Do "Agency Shop" Rules Violate the First Amendment?
The last couple of weeks have delivered huge news from the U.S. Supreme Court on contentious questions ranging from the definitions of “state,” “marriage,” “legislature,” “jiggery pokery,” and “cruel and unusual punishment,” to the scope of the EPA’s power to regulate emissions from coal plants and the use of a “disparate impact” standard in housing discrimination cases.
But one of the biggest pieces of SCOTUS news emerging from the term’s final hours was the court’s decision to take a case out of California that could severely curtail the political power of America’s teachers unions.
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association seeks to overturn the court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which upheld public-…[more]
Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliché of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about -- whether fatherless children, crime or whatever -- is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended.
Another cliché that has come into vogue is that slavery is "America's original sin." The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good…
"Humility has never come easy to the Eurocrats in Brussels. After all, no matter how many mistakes they've made, they seem to stay in office and simply pay for their errors with the money of Europe's taxpayers. But in the middle of the Greek crisis, they should realize that this is no time to continue headlong over a cliff. Most analysts agree that Greece's exiting from the euro today wouldn't…[more]
—John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Correspondent
— John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Correspondent