How Constitutional Corruption Has Led to Ideological Litmus Tests for Judicial NomineesConstitutional crisis stalls nominees Aug 19, 2002
Judges today set far more national policy than they used to -- and far more than the Constitution contemplatesConstitutional crisis stalls nominees Aug 19, 2002
There's a question of level here. District courts are bound more by precedent than Appellate court judges. The closer we get to the Supreme Court, the more we should conceptualize judges as policy makers. They are political actors constrained by precedent, but they are also making precedent, and it doesn't make sense to talk about judges being outside the realm of the politicalConstitutional crisis stalls nominees Aug 19, 2002
We lived under a regime of law for 150 years, for the most part, before politics trumped law during the constitutional revolution of the New DealConstitutional crisis stalls nominees Aug 19, 2002
When government activists fail to achieve their goals in the political branches, they often go to the courtsConstitutional crisis stalls nominees Aug 19, 2002
Roger Pilon is Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Cato Institute, and an American libertarian legal theorist. In particular, he has developed a libertarian version of the rights theory of his teacher, noted philosopher Alan Gewirth. These views are discussed in discourse ethics.
Roger Pilon has three philosophy degrees: a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a masters and doctorate, both from the University of Chicago. He also earned a law degree at the George Washington University.
Pilon is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His writing has appeared in such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He also frequently appears on television shows and testifies before Congress. In addition, Pilon held five senior posts in the administration of Ronald Reagan.