R.I.P. William Letwin

March 11, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I was sorry to hear of the passing of William Letwin, whose book Economic Policy In America: The Evolution of The Sherman Anti-Trust Act is an excellent examination of the origins of antitrust laws and their antecedents. Alberto Mingardi has a look at his work at , but he doesn’t mention another interesting distinction Letwin … ...


Akhil Amar on Lochner

September 13, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I am a great admirer of Akhil Reed Amar’s books The Bill of Rights and America’s Constitution. In fact, all PLF law clerks receive a copy of the latter as part of their assigned reading materials. Amar’s excellence as an expositor of the Constitution lies not just in his familiarity with the source materials of … ...


There’s nothing activist about saying government must play by the rules.


Recently, bloggers and even the Texas Land Commissioner were decrying several Texas Supreme Court Justices for their “extreme activism” in ruling in favor of property owners in Severance v. Patterson. What was the reason for this outrage? Simple: the Court found that if the state wished to declare that Mrs. Severance’s private pr ...