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The Judicial Divide Between Conservatives and Liberals

EPPC President Ed Whelan was interviewed by The Politic, an undergraduate journal at Yale, about right vs. left on the Supreme Court and more.

Publius the Institutionalist

Rather than ideology, our political culture at this point is almost entirely the function of a kind of breakdown of our social psychology, unleashed and unmoored from institutional constraints. Revisiting the Federalist Papers can help us to see our modern dilemmas more clearly.

The Corruption of Congress

Paul Manafort is the poster child for Washington corruption of the old-fashioned variety — the influence-selling and pocket-lining kind. But there is another kind of corruption that is more disturbing for the health of our republic — the retreat from governing in favor of posturing.

Congress Is Weak Because Its Members Want It to Be Weak

Presidential hyperactivity in recent decades has masked a rising tide of dysfunction—giving us policy action to observe and debate while obscuring the disorder that was overtaking our core constitutional infrastructure. It kept us from facing what should be an unavoidable fact: Congress is broken.

Here the People Rule

Despite its aggressive march forward, populism’s nature and place within American politics has been opaque. Is our current “populist surge” damaging to the American republic or a healthy assertion of sovereignty? Why has the populist response occurred precisely at this moment? What are the factors that have led to it? Will the populist moment continue? Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism, edited by Roger Kimball, examines these questions.

Yes, Trump Is Weak. So Is Congress.

President Trump’s weakness has shed light on Congress’s weakness, and should force legislators to face some tough questions about the state of their own institution.

Trump’s Stellar Judges

Donald Trump deserves thunderous acclaim from conservatives for his outstanding record of judicial appointments during his first year as president. But his conspicuous successes should not obscure the many obstacles on the long path to genuine transformation of the federal judiciary.

Fencing with Bigots

Imagine a dialogue between a nominee to a federal appeals court and members of the Committee on the Judiciary of what once imagined itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Some Constitution Day Reading

It seems only fitting to spend Constitution Day reading the document and reading about its meaning and sources, its framers’ hopes and intentions, its history, and its (far from ideal, alas) current condition.

Reagan Had a More Nuanced View of Constitution than Many Fellow Conservatives

As we celebrate this Sunday’s 230th anniversary of the Constitution’s signing, self-described constitutional conservatives might want to know what their political idol thought about our founding document.