In My Opinion’s Wake

Burt Likko thinks that Citizens United and McCutcheon were correctly decided. But how can he square that conclusion with his recent Ordinary Court opinion?

Medicare vs. Universal Health Care: An Honest Question for the Right

Over the past two years, our country has raged over the questions surrounding healthcare reform.  The Democrats, for better or worse, have taken the need to address serious healthcare system flaws that threaten the country’s economic footing and reframed it as a duty to make sure that even the poor and underemployed have health insurance.…

Intellectual Property: Abstract vs. Natural Right, Part V: The Conclusioning

I know.  People have been asking themselves for weeks, “So, what were all these posts about, anyway?  What’s your conclusion, Pat?” Well… two people, maybe?  Okay, here’s my distillation of them, for those two people. It seems evident to me that in the traditional language of either natural right or abstract right there’s no fundamental…

Our Unlovable Constitution

A new study by David S. Law and Mila Versteeg concludes that the world’s democracies are no longer emulating the U.S. Constitution, and are instead resorting to other templates that guarantee more “generic building blocks of global rights constitutionalism,” including “women’s rights,” “the right to social security, the right to health care, and the right…

Poverty and Human Rights

Will Wilkinson has a fascinating post on whether some basic level of material well-being should be considered a human right. My gut response is that while we have some  moral obligation to alleviate poverty, this obligation is too conditional (welfare programs are dependent on outside factors like cumulative wealth) to be considered on with par…