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Future of Federalism Conference at AEI:

This Friday, September 12, I will be speaking at a conference on "The Future of Federalism" that I helped organize at the American Enterprise Institute. Co-Conspirators Randy Barnett and Jonathan Adler will also be speaking, along with an ideologically diverse group of prominent federalism scholars, including Jesse Choper, Rick Hills, and Malcolm Feeley.

If you are in the DC area and have any interest in federalism-related legal and policy issues, I hope to see you there.

Cornellian (mail):
I think a better title might be "Federalism: Has it existed in the United States since Wickard v. Filburn?"
9.9.2008 12:41am
J. Aldridge:
Should the courts take a more active role in limiting federal power, or should they instead leave the federal-state balance to the political process?

Ridiculous question since the courts are now very political creatures themselves. Have to agree with Paul Madison when he says there can be no state-federal balance without checks and balances on what was supposed to be the weakest branch of government. He also argues checks and balances got thrown with the adoption of the 17th amendment leading to even more political influence.
9.9.2008 1:23am
Cornellian (mail):
Should the courts take a more active role in limiting federal power, or should they instead leave the federal-state balance to the political process?

The problem is that leaving it to the political process, now that the Senate is elected, essentially means that limits on the federal government are whatever limits the federal government chooses to impose on itself and the states are completely powerless against federal encroachment.
9.9.2008 2:20am
Bill McGonigle (www):
Good topic. Are they going to put videos on the Internet? Or CSPAN maybe?

I agree, Federalism without States representation is bunk.
9.9.2008 11:46pm