New Items at Law and Liberty

The next Liberty Forum debate is now available. It features a lead essay by John Yoo on why preserving American sovereignty in an age of proliferating  international law and treaties means utilizing the Constitution’s structural norms of federalism and separation of powers to navigate the expanding international legal environment. Smart responses from Roger Alford of the Notre Dame School of Law and John Cerone of New England Law School follow Yoo’s essay.

Clint Bolick makes an appearance in the next podcast to discuss his book Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty. The conversation evaluates Bolick’s position, advanced in Death Grip, that the infamous Slaughterhouse Cases of 1873 emptied the privileges or immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of one its primary purposes: the protection of economic liberties against encroachment by state governments. This conversation explores the history and intent behind the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and its privileges or immunities clause, and then looks to current efforts to breathe life back into the protection of economic liberties.

Finally, don’t miss the excellent symposium on Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom celebrating the book’s 50th year. In this online symposium, Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr., Todd Zywicki, Brian Domitrovic, Donald Boudreaux, and William Ruger provide reflections on Friedman’s classic work.