Essay August 23, 2013 Friday Roundup, August 23rd Richard M. Reinsch II Reading Bernard Bailyn in this week’s feature review essay: Seeing Colonial North America through a Glass, Darkly. Congratulations to Econ Log for being ranked 12th in the most influential economic blogs rankings. Randy Barnett: Can lawyers ascertain the original meaning of the Constitution? Adam Freedman writes on federalism’s virtues that even progressives are discovering to be lovely. Speaking of federalism, if you are in Indy on September 17th, then come to this symposium “Liberty, Federalism, and the American Constitution,” sponsored by Liberty Fund and the Sagamore Institute. Federalism maestro Michael Greve is a featured speaker. Paul Caron has a roundup of posts on disciplining law school personnel for deceitful marketing. The New York Times has coverage of Document No. 9, “that bears the unmistakable imprimatur of Xi Jinping, China’s new top leader.” The document lists 7 subversive western elements in Chinese society: “Western constitutional democracy,” “universal values,” of human rights, independent media, civic participation in government, “neo-liberalism,” and “nihilist” criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party. Paul Rahe wonders if the the Chinese party elite chose despotism after reading Tocqueville?