Posner Derangement Redux

by Ed Whelan

In an act of journalistic malpractice, the New Republic has used the occasion of Justice Scalia’s interview with New York magazine to republish Judge Richard A. Posner’s hilariously incompetent and wildly irresponsible screed from over a year ago that purported to critique Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, the treatise co-authored by Scalia and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner.

A collection of my extensive—and, as I am confident the attentive reader will find, eviscerating—responses to Posner is available here. I will not attempt to summarize them here, but I challenge any Posner defenders (if there are any) to identify any errors in my account.