Editor’s note: This piece was originally headlined, “The New Chief, the New Justice, and the New Court,” with the subhead: “Liberals are right to worry.” It ran as the cover story of our October 1986 issue. Say this, at least, for Chief Justice Burger: Nothing so became his office as the leaving of it. By […]
Jeremy Rabkin is professor of law at George Mason University School of Law and the author of Law without Nations? (Princeton University Press), The Case for Sovereignty (AEI Press), and Why Sovereignty Matters (AEI Press).
Even before the Supreme Court ended its last term in early July, media pundits had reached a verdict on its significance: The Court had lurched to the right. As usual, Anthony Lewis of the New York Times gave the charge its most strident formulation. The “stunned reaction among the public as well as legal specialists,” […]
Intellectuals and Society By Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, 398 pages, $29.95) IRVING KRISTOL ONCE DEFINED an intellectual as someone who “knows a little bit about everything.” And, as he was quick to add, he did not mean that disparagingly. Thomas Sowell, who knows quite a lot about many things, is much more disdainful of intellectuals. […]
The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide By Seth Lipsky (Basic Books, 336 Pages, $25.95) This is an improbable book. But Seth Lipsky seems to specialize in improbable projects. In the 1990s, he revived a hundred-year-old Yiddish-language newspaper by creating an English-language version of it. Between 2000 and 2008, he revived the New York Sun, defunct […]
Is freedom of speech in America threatened by the political mobilization of Islam? People who warn about threats to free speech usually like to shout about them—perhaps to show that they themselves won’t submit to threats. I don’t think America will face any shortage of people ready to shout about Islam or the Middle East […]
IN THE PAST, freedom was often conceived as an attribute of persons. The free man could exercise free thought and free will. He was the opposite of the slave—of the man enslaved by others, or the man enslaved by his passions, his superstitions, his bodily needs. Today we more often think of freedom as an […]