In this week’s episode, Jay and Luke take a look at the Fourth Amendment. Often hailed today as a privacy amendment — or as the reason tech companies can share your personal data — the Fourth Amendment was originally written to protect republican citizenship, up to and including the activities of a revolutionary citizenry. From Edward Coke domesticating and democratizing aristocratic privileges with the castle doctrine to John Wilkes stirring things up on the eve of the American Revolution, England provided an intellectual framework in the common law that the Framers stripped of its original justifications to suit their own purposes. Responding especially to the pre-Revolutionary experience of arbitrary and often corrupt royal officials exploiting general warrants, Madison came to the Fourth Amendment to secure the institutional protections offered up in the earlier amendments with procedural standards. Those standards, in turn, could be adjudicated by the juries outlined in the subsequent amendments. In this sense, the Fourth Amendment is the hinge of the Bill of Rights.
The U.S economy is aching for many more highly skilled, technically trained people. But what if men end up limiting their eventual marriage prospects if they pursue careers in the trades or other jobs that don’t require a four-year degree? Some proportion of women who have bachelor's and post-baccalaureate ... Read More
This weekend, Americans traveled from across the country to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life and the Women’s March by walking with their poster art. While the pro-life marchers’ art focused on women and unborn life, the posters of Women’s March attendees, including small children, ... Read More
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In a statement on the Senate floor yesterday, Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) doubled down on her attacks against the Catholic group the Knights of Columbus and accused her colleague Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) of “embrac[ing] the alt-right position” by offering a resolution rebuking the use of unconstitutional ... Read More
B uzzFeed published an explosive allegation that the president of the United States ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Specifically, in a news story sourced to two anonymous law-enforcement officials said to ... Read More
Leon Trotsky — n.b., Millennials: He was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she was — understood the power of single-payer systems: “The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced with a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.” The socialist powers of Trotsky’s time made good on ... Read More