It is Black Friday, and the vacation season is now upon us! If you’re on the lookout for potential presents for the loyal Volokh Conspiracy readers in your life, what may higher than books by VC bloggers?
The latest VC e-book is David Bernstein’s Categorized: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America. It is an indispensable overview of the historical past and evolution of using racial classifications within the fashionable US.
VC-ers additionally printed two different books in 2021 and 2022: Randy Barnett’s The Authentic Which means of the Fourteenth Modification: Its Letter and Spirit (2021) (coauthored with Evan Bernick) and the revised version of my very own Free to Transfer: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom (2022). Barnett and Bernick’s e-book is a significant contribution to our understanding of what many think about the only most essential modification to the Structure. It has already begun to reshape our understanding of the Fourteenth Modification.
Jonathan Adler’s edited quantity Marijuana Federalism was printed in 2020. It has every part you ever wished to know in regards to the relationship between federalism and pot, and contains contributions by main students in a number of completely different disciplines.
Free to Transfer (presently out there for simply $6 on Amazon) makes the case for increasing alternatives for individuals to “vote with their toes” in federal programs, the personal sector, and thru worldwide migration. I describe key benefits of foot voting over standard poll field voting, and clarify how breaking down obstacles to foot voting can massively improve freedom and alternative for thousands and thousands of individuals around the globe. The revised version addresses a number of new points, together with arguments that migration have to be constrained to stop the unfold of harmful illnesses comparable to Covid-19, claims that immigrants may generate a political backlash that threatens democracy, and the impression of distant work on foot voting. As with the unique version, I’m donating 50% of all royalties from the e-book to charities benefiting refugees, who – sadly – are in additional want than ever on this troublesome time in world historical past.
Amongst my different favourite books by VC authors are Randy Barnett’s Restoring the Misplaced Structure, David Bernstein’s Rehabilitating Lochner, Dale Carpenter, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, Jonathan Adler’s Enterprise and the Roberts Courtroom, Josh Blackman’s Unprecedented and Unraveled, Eugene Volokh, Educational Authorized Writing, and Keith Whittington, Repugnant Legal guidelines: Judicial
Randy’s e-book is without doubt one of the greatest current works on originalism and constitutional legitimacy. It’s related to ongoing debates over authorized interpretation which might be positive to warmth up once more because the Supreme Courtroom considers a number of main circumstances within the close to future. Rehabilitating Lochner explodes quite a few myths about one of many Courtroom’s most reviled choices, one that continues to be related to present debates over “judicial activism.” Flagrant Conduct is a good account of a milestone within the historical past of homosexual rights. It supplies helpful historic context for the still-ongoing battles over same-sex marriage and associated points. Repugnant Legal guidelines is the very best survey of how the courts have constrained (and extra typically didn’t constrain) federal energy throughout our historical past. It is truly simply one in every of a number of Keith Whittington books which might be must-reads for any critical scholar of judicial evaluate.
Jonathan Adler’s edited quantity is a superb information to the difficulty of whether or not the Supreme Courtroom favors enterprise pursuits, and the way we would assess claims that it has a pro-business bias. Josh Blackman’s two books present useful blow-by-blow accounts of the intensive litigation generated by the Reasonably priced Care Act. Lastly, Educational Authorized Writing is crammed with helpful recommendation, whereas additionally by some means managing to make this typically unexciting matter attention-grabbing.
The Cambridge Handbook of Classical Liberal Thought (edited by Todd Henderson), contains chapters by three completely different VC bloggers: Jonathan Adler on environmental coverage, David Bernstein on anti-discrimination regulation, and my very own contribution on “voting along with your toes.”
This record just isn’t supposed to slight essential books by Ken Anderson, Sam Bray, Orin Kerr, David Kopel, David Submit, and different VC bloggers. I’ve not mentioned them solely as a result of their topics are distant from my very own areas of experience.
Within the spirit of shameless self-promotion, I can even point out the expanded second version of my very own e-book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Authorities is Smarter. My most up-to-date e-book earlier than Free to Transfer was Eminent Area: A Comparative Perspective, co-edited with Iljoong Kim and Hojun Lee. It analyzes the use and abuse of eminent area in a wide range of international locations around the globe.
My different books embody The Greedy Hand: Kelo v. Metropolis of New London and the Limits of Eminent Area, which is the primary e-book by a authorized scholar about one of many Supreme Courtroom’s most controversial fashionable choices, and A Conspiracy Towards Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Well being Care Case (coauthored with VC-ers Randy Barnett, Jonathan Adler, David Bernstein, Orin Kerr, and David Kopel). Conspiracy Towards Obamacare focuses on the VC’s important position within the Obamacare litigation, and is the one e-book that features contributions by six completely different VC bloggers. In 2016, the College of Chicago Press printed an up to date paperback version of the The Greedy Hand.
I want all our readers a contented vacation season!