Politics & Rights, Reviews
Review: The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, by Steven M. Teles
Larry Salzman May 20, 2008
Larry Salzman reviews The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law, by Steven M. Teles.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Reviews
Egoism Explained: A Review of Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics
Diana Hsieh February 20, 2007
Reviews Tara Smith’s latest book, Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist, and finds it to be a welcome addition to the existing literature on the Objectivist ethics—and a sizable challenge for critics of egoism.
Economics, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Property and Principle: A Review Essay on Bernard H. Siegan’s Economic Liberties and the Constitution
Larry Salzman November 20, 2006
Analyzes Bernard H. Siegan’s Economic Liberties and the Constitution, showing the first edition of the book (not the second edition) to be a valuable source for those seeking to understand how legal protections for property rights in America were gradually lost. Salzman also shows that, although Economic Liberties has certain virtues and is one of the best scholarly books on the subject, it fails to provide a proper philosophical grounding of property rights, and thus cannot stand on its own in defense thereof.
Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens
TOS Admin September 28, 2006
A new book, Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens (London: Duckworth, 2006) deals with the poetry of perhaps the earliest political thinker in history, Solon of Athens. Selected as Chief Official in Athens in 594 BC, he is often credited with laying the groundwork for the political constitution…