Notes on “Marbury v.s Madison”

This short essays deals with the famous Supreme court Cases “Marbury v.s Madison”, decided in 1803. The full opinion can be found here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/5/137). There are two spheres in which this opinion operates: the undelivered commission to William Marbury, Dennis Ramsay, Robert Townsend Hooe, and William Harper on one side, and the general debate about judicial review…

Notes on “Federalist N10” by James Madison

In Federalist N10, under the pseudonym of Publius, the roman consul who helped overthrow Roman monarchy and establish a republic, James Madison argues for the federalist position against the anti-federalist camp. In this essay, his argument focuses on the problem of factions found in popular and pure democracies, a “mortal disease” he believes to be…

“The Rise and Fall of American Growth” – A story in Graphs and Tables.

This post is part of a series of articles I’m writing based on the book “The Rise and Fall of American Growth” by Robert J. Gordon. The book tells the compelling story of societal and technological progress over hundred years starting 1870 to 1970. As major discoveries and technologies such as electricity and the combustion engine made…

Notes from “The Rise and Fall of American Growth”

This is an important book, written by Robert Gordon (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26634594-the-rise-and-fall-of-american-growth) Contrast this book with one that is arguing for a more positive outlook on growth due to new technologies: https://jazracherif.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/notes-the-second-machine-age/ Additional notes coming soon Here are some references I found useful while reading the book. 1888 James Bryce – The American Commonwealth – http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/bryce-the-american-commonwealth-vol-1 1919 Edith…

Noah Webster – “On the Absurdity of a Bill of Rights”

This is a short read that lays some of the arguments made against the Bill of Rights on the eve of the ratification of the Constitution. See below a short Summary. “On the Absurdity of a Bill of Rights” published on the Library of America website. http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/…/on-absurdity-of-bill-of-rig… Webster argues that the Bill of Rights, if considered as…

Review: The Irony of Free Speech by Owen M. Fiss

A short read on the important topic of free speech. This little book written in 1996 argues in favor of state regulation of hate speech, pornography, and campaign money, kinds of speech that have been protected by the constitution under the 1st amendment (Buckley v. Valeo resisting mandatory limitations on political expenditures, R.A.V v. St….

New Wave of Populism in Europe (2014 Elections)

Find below extracts from the following 2015 article “Populism in Europe: a primer” https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/cas-mudde/populism-in-europe-primer (emphasis mine) What is Populism? “Populism is an ideology that considers society to be ultimately separated into two homogeneous and antagonistic groups, ‘the pure people’ and ‘the corrupt elite’, and which argues that politics should be an expression of the volonté general (general will) of…

Federalist 10 : An Analysis

In Federalist N10, under the pseudonym of Publius, the roman consul who helped overthrow the roman monarchy and establish a republic, James Madison argues for the federalist position against the anti-federalist camp. In this essay, his argument focuses on the problem of factions found in popular and pure democracies, a “mortal disease” he believes to…

On Liberty – Chapter 5 Summary – Applications

In Chapter 5 of Liberty, Mill discusses his principle of liberty in the context of some applications. These applications are not consequence of the principle itself but rather used to illustrate what the principle would entail. “I offer not so much applications, as specimens of applications; which may serve to bring into greater clearness the…

My Speech on the New California Constitution

Here is the speech on the new California Constitution I gave at the Dicken’s Fair as part of the Lecture Hour. This is based on an actual newspaper essay published by JSM in the Daily News on January 2nd, 1850. Original text here: http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/259#lf0223-25_label_204 Dear Friends, The last mail from California, dated november 1849, has brought intelligence possessing…

My Speech on Liberty

Here is the speech on Liberty I gave at the Dicken’s Fair as part of the Lecture Hour. Friends, I was in Rome a few months ago, the whole place is a historical museum with some theatrical representation of history still going on. I have been to St Peter’s, the apparent smallness of which from…