Cutting through the morass of legal arguments for and against the Trump administration’s executive order (EO) instating a so-called travel ban, is no easy task. The circuit court’s temporary restraining order (TRO), and the appeals court’s argument upholding the restraining order, make much of the harm being caused to various parties – aliens, residents, communities…Continue Reading “The Executive Order and the Natural Law”

(originally posted on the Calvinist International, January 16, 2015) The terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo bring into sharp relief a major contradiction in the intellectual framework of modern democracy. In fact, it highlights a fault line. Freedom of speech is one of the supposedly unshakeable pillars of liberal social order. But the way…Continue Reading “Yes, Virginia, There Is Freedom of Speech”

I haven’t been posting much lately, and there’s a reason. I’ve been busy writing a new book. And it’s ready for the reading public. The title is Common Law & Natural Rights: The Question of Conservative Foundations, and it is an examination of natural rights as the foundation for conservatism, as opposed to the common…Continue Reading “New Book: Common Law & Natural Rights”

As some of you are aware of, I am working on (in fact, nearing completion of: word count is now approaching 100,000) the constitutional law volume of Stahl’s Philosophy of Law. Just this morning I translated a section which, at first glance, seems “over the top” in terms of its utter rejection of the concept…Continue Reading “Popular Sovereignty as Pitfall”

One of the writers I regularly pay attention to in matters of economics is Jerry Bowyer, chief economist of Benchmark Financial Network, regular contributor to National Review Online, CNBC, and regular guest on that network’s Kudlow and Company. Jerry usually has interesting things to say. Lately he has been emphasizing the importance of the mineral…Continue Reading “Bowyer, the Common Law, and Monarchy”