All posts tagged: law

Cigarettes & Good Intentions

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Economics / Political Commentary / Society & Culture

My first real job was at a consumer research company, calling people to survey their thoughts on various issues. One such issue was over cigarette taxes, and I recall one particular question about whether expensive cigarettes would reduce smoking or just lead to a “black market.” If it wasn’t the first time I had ever heard that term, it was surely the first time it stuck with me. Typically associated with criminal activity, black markets develop […]

Sonia Sotomayor & Judicial Interpretation

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Political Commentary / Political Philosophy / Uncategorized Ramblings

Good judgement in American civil law is a result of understanding the foundations of that law, and is completely separated from personal opinions, personal experiences and personal feelings. The ability to withhold these things and make objective judgments, allowing the Constitution – and the spirit under which it was written – to be the authority, is what separates a Supreme Court Justice from a political activist.