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Roger Stone, Bill Barr, and the DOJ Controversy

Roger Stone, Bill Barr, and the DOJ Controversy

February 20, 2020

Was Donald Trump wrong to sound off on the Roger Stone trial? Is Attorney General William Barr hopelessly compromised? What are the limits of presidential intervention in the Justice Department? Richard Epstein answers these questions and more in the newest installment of The Libertarian.

State of the Unions

State of the Unions

February 13, 2020

Richard Epstein explains why a decline in union membership is a positive development for the American economy, why public-sector unions are intrinsically corrosive, and why conservative populists’ enthusiasm for reviving organized labor are misguided.

School Choice and the Supreme Court

School Choice and the Supreme Court

February 7, 2020

Richard Epstein analyzes a case out of Montana that may have significant implications for parents’ ability to send their children to private schools.

AB 5 and the End of Freelancers?

AB 5 and the End of Freelancers?

January 24, 2020

Richard Epstein examines a new California law that is imperiling the livelihoods of many of the Golden State’s independent contractors and considers how challenges to the legislation may fare in the courts.

Iran, War Powers, and the Constitution

Iran, War Powers, and the Constitution

January 9, 2020

Richard Epstein examines the legal controversies around the Trump Administration’s attack on Iranian leadership: Was it an ‘assassination’? How much can Congress constrain the president’s ability to act in such situations? Is this a situation where precedent trumps constitutional text? Plus, a look at debates over the legality of military conscription.

Best and Worst of the 2010s

Best and Worst of the 2010s

December 19, 2019

Richard Epstein analyzes the most promising — and disturbing — intellectual trends of the 2010s.

California Burning

California Burning

December 11, 2019

Richard Epstein considers all the ways California policymakers are compounding the damage from the state’s wildfires — from a misplaced emphasis on global warming to new regulations that will damage the market for home insurance.

The China Quandary

The China Quandary

December 4, 2019

Richard Epstein considers how the U.S. should deal with China in light of the country’s internal human rights abuses and its increasingly aggressive assertions in Hong Kong.

Against ‘Common Good Capitalism’

Against ‘Common Good Capitalism’

November 26, 2019

Richard Epstein reacts to Marco Rubio’s proposal for a ‘Common Good Capitalism’ that would upend the relationship between workers and employers.

Crime & Punishment & Politics

Crime & Punishment & Politics

November 19, 2019

Richard Epstein looks at a wave of progressive reforms being embraced by Democratic presidential candidates and big city district attorneys, including decriminalizing quality-of-life crimes, eliminating cash bail, and sending fewer people to prison. He also considers whether America has a “mass incarceration” problem and whether there is evidence of racial bias in the criminal justice system.