Tag Archives: Natural law

SCOTUS misreading history

While I am talking about the recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, United States v. Windsor, I am not going to presume to tell the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) how to do US constitutional law. History is another matter. In the majority decision, written by Kennedy J, the following (pdf) appears: It […]

‘Throw the Jew down the Well’

You know, sometimes that awful joke in Borat was true. Which means, ahem, that it isn’t funny any more. The remains of 17 bodies found at the bottom of a medieval well in England could have been victims of persecution, new evidence has suggested. The most likely explanation is that those down the well were […]

Mel’s question

During the course of what is now a lengthy thread on the future and role of the humanities in higher education, Mel asked me a very thought-provoking question. It runs as follows: SL, do you have any thoughts on the theories and theoreticians popular in the humanities that derive in whole or in part from […]