In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Hon. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; moderated by Roger Pilon Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.
In 1920, in Missouri v. Holland, the Supreme Court seemed to say, contrary to basic constitutional principles, that a treaty could increase the legislative power of Congress. That issue is now back before the Court in Bond v. United States, a case with deliciously lurid facts involving adultery, revenge, and the Chemical Weapons Convention. Cato has filed an amicus brief in the case, written by Nicholas Rosenkranz, based on his Harvard Law Review article on the subject. Please join us for a discussion of this fundamental constitutional question.