In this three-part series of posts, I will be blogging my new SSRN working paper, "Designing a Constitutional Right of Secession: Applying Normative Principles and Empirical Findings." The paper defends a right of unilateral secession for any country in which the possibility of secessionist violence is non-negligible, or where central governments are already unwilling to … Continue reading For a Right of Unilateral Secession: Part One
The New York Constitution prohibits pork-barrel spending and corporate welfare: government money for private projects. Here's what the clause says: [T]he money of the state shall not be given or loaned to or in aid of any private corporation or association, or private undertaking. Couldn't be clearer, right? Wrong. The state supreme court today ruled … Continue reading NYS Supreme Court Judicially Amends the State Constitution
By choosing coercion over constitutionalism, the conservatives associated with the monarchy, military hierarchy, and the mostly urbanite "yellow shirts" shot themselves in the foot. They said they wanted political stability, but they got extreme instability.