Now that the Summer of 2018 is upon us, here’s what we are reading (and watching) this week:
1. “Finding law” by Stephen A. Sachs. This 60-page essay addresses a fascinating theoretical question in legal theory: Do judges make law or find law when they decide cases?
2. “Surprising originalism” by Lawrence B. Solum. This law review article, based on Professor Solum’s “2018 Regula Lecture” at the University of Akron, identifies (or should we say, purports to identify) several ways in which “public meaning originalism” (a conservative theory of constitutional interpretation) is surprising.
3. “Blockchain and the law” by
4. “Smoky the cowhorse” (pictured below) by Will James. We added this tome to our reading list as soon as we discovered (thanks to Tyler Cowen, who blogs compulsively at Marginal Revolution) that this children’s book was the most influential book that the self-described “errant economist” Thomas Schelling had ever read. (Full disclosure: Tom Schelling is one of our intellectual heroes.)
5. Mr Rogers’ 2002 commencement speech at Dartmouth (see our previous post). Now that we have seen the documentary “Won’t you be my neighbor?” about Mr Rogers’ life and TV career, we are more fascinated than ever by the spirit and legacy of Fred Rogers. We might even try to watch an entire episode or two of his classic TV show, Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood. (Many of these episodes are now available on YouTube.)