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Constitutional Progress

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Dear Editor: I share James Taranto’s unfavorable assessment of Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman’s political ideology (“20th Century Man,” Feb. 1).  Ackerman’s “Progressivism” is a reflection of the atavistic attitude that the economy performs best when it is consciously guided by the firm hand of a sovereign – [...] [...]

Private Enforcement of Law

A sage quoted by Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution – delivered here through Bryan Caplan at EconLog – offers great practical [...] [...]

The A Word

Dr. Boudreaux, You quoting Robert Higgs today makes you seem like an anarchist. So begins an e-mail that I’ve just opened from Tim Richards, who was inspired to write by this post.  (BTW, I dislike being called “Dr.”  The reason is that in modern American English the word “doctor” is overwhelmingly a synonym for “physician” [...] [...]

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 663 of Little, Brown’s Fifth “Bigelow” edition (1891) of Justice Joseph Story‘s storied 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States: The constitution was, from its very origin, contemplated to be the frame of a national government, of special and enumerated powers, and not of general and unlimited powers.  This is [...] [...]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from Thomas Jefferson’s 1791 reflections on the U.S. Constitution’s delegation of powers to the national government.  Jefferson’s quotation appears in the following passage from page 165 of Noble Cunningham’s outstanding 1987 biography of Jefferson, In Pursuit of Reason (emphasis original to Jefferson; footnote added): He [Jefferson] then considered the general phrase of the [...] [...]