Thursday, May 21, 2009
Bowden on Judicial Review
With Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick impending, ARI's Tom Bowden does a good job explaining how both the left and the right are wrong about judicial review, and why we need judges who hold a proper conception of individual rights.
On this basic question conservative and liberal judges alike are locked into a crucial error about America’s bedrock constitutional principle: individual rights.One of his example quotes is a real whopper from Judge Scalia.
The error consists in regarding rights as gifts from society that can be revoked at will, through the political process.
Tom Lehrer on YouTube
At some random moment yesterday, I thought it would be fun to listen to a little Tom Lehrer during my upcoming drive to Boston. I'm not sure how that happened, as I already have plans to listen to John Adams and haven't heard Lehrer's music in years.
In any event, I found his humorous songs all over YouTube this morning. Many, including one of my favorites of his, "New Math," (embedded below) are accompanied by extraneous video, including lip-synching.
Along those lines, here's a re-working of "New Math" I'd never heard of, wherein the mathematics professor explains the intricacies of decimal currency to the British, who were decimalizing the Pound Sterling at the time. This is footage of Lehrer himself on The Frost Report.
I believe Amy Mossoff will host this week's Objectivist Roundup today or tomorrow.
In the meantime (or in addition), just go there and start scrolling. It looks like she has a succession of very good posts over there. Topics include: whether children should have cell phones, whether students should use the Internet for research, "tantrums and principles," and several posts featuring pictures of Mexico.
Look quickly ...
... before it disappears! I was pleasantly surprised to see my blog mentioned yesterday on the opinion web page of The Houston Chronicle. From a posted list, it looks like Live Oaks has also been mentioned there before.