King Lear and the Culture Wars:
Over at his new blog, Less Than the Least, Bill Stuntz offers up an interesting post on the influence of law and culture on lawbreaking. From the introduction:
The two sides in America's long-running culture war disagree about much, but agree about something very important: both sides believe law shapes cultures, not the other way around. Sometimes, it seems to work that way. The civil rights legislation of the 1960s reinforced and accelerated a dramatic change in white culture. Race discrimination, once routine, came to be seen as the awful thing it is.
But surprisingly often, it works the other way around.