Ideas & Opinions


The Government’s Civil Rights Bullies

by Richard Epstein

Defining Ideas

Earlier this month, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued its report Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties. The report, which was occasioned in part by the same-sex marriage debate, tries to determine the correct relationship between antidiscrimination laws and the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion. Currently, persons of […]

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Clinton’s Tax Conceit

by Richard Epstein

Defining Ideas

Hillary Clinton has revealed further details of her plan for the fiscal future of the United States. Her vision addresses both sides of the equation: how and from whom taxes should be raised; and how and for whom they should be spent. Her plan is squarely within the progressive tradition. She insists that “The middle […]

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The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property: A Natural Rights Perspective

by Richard Epstein

Federalist Society Review

One of the major unmarked developments in the past century of American law has been the decline of natural law thinking. Read any older treatment of, for example, property rights, marriage, or contract, and the unquestioned approach looks to natural law principles to set out the basic parameters of these social arrangements. Individuals by nature […]

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The Classical Liberal Constitution, by Richard Epstein
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Introduction: Symposium on Robust Political Economy, by Nick Cowen (Critical Review Vol. 28 , Iss. 3-4, 2016)

A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding, by Seth C. Oranburg (100 Minnesota L. Rev., 147 (2016))

Compounding Errors: Why Heightened Regulation and Taxation Are Bad Antidotes for Recessions and Income Inequality, by Richard A. Epstein (17 Theoretical Inquiries L. 711 (2016))

Innovation and Inequality: The Separability Thesis, by Richard A. Epstein (39 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2016))

Linguistic Relativism and the Decline of the Rule of Law, by Richard A. Epstein (39 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 583 (2016))

Property Rights and Governance Strategies: How Best to Deal with Land, Water, Intellectual Property, and Spectrum, by Richard A. Epstein (14 Colo. Tech. L.J. 181 (2016))

Returning to Common-Law Principles of Insider Trading After United States v. Newman. by Richard A. Epstein (125Yale L.J. 1482 (2016))

The Mutual Dependency of Force and Law in American Foreign Policy, by Richard A. Epstein and Mario Loyola (83 U. Chi. L. Rev. 89 (2016))

The Role of Guidances in Modern Administrative Procedure: The Case for de Novo Review, by Richard A. Epstein (8J. Legal Analysis 47 (2016))

The Two Sides of Magna Carta: How Good Government Sometimes Wins Out over Public Choice, by Richard A. Epstein (47 Int’l Rev. L. & Econ. (Supp.) 10 (2016))


Innovation and Inequality: The Separability Thesis, by Richard A. Epstein (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2015, Vo. 39)

Kelo, Ten Years On, by Richard A. Epstein (Hoover Digest, 2015, No. 4, Fall)

Bernie Sanders’ Sneakersby Richard A. Epstein (Hoover Digest, 2015, No. 4, Fall)

Towards a More Evolutionary Theory of Property Rights, by Lee Alston & Bernardo Mueller (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2255 (2015))

The Numerus Clausus Principle, Property Customs, and the Emergence of New Property Forms, by Yun-chien Chang & Henry E. Smith (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2275 (2015))

Invited Takings: Supermajority, Assembly Surplus, and Local Public Financing, by Ruoying Chen (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2309 (2015))

How Spontaneous? How Regulated?: The Evolution of Property Rights Systems, by Richard A. Epstein (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2341 (2015))

Slicing Spontaneity, by Lee Anne Fennell (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2365 (2015))

Conflicts of Entitlements in Property Law: The Complexity and Monotonicity of Rules, by Georg von Wangenheim & Fernando Gomez (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2389 (2015))

Pre-Modern Credit Networks and the Limits of Reputation, by Emily Kadens (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2429 (2015))

Endogenous First-Possession Property Rights in Open-Access Resources, by Bryan Leonard & Gary D. Libecap (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2457 (2015))

The Evolution of Relational Property Rights: A Case of Chinese Rural Land Reform, by Shitong Qiao & Frank Upham (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2479 (2015))

Contracting for Control of Landscape-Level Resources, by Karen Brandshaw Schulz & Dean Lueck (100 Iowa L. Rev. 2507 (2015))

Richard Epstein, An Unapologetic Defense of the Classical Liberal Constitution, 128 Harv. L. Rev. Forum 145 (2015).

Richard Epstein, Entick v. Carrington and Boyd v. United States: Keeping the Fourth and Fifth Amendments on Track, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. 27 (2015).

Richard Epstein, The Political Economy of Crowdsourcing: Markets for Labor, Rewards, and Securities, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. Dialogue 35 (2015).


Richard Epstein, Redistribution Within Collective Organizations: What Corporations, Condominiums and Unions Tell Us about the Proper Use of Government Power, 8 N.Y.U. J. Law & Liberty 279 (2014).

Richard Epstein, Public Accommodations Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Why Freedom of Association Counts as a Human Right, 66 Stan. L. Rev. 1241 (2014).

Richard Epstein, The Common Law Foundations of the Takings Clause: The Disconnect Between Public and Private Law, 30 Touro L. Rev. 265 (2014).

Richard Epstein, Modern Environmentalists Overreach: A Plea for Understanding Background Common Law Principles, 37 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol. 23 (2014).

Richard Epstein, The Use and Limits of Self-Valuation Systems, 81 U. Chi. L. Rev. 109 (2014).

Richard Epstein, Beyond Textualism: Why Originalist Theory Must Apply General Principles of Interpretation to Constitutional Law, 37 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol. 705 (2014).
Rickety Piketty” by Richard Epstein (Hoover Digest, 2014, No. 4, Fall)
Bitter Pills” by Richard Epstein (Hoover Digest, 2014, No. 4, Fall)

James M. Buchanan: Through an Austrian Window” by Mario Rizzo
(Manuscript version; forthcoming in Review of Austrian Economics, Springer Science-Business Media, 2014).
RMBS Put-Back Litigations and the Efficient Allocation of Endogenous Risk Over Time” by Robert T. Miller (Review of Banking and Financial Law, Forthcoming)
Reclaiming Liberty: How States Can Revive the 10th Amendment and Save the Constitution” by Mario Loyola
(Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Perspective)

Questions for Free Market Moralists? Some Answers” by Mario Rizzo
(Think Markets Blog)
Legal Remedies For Patent Infringement: From General Principles To FRAND Obligations For Standard Essential Patents” by Richard Epstein and David Kappos
(Competition Policy International, Antitrust Chronicle, Volume 9, Number 2)


Links of Interest

New York University Journal of Law and Liberty
The Journal of Law & Liberty is the first student-edited law journal dedicated to the critical exploration of classical liberal ideas

Defining Ideas
A Hoover Institution Journal

A blog of the NYU Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
The Mercatus Center is a university-based research center dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and public policy problems

New York University Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes, Spring 2014
The schedule for the Spring 2014 Colloquium on Market Institutions & Economic Processes in the Department of Economics at New York University, sponsored by the Earhart Foundation

The Libertarian Archives: Podcasts
An archive of podcasts from Richard Epstein’s column “The Libertarian”

Conservative conversation and community

Volokh Conspiracy
A Washington Post blog cofounded by Eugene Volokh and Alexander Volokh

Taking Hayek Seriously
A website on the life and work of Friedrich A. Hayek, edited and written by Greg Ransom