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Celebrate Liberty Month - Debate, Discuss and Decide

The Federalist Society and The Washington Times celebrate Liberty Month with a collection of essays every day covering principles to preserve freedom, the separation of governmental powers and the Constitution.

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The Courts as Guardians of Liberty

Our nation was founded on the fundamental democratic principle, proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, that the only legitimate form of government is one that derives its "just powers from the consent of the governed."

The Supreme Court should leave well enough alone

The Supreme Court recently decided to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that asks the Court to overrule its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

ICANN needs to return to its Root(s)

In a little-noticed corner at the intersection of technology and policy, big changes are underway that could have a profound impact on the Internet as we know it.

Can Congress save the internet?

As the list of candidates entering the 2016 presidential ring continues to grow, so does the "to do" list of policy priorities for pro-growth conservatives.

Law and innovation

In this age of accelerating technology, there is no more important policy than to encourage innovation. Innovation is the primary source of economic growth.

The 5 W's regarding the need for H.R. 9 and patent reform

As Congress appears to be rushing towards a massive "patent reform" bill, inventors, entrepreneurs and defenders of Intellectual Property are becoming increasingly concerned about the direction of the debate.

The government needs prayers

At 10:00 a.m. on every day when the Supreme Court is in session, the Justices proceed to their chairs while the Court's Marshal proclaims:

William P. Marshall

Religion and the public square

Religion and politics are not a good mix. As history repeatedly teaches us, combining the two spheres harms religion and endangers politics.

Campaign finance reform can't punish free speech

Although the First Amendment unequivocally states that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech" it has long been understood that compelling interests sometimes allow the government to restrict speech.

It's Buckley, not Citizens United, that created massive spending

Among those who decry the levels of money being spent on elections, the villain is almost always Citizens United, which unleashed corporations and permitted them to make unlimited independent expenditures in support of or in opposition to candidates for elected office.

The Roberts Court and the First Amendment

In its first decade, the Roberts Court has been very protective of freedom of speech, except when the institutional interests of the government are at stake.

A duty to fight for federalism

What has your state attorney general done for you recently? If he or she isn't keeping an eye on whether the federal government is overstepping its bounds, you may want to start paying closer attention to what your AG is doing.

Mark A. Behrens

Regulation by litigation

In 1998, coordinated Medicaid recoupment litigation against the tobacco industry by over forty state attorneys general, working with private contingency fee law firms, resulted in a landmark $246 billion Master Settlement Agreement with marketing restrictions on tobacco products.

Defining a legitimate scope for the federalization of business crime

Having repeatedly criticized the "over-criminalization" of otherwise legitimate business activity at the hands of Congress and national-level enforcement agencies, I may seem an unlikely choice for defending an important role for the federal government in addressing crime.

Federalism and criminal law

Police power is necessarily political, but should not be partisan. "Police" and "politics" derive from the Greek word "polis," a body of citizens constituting a city-state.

Thomas W. Merrill

Federalism and the fracking revolution

The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution caused by a new technology for extracting oil and gas from shale deposits called "fracking."

Richard H. Pildes

National Elections: Who Makes the Rules?

Who has the power to set the ground-rules for national elections, such as how congressional districts are designed each decade, whether you have to provide documentation proving your citizenship before registering to vote?

Elizabeth B. Wydra, Chief Counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC).  November 11, 2010.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Federalism: striking the balance

Our Constitution was drafted in 1787 "in Order to form a more perfect Union" -- both more perfect than the British tyranny and more perfect than the flawed Articles of Confederation.

ISIL, war powers, and the Constitution

On July 11, 2014, Representative Jim McGovern rose on the House floor in support of a resolution to prohibit President Obama from going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant absent specific authorization from Congress.

Immigration and the separation of powers

On July 4, many Americans turn their thoughts to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, looking for wisdom to guide today's great political controversies.

The separation of powers, stare decisis, and the Constitution

Because the U.S. Constitution is dedicated to liberty through limited government, power is divided between the federal and state governments and separated among the three branches of the federal government—the purpose in both cases being to pit power against power in order to check it.

Separation of powers: A primer

Constitutional concepts like free speech or the right to bear arms are ingrained in our popular culture, but just 36% of Americans can name all three branches of the federal government.1

America is exceptional--for now

American exceptionalism -- and America is exception -- is a result of the Scottish Enlightenment, the waves of immigration that built the colonies, and, most importantly, the Constitution.

America's great charter

Eight hundred years and a few weeks ago, a group of rebellious barons forced King John of England to agree to a "Great Charter" limiting his royal power.

American exceptionalism

Ours is the only nation on earth to define itself and the rights of its citizens based not on blood or land, but rather on adherence to a document: the Constitution.