The departure from ideals has very substantial costs that create a presumption against it in the absence of compelling evidence of its necessity.
We are pleased to announce Liberty Classics, a new series engaging with Liberty Fund’s extensive catalog of books. Each essay in this series will review a major work published by Liberty Fund, with an eye to understanding their relevance of classic debates to contemporary law, politics, and culture.
We chose the first three books because of their importance for contemporary debates about originalism and liberalism:
Mark Pulliam, A Victorian Case for Ordered Liberty
James Fitzjames Stephen’s Liberty, Equality, Fraternity remains the best response to John Stuart Mill, and the politics of unfettered progress.
That judges are self-consciously law makers rather than law finders simply cannot be denied: Berger’s Government by Judiciary offers insight into opposing this.
James McClellan’s Liberty, Order, and Justice offers a wise introduction to the philosophy and politics of the U.S. Constitution.