Devil’s Advocacy and Dialectic

From a 2013 New York Magazine interview with the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia: [Scalia:] I am something of a contrarian, I suppose. I feel less comfortable when everybody agrees with me. I say, “I better reexamine my position!” I probably believe that the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous. Because there’s nobody […]

Power From the People

For my friend J.K., whose rejection of the glib assumption that the Torah’s value system neatly aligns with a particular contemporary political position and serious, honest cogitation on these issues are as refreshing as they are rare. I recently published an article and recorded a couple of lectures on halachic perspectives toward democracy; topics discussed […]

On Governance

I occasionally contribute to a weekly electronic Hoshen Mishpat journal published by friends of mine. Here is a recent article of mine; I have edited the formatting, but the syntax, style and orthography still reflect the original venue of publication. Introduction Two of the fiercest and highest profile domestic policy controversies of the past couple […]