Rule of Law

Friedrich August von Hayek (May 8, 1899 – March 23, 1992) was an Austrian-British economist and political philosopher known for his defense of classical liberalism and free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thought in the mid-20th century. He is considered one of the most important economists and political philosophers of the 20th century and one of the most influential members of the Austrian school of economics. He also made significant contributions in the fields of jurisprudence and cognitive science.

Hayek shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in economics with ideological rival Gunnar Myrdal “for their pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.” He also received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991. He was a major force for change from the dominant interventionist and Keynesian policies of the first part of the 20th century back toward classical liberalism after the 1980s.

Bastille Day in America? Feds Release 6,000 Prisoners

Half of federal drug prisoners are eligible for resentencing, with an average reduction of more than two years.

- October 08, 2015

Controlling Immigration Means Controlling Everyone

Like Apartheid, internal immigration enforcement threatens everyone's freedom, not just the targeted group's.

- October 01, 2015

Four Justices Who Stood for Justice

George Sutherland, Willis Van Devanter, James Clark McReynolds, and Pierce Butler — four justices who endured ridicule from the highest places and from men far less principled — defended the Constitution as their oaths required.

- September 25, 2015

A Place for the Stateless: Can a Startup City Solve the Refugee Crisis?

There are 20 million international refugees, and Western nations will accept less than 1% of them — can a new city-state solve the crisis?

- September 24, 2015

What War and Terror Do to Principles

Abdo Roumani describes his time in a region being torn apart by war. His principles start to fade with the distant memories of peace and pluralism in Damascus, the city he loves.

- September 21, 2015

The Deadly Consequences and Constitutional Threat of Police Militarization

SWAT illegally broke into his home and shot him to death, but a federal court threw out the jury verdict against the cops. 

Politicians' Job Is to Be Noticed; the Deep State's Job Is to Be Ignored

Politicians love the spotlight, but the government that matters most hides behind secrecy and boredom.

- September 17, 2015

Can Civil Disobedience Kill the Regulatory Goliath?

Charles Murray wants to business owners to refuse to cooperate with the state, but will it work?

- September 15, 2015

How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? (Redux)

There is no war on cops: not now, not last year, not any of the times pundits have tried to invent one.

 

- September 11, 2015

Did Kim Davis Need to Go to Jail?

The Kentucky clerk violated citizens' civil rights and defied a court order, but the judge didn't need to lock her up. 

- September 09, 2015

5 Key Differences between Clerks and Bakers

A free society must distinguish between harms and offenses: Kim Davis has harmed gay couples; the Kleins merely offend them. 

 

- September 08, 2015

Justice Scalia Explained Why Kim Davis Should Issue Marriage Licenses or Find a New Job

Government employees don't have a right to not do their jobs. 

- September 03, 2015

"Ignorance of the Law" Is a Great Excuse if the Law Is Incomprehensible

Justice is impossible if average people can't be expected to understand the law. 

- September 02, 2015

Obama Administration Declares War on Franchisors and Subcontractors

This union-backed regulation will set the labor market back forty years.

- September 02, 2015

When Judges Quit Protecting Liberty

The rational basis test is an excuse for the courts abandon their duty to judge the law and uncover the truth.

- August 20, 2015

When Should Jurors Should Acquit the Guilty

In a world where almost everyone is a criminal, prosecution is already arbitrary. Jury nullification can serve as a last check on unjust laws and unfair prosecutions. 

- August 11, 2015

End Prosecutorial Immunity. Period.

Prosecutors can use false evidence, suppress exculpatory evidence, and elicit perjury, all without fear that they will be held personally liable, even if they intentionally and maliciously violate the rights of innocent people.

- August 11, 2015

No, Rick Santorum, the Gay Marriage Ruling Is Not Like Dred Scott

Senator Santorum and other social conservatives are comparing Obergfell to Dred Scott

- August 10, 2015

The Fed Joins the War on Drugs

The Federal Reserve is cutting a credit union out of the banking system because it does business with legal marijuana businesses in Colorado. 

- August 04, 2015

Police Shut Down Concert Because Rapper's Hologram Was Performing

Cops break up a concert because an artist appeared by hologram who is "anti-cop" and "pro-drug use." 

- August 04, 2015

Supreme Court: No More Lifetime Appointments

The Constitution should be amended to authorize fixed terms for federal judges.

- August 03, 2015

He Beat the IRS in Court, But They Won't Make Him Whole

The government wastes more money each second than it would cost to compensate this asset forfeiture victim, but they're fighting it tooth and nail. 

- July 30, 2015

Handcuffed and Helpless

I'm not angry at every cop, but I am concerned about the common belief that you must have done something wrong if you were abused by police. 

- July 24, 2015

Is "Liberty" a Subjective and Meaningless Concept?

People disagree about what "liberty" means. Should judges overrule legislatures on the question?

- July 23, 2015

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