History of the United States of America
During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
In the midst of the 2016 US Presidential election I accidentally started a stupid fight.
For me, the issue was using the proper words to describe things. For my interlocutor, the issue was reinforcing her political position. Logical fallacies like the appeal to authority are hard to miss, but I dropped the matter when Continue reading
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; Continue reading
“Presidential Leadership & The Separation of Powers”
Eric A. Posner
Daedalus, Summer 2016
Binary thinking irks me.
Just consider the state of political discourse in the US. One side advocates for restricting unwelcome speech and, at times, seems to think that only wholesale rebuilding of the American system into a parliamentary one will result in the desired, I’m tempted to say proper, Continue reading
Columbine. Blacksburg. Newtown. Parkland.
The list, incomplete as it is, likely will go on.
We shouldn’t accept that.
How have we gotten here? How do otherwise well-meaning people get so riled up that they feel compelled Continue reading
The Constitution and the New Deal
G. Edward White
History, they say, is written by the winners.
G. Edward White would agree with that statement. He’d then do his best to persuade you that the winners had gamed the system in making their case.
A faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law, White would be labeled a revisionist in the History department. In some quarters those are fighting words. And given that the subject covered in this book is the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court, you can be certain there’d be a regular rhubarb abrewin’ Continue reading