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Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was the keynote speaker at last night’s Competitive Enterprise Institute gala. The subject of Kozinski’s talk was antitrust law, but the libertarian jurist skewered many a target a long the way.
“There is no problem that can’t be made more complicated by handing it over to economists,” Kozinski said. But he wasn’t much kinder to his fellow judges: “Ignorance has never stopped a federal judge from expressing an opinion on any topic.” Kozinski remarked that the noted judicial philosopher Learned Hand “was very knowledgeable about everything except how the world works.
This lack of familiarity with how the world works informs a lot of antitrust jurisprudence to this day, Kozinski argued. “The more heavily the government regulates the market, the more competition is impeded,” he said, contending that exercising monopoly power in today’s economy is “about as easy as holding a greasy pig.” Kozinski closed with a rousing rendition of “Strangers in the Night” (yes, he has a nice singing voice).
Only at a CEI function can one find an entertaining discussion of antitrust law.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?