2016: Where Politics Meets the Supreme Court

First off, happy new year to all our faithful readers (reader?). Like all election years, 2016 is gearing up to an exciting one. As someone who enjoys the occasional political debate, every four years I find the audience willing to…

Putin’s Hollow Legalism

The idea that Vladimir Putin would like to revive the Soviet Union, and that he formulates and executes policy accordingly, is not new or original. But I was still some combination of alarmed and amused to find so obvious an example of Soviet…

Lawyers to Get More Frequent Flier Miles

Or at least, gold-level status with Enterprise or National car rental. In law there’s a pretty well-known concept called privilege. Communications between a client and his attorney, under certain conditions, are confidential. Although the public has a number of misconceptions…

Classic Rock Will Slowly Die or, A Musical Reminder of the Historically Singular Nature of Postwar America

I don’t drive much these days (living for 3+ years in the downtowns of compact, walk-able cities rather obviated the need for it), but just over a week ago, trucking my things back east, I found myself behind the wheel…

Leftist Critiques of Capitalism & the Total Collapse of Marxist Alternatives

Leftist critiques of neo-liberalism, capitalism, and the current economic configuration of liberal democracy in general (to be sure these are broad categories but I’m not certain the people making these critiques are always terribly specific) are remarkably Anglo/Euro-centric. That is, the scope…

Working Hard: Then and Now

I believe “sorry I haven’t blogged lately” is probably the most read blog post type in blogging history. As such, I won’t belabor the point but note that my co-author has not only taken up my side, but far exceeded…

The Superbowl & America

The Superbowl is quintessentially American; a sport only we play combined with the decadence and self-involvement at which our country so gloriously excels. Naturally, I love everything about it. I love the advertisements, the flyovers, the weird prop bets, the…

We Live in a Material World

Spend enough time reading about things, especially in an academic context, and it doesn’t become all that hard to slowly assemble a model of the world comprised mostly of abstractions.* Changes in the global daily volume of oil production are…

Has the Quality of Decision Making Improved?

The question posed above, or some form of it anyway, occurred to me towards the end of last year while I was – well, I wish I could remember what I was doing when I thought of it; probably I…

It’s All about the Touches – or, against the Fetishization of Flash in American Soccer

Writing for Sports Illustrated’s blog Planet Futbol this week, Stanley Kay had an interesting piece this week about U.S. Soccer’s plans to locate and nurture talent which otherwise might go undiscovered by today’s ecosystem of pay-to-play clubs and youth soccer associations….