This year saw the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, rampant inflation, and one of the most significant Supreme Court terms in generations. And longstanding conceptual debates among conservatives and classical liberals over economic policy, nationalism, religion, media, and the proper role of the state intensified. As always, Law & Liberty sought to be a forum for serious reflection, insight, and debate on these and other issues related to a free and responsible society. Here are some essays, reviews, and podcasts that showcase some of the best of 2022:
Mark Hemingway, News for the Elite
After abandoning its working-class roots, the news business is in a death spiral as ordinary Americans reject it in growing numbers.
James M. Patterson, NatConfusionism
The makeup of the National Conservative alliance is shifting. And it’s starting to look more like the old fusionism.
Theodore Dalrymple, The Queen’s Virtues and Ours
It is for their own lost virtues, exemplified by the Queen, that the people mourn.
Daniel Klein and Daniel J. Mahoney, The Baby and the Bathwater
Neither religious conservatism nor liberalism should be discarded.
Law & Liberty Contributors, A Return to Classical Law?
A symposium on Adrian Vermeule’s Common Good Constitutionalism featuring John O. McGinnis, Jesse Merriam, James M. Patterson, James R. Rogers, and Paul Seaton.
Mark Pulliam, How William F. Buckley Learned that Evil Was Real
Even the most sagacious among us can be snookered by manipulative con men
James Bruce, The Godless Bible
Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible is hauntingly beautiful at points, but it is ultimately a Bible without God.
Elizabeth Kaufer-Busch, A Tale of Two Statutes
Will Title IX’s next fifty years be the best of times or the worst of times for women’s equality?
Helen Dale, World War II’s Unfinished Business
Putin is using a terrible history in a disingenuous way to feed his obsession with “Ukrainian Nazis.
Law & Liberty Contributors’ Dobbs Coverage
After the most consequential and controversial Supreme Court ruling in a generation, our contributor’s considered Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health from every angle: