Yesterday’s post, on the seemingly unstoppable growth of federal transfer payments to state and local governments, ended on a question: what happens when both parties to the transaction, the states and the feds confront unsustainable commitments? The brilliant answer our federalism has produced: make yet more unsustainable commitments. Why? Read on to find out.
- The current Liberty Law Talk is with Marc DeGirolami on his book The Tragedy of Religious Freedom. Our conversation focuses on the failure of monistic accounts that resolve religious liberty disputes by cosmic appeals to neutrality, equality, or other universal rationales. DeGirolami argues that these accounts fail to consider fully the range of practices, traditions, and meanings at stake in these highly controverted cases.
- For our feature review this week, Aurelian Craiutu reviews Peter Berkowitz’s Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation. Don’t miss this earlier podcast I did with Peter Berkowitz.
- Bryan Caplan @Econ Lib: Just give me natalism.
- This short essay on Jeffrey Sachs’ brilliant plan to end poverty calls to mind a famous Buckley-ism: “I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.”
- The New Atlantis‘s symposium on “The Evolution of Human Nature” evaluates and critiques universal attempts to explain human nature and behavior by Darwinian categories.
- John Goodman: Left, Right, and the race to the bottom in healthcare.