from ever buying nicotine products, and more...
Tyler Cowen explains why it's a mistake to conflate democracy with what is good and just.
Fifth post in the symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project. Walter Olson of Team Libertarian comments on similarities and differences between the three reports.
Third post in the symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project. Walter Olson presents the Team Libertarian Report.
Second post in the symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project. Edward Foley outlines the Team Progressive Report.
First post in the Volokh Conspiracy symposium on the NCC "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" project.
Volokh Conspiracy Symposium on the National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" Project
The symposium will include representatives of all three teams that drafted reports for the project: conservative, libertarian, and progressive.
The "Good Government Trilemma": Why We Can't Have Democracy, Accountability, and Big Government all at Once
Canadian legal scholar Leonid Sirota outlines some reasons why.
It is now available for download on SSRN. The chapter is part of a forthcoming volume on "The Epistemology of Democracy," edited by Hana Samaržija and Quassim Cassam.
Despite an overwhelming sense that the country is headed in the wrong direction, the only way most voters will fire an incumbent is by voting for a different incumbent instead.
Cynical single-party gerrymandering contributes to and is driven by the hyperpartisanship that defines American politics right now.
Michigan's 3rd district has produced two consecutive freedom-oriented Republican lawmakers. Tuesday's results ensure that there won't be a third.
Former President Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election relied on three potential pressure points. This bill addresses all three.
We can condemn the actions of Moscow without forfeiting the right to point out missteps in Kyiv.
Conservative Legal Luminaries Release Report Entitled "Lost, Not Stolen: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election"
The authors include big-name conservative former federal judges Michael Luttig and Michael McConnell, former Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson, and others.
Video of presentations by the leaders of the Conservative, Libertarian, and Progressive Teams. Plus, my thoughts on a comparison of the three reports by Progressive Team leader Ned Foley.
Team Libertarian Report from National Constitution Center "Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy" Project Now Available on SSRN
I coauthored the report with Clark Neily and Walter Olson, both of the Cato Institute.
The project includes reports by conservative, libertarian, and progressive teams. I am coauthor of the Team Libertarian report.
Political philosopher Chris Freiman makes the case.
Can the January 6 Committee Hearings Break Through the Barriers of Political Ignorance and Bias Underpinning the Big Lie?
Most of those open to evidence already know that Trump tried to reverse the outcome of an election he legitimately lost. Reaching the rest is likely to be extremely difficult, at best.
One of the world's leading experts on public knowledge and ignorance explains why consumers of misinformation are often as much to blame as producers.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro ran ads that boosted Mastriano's GOP primary campaign. There's no way this strategy could ever backfire, right?
In an important new article, political philosophers Jason Brennan and Christopher Freiman explain why standard justifications for paternalistic restrictions on consumers also apply to voters.
Harvard Law Professor Guy-Uriel Charles has some useful insights on the problem.
The less of our lives we allow to be put to a vote, the better.
Video of American Enterprise Institute Event on my Book "Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom"
It includes commentary by housing policy specialist Emily Hamilton (Mercatus Center), and economist Filipe Campante (Johns Hopkins University).
A new paper makes the economic case for throwing the bums out as often as possible.
Republican party officials voted earlier on Friday to censure Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, the only two Republicans participating in the investigation of the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol
They cause vastly more harm than good and actually undermine health care and scientific progress in the long run.
They were a bit of both.
Plus: A very blunt Senate candidate, bad news for business mergers, and more...
The article challenges longstanding conventional wisdom claiming that judicial review of democratically enacted laws is at odds with popular political choice.
Both parties want to kill the filibuster when they are in the majority, and that's exactly why it needs to stick around.
Ignorance and bias played a major role in the attack on the Capitol and in the continuing belief of many Republicans that Biden didn't really win the 2020 election. The issue is part of the broader problem of political ignorance and bias, which is by no means confined to any one side of the political spectrum.
I picked three books I largely agree with - and two that I mostly don't.
It sucked for avoidable reasons.
Politics isn’t going away, so we can at least try to make it less bad.