Weekly Reading – February 13, 2015

This week’s installment, which only includes links about 50 Shades of Grey.

  • Conor Dugan, “Vaccine Refusers, and Sympathizers, Need to Remember Government’s Role,” Bridge – My friend Conor has thoughtfully weighed-in on the vaccine debate, only this time steering the conversation away from the health issues involved and toward the coordinating role of the government in public-health matters.
  • David Singh Grewal, “The Laws of Capitalism,” Harvard Law Review – When it comes to producing overly long reflections on overly long books, the legal-academic profession will not be undone. Despite its size, however, Grewal’s extensive review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is worth investing some time in if you are at all interested in the relationship between capitalism and the contemporary legal system. While I don’t subscribe to everything Grewal says, I hope his words will inspire other legal scholars to think through our national and global economic order with an eye toward the law’s role in reforming it.
  • Samuel Moyn, “Thomas Piketty and the Future of Legal Scholarship,” Harvard Law Review Forum – Now that you have finished Grewal’s review, you can enjoy a sample of the debate Piketty is starting to inspire in the legal field.
  • Eric Posner, “Universities are Right–and within their Rights–to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior,” Slate – I think the subtitle says it all: “Students today are more like children than adults and need protection.”