Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Powers

Presidential impeachments are rare in American constitutional history: in the 230 years since ratification, only three presidents have faced serious attempts to remove them from office. A new paper from Cato scholar Gene Healy examines the myths surrounding impeachment, such as it’s restricted to purely criminal abuses. But the remedy James Madison described as “indispensable…for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the Chief Magistrate” isn’t limited to violations of the law or abuses of official power. The power to impeach, writes Healy, “should never be invoked lightly, but neither should Americans fear to wield it, should it become necessary.”

Losing Count: The Empty Case for “High-Capacity” Magazine Restrictions

Since the early 1990s, several states have passed restrictions on firearm magazines as a purported public safety measure. To date, the Supreme Court has repeatedly refused to hear cases surrounding these “high-capacity” magazine bans. This has led to a fractured and unpredictable state of the law. In a new bulletin, Cato scholar Matthew Larosiere argues that these laws, as well as the “assault weapon” bans they tend to come packaged with, are abridgments of the natural right to self-defense. Moreover, says Larosiere, they fail to provide sufficient benefit to justify their inherent costs.

New Cato Journal Looks at European Constitutionalism and Restoring the Rule of Law in Financial Regulation

An American constitutionalist looking east today, seeing everything from Brexit to Grexit plus the reactions in European capitals, must be struck by the tension in the EU between exclusion and inclusion in its many forms, including individualism and collectivism. In the new issue of Cato Journal, Cato scholar Roger Pilon discusses how American constitutional theory and history, owing to the longevity of the document that is their subject, hold lessons for constitutionalism everywhere, but especially for European constitutionalism.

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Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Ten years after the Supreme Court’s infamous eminent domain decision, Kelo v. New London, Timothy and Christina Sanderfur’s Cornerstone of Liberty examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005. Through a combination of real-life stories and solid legal analysis, the authors explain how key issues like eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and environmental protection regulations have evolved and how they should be reformed.

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Cato University: College of Law

If we wish to live in a free society, the rule of law must be paramount – equally applicable to those who govern and those who are governed. But—how much law? How is it crafted and enforced? And, what challenges does the American constitutional system of law face at a time of growing political and ideological hostility? Cato University’s College of Law, being held in New Orleans, March 15-17, 2018 will energetically address these topics. Full details and registration now available.