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Channeling Alan Dershowitz

Channeling Alan Dershowitz

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I must admit it feels really strange to be channeling Alan Dershowitz, not only because Prof. Dershowitz is still very much alive, but also because, at least on some issues, I share his oft-reviled ability to act as an honest broker by disinterestedly considering constitutional issues from the standpoint of both parties to a dispute.  But that is the position I find myself in while reading stories about and pondering the back and forth between Democrats / progressives and Republicans / conservatives regarding the matter of the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh. People on both sides of these controversies seem much more conversant with and concerned about the principles of tennis than those of the US Constitution.  Moreover, there is about equal
Hatching, History, And Hubris

Hatching, History, And Hubris

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As anyone knows who has read more than a half-dozen or so of these “Skeptic’s” columns over the years, especially those emphasizing some aspect of history, one of my all-time favorite quotes is by the German historian and philosopher of history G. W. F. Hegel:  “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history,” an assertion no less true for being facially self-contradictory. A simpler, more colloquial, and less high-falutin’, way of saying the same thing is “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”. Many of the comments, predictions, and prognostications being bandied about by the liberal / progressive community in advance of the 2018 mid-term elections sorely tempts me to conclude that, having lost the last presidential election, progressives have a
The Road To Weimar

The Road To Weimar

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In an 1841 letter to the great Scottish essayist, satirist, and social critic Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “The Anglo-Saxon race [i.e., in the overall context of Emerson’s letter, the British] is proud and strong and selfish. England maintains trade, not liberty.” (italics added) The last five words could be taken as a summary of the state of the current discussion concerning trade and the economics of globalism. All parties to the discussion, regardless of their positions on particular issues, seem determined to “maintain[] trade, not liberty”. I recently ran across what might be considered a classical example of this attitude in an otherwise-excellent article in the Harvard Business Review by Prof. Joan C. Williams,  Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director o