May 21, 2012
- In case you missed it, the current Liberty Forum debate considers the constitutional status of Congress relative to the executive branch and the administrative state that it administers. One question prominently discussed in the debate is if Congress has been reduced to a mere oversight body over the omnipresent sphere of federal bureaucrats and agencies and can no longer be considered a deliberative branch of government? Contributions from John Samples, John Marini, and Herman Belz illuminate this question through the writings of James Burnham’s canonical work Congress and the American Tradition.
- At Econlog Arnold Kling blogs on Edward Conard’s Unintended Consequences.
- For Memorial Day weekend, Tom Manion looks at the spirit of our volunteer armed forces.
- Isaac Gorodetski at Point of Law wonders what to do when the Justice Department is sitting in the next cubicle.
- Overlawyered reports on an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruling that a restaurant can’t fire workers over false posters claiming its food is unsafe. Note the subplot of a failed union certification attempt at the company’s Minneapolis locations preceding the employee’s actions.
- Powerline reports on Professor Michael McConnell’s recent lecture on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the constitutional authority it provides to the Catholic suits filed this week against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.
- The Postmodern Conservative blog offers in “American Heresies” its thoughts on New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s new book Bad Religion.
- University Bookman considers the thought of the living legend Peter Berger and takes a trip down Liberty Fund lane with John Randolph of Roanoke.
- Defending the free market with the mighty Rev. Robert Sirico.