Josh Hammer

October 8, 2021

A Common Law Restoration Serves the Common Good

Josh Hammer responds to Holden Tanner's piece on Conservative judging. He explains how even the Constitution itself orients our jurisprudence towards principles of natural justice.
September 14, 2021

Two Cheers For The Heartbeat Act

Contributing editor Josh Hammer discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the new Texas's heartbeat law.
August 20, 2021

The Wrong Way Forward

Contributing Editor Josh Hammer discusses possible paths for litigating the opioid crisis. Those responsible for the opioid crisis should be held responsible, but not via public-nuisance litigation.
August 10, 2021

The Case for the Unconstitutionality of Abortion

Josh Hammer explores the debate amongst conservatives on whether the legality of abortion should be returned to the states, or if it should be outlawed nationwide. He astutely notes that if pro-lifers adopt the latter position, they will stretch the Overton window in their favor.
July 30, 2021

Mississippi Asks SCOTUS to Overturn Roe

Contributing Editor Josh Hammer analyzes Mississippi's pro-life brief in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
July 26, 2021

In Defense of Common Good Originalism

Contributing Editor Josh Hammer defends against criticism of his Common-Good Originalism essay, arguing that ambiguities in the text's meaning require us to give precedence to substantive ideals in interpretation.
July 16, 2021

Contra Historicist Originalism

In his exclusive, inaugural piece, Hammer responds to Professor Stephanie Barclay's recent article about the non-partisan nature of originalism. Hammer claims that Professor Barclay misrepresents the contemporary right-of-center alternatives to originalism and that these emerging strands better represent our Founding philosophy.
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