By Jonathan Bean | Sunday August 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM PDT | Comments Off
In one of the most famous phrases uttered by a Supreme Court justice, Potter Stewart defended his ruling in an obscenity case (1964) by refusing to offer a clear definition. Instead, he stated: “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be [hard-core pornography]; and perhaps I could...
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Tags: Affirmative Action, Blacks, Business, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Classical Liberalism, Culture, Discrimination, Equality, Fraud, Liberty, Mercantilism, Native Americans, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Regulation, Taxation, Urban Issues, Welfare, Whites
By Jonathan Bean | Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM PDT | Comments Off
The Civil Rights Act was not a perfect law—no law is perfect–but it did embody two principles of the long civil rights movement: First, the individual (not the group) is the measure of justice. Secondly, nondiscrimination is mandatory for the government and worth pursuing in our private lives. If policymakers had enforced the Civil Rights Act in good faith, time might have eroded the tendency to view others as members of a group, rather than as individuals.
Tags: Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Employment, History, Inequality
By Randall Holcombe | Monday June 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM PDT | Comments Off
My fellow blogger William Shughart recently gave a good critique of the Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to rescind protection of the Washington Redskins’ name. I agree with him that whether some people view a trademark as offensive should not be a criterion for determining whether it should be protected. If a large number...
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Tags: Censorship, Civil Society, Discrimination, Economics, Free Market, Free Speech, Humor, Law, Morality, Nanny State, Politics, Public Opinion, Racism
By William Shughart | Monday May 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM PDT | Comments Off
I first met Professor Gary Becker (1930-2014) about 15 years ago, when he came to Oxford, Miss., to present a public lecture at the University of Mississippi sponsored by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. My coauthor and then-colleague Bob Tollison and I breakfasted with him early on the morning of Dr. Becker’s visit, after...
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