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Supreme Court and constitutional law roundup

May 30 roundup

May 23 roundup

  • Worst article of the week? Cheering on tort lawsuits as a way to trip up legalized pot [John Walters and Tom Riley, Weekly Standard]
  • Remember not long ago when they used to tout VA health care as a success story and model to be imposed on other health providers? [James Taranto, recalling Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and many others; more thoughts from Coyote and Roger Pilon]
  • Muscle and intimidation: union + allies surge onto Oak Brook, Ill. McDonald’s headquarters property, closing key management building [Bloomberg; related earlier here, here, here, etc.] Yesterday I got into a Twitter conversation with Tim Noah (defending the protesters’ action) and William Freeland (siding with my own view), culminating in this rather startling comment from a Center for American Progress/ThinkProgress reporter: “This entire convo backs up the point the private property law itself functions as gov’t cronyism for the wealthy.” Wow!
  • Long, impassioned Ta-Nehisi Coates case for reparations [Atlantic, sidebar, Jonathan Blanks, my 2008 thoughts which eventually grew into a chapter in Schools for Misrule]
  • “Insurers Demand $2 Million for Negligent Squirrel-Torching” [Holland Twp., Mich.; Lowering the Bar]
  • R.I.P. left-wing historian Gabriel Kolko, whose project of de-mythologizing the Progressive Era won him a large libertarian fan base; initially contemptuous of that fan base, he came eventually to mellow with age and discern elements of common ground [Jesse Walker]
  • Hard lesson for Congress to learn: “Hawaiians simply aren’t American Indians in the constitutional sense” [Ilya Shapiro, Cato, background]

November 22 roundup

Martin Luther King Day… and preemption?

If you’re looking for the most strained use of Martin Luther King, Jr., as a metaphor, look no further than a non sequitur at Bizarro-Overlawyered, where Kia Franklin calls on King’s memory as an argument against preemption. The historically minded will note the irony of invoking King’s name in a defense of states’ rights to subvert federal principles of uniform treatment. For more on preemption, see Greve and Epstein, POL March 2006, and POL on last week’s cert grants in preemption cases.

We’ll talk about King, too, but relate it to something he actually said: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” See posts Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2006, Heriot @ POL, Jan. 2006, and POL on the Akaka bill. As Chief Justice Roberts noted (and was criticized for noting) in the last term, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

(And update: don’t forget October 2006 on school discipline. Or October 2005 on why the great documentary “Eyes on the Prize” still isn’t available on DVD to the general public.)