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"Lo and behold, the great philosopher’s number was listed right there, next to those of mere mortals. But who should be the one to call Rawls?"

"No one volunteered for this daunting task. So Anjan nominated me. 'You should talk to him,' he said, 'because you guys have a lot in common.' The idea that a world-famous political philosopher would have anything in common with an obscure high school sophomore struck me as ridiculous. Still, a part of me was flattered by Anjan’s suggestion that I should be the one to call Rawls. So I let him persuade me. With trembling fingers, I dialed Rawls’ number, half-hoping that he wouldn’t be home. It tu...
Tags: Law, Gambling, Time, New Orleans, Philosophy, Jack, Conversations, Rawls, John Rawls, Ilya Somin, Association of American Law Schools, Sunstein, Ann Althouse, Anjan, Solum, Larry Solum

Dorf v. Sunstein (and others) on SCOTUS's striking down of the NY public health regulations affecting houses of worship

Professor Dorf is on a roll! [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Dorf, Brian Leiter, Sunstein

If Democrats win, they need to enact a transformative agenda, fully prosecute Trump — and ignore any hand wringing from pundits

US President Donald Trump looks on as he departs a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio on September 21, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Democratic pundits and thought leaders are pushing to curtail a liberal agenda as the party looks set to win big in next week's election. Essays calling for letting Trump go quietly and avoid prosecution and for Democrats to listen to conservatives on domestic policy are popping up at major media outlets now that Biden has a sizable lea...
Tags: Facebook, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, New York Times, Samantha Power, Biden, Donald Trump

Despite hand wringing from pundits, if Democrats win they should enact a truly transformative agenda and fully prosecute Trump

US President Donald Trump looks on as he departs a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio on September 21, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Democratic pundits and thought leaders are pushing to curtail a liberal agenda as the party looks set to win big in next week's election. Essays calling for letting Trump go quietly and avoid prosecution and for Democrats to listen to conservatives on domestic policy are popping up at major media outlets now that Biden has a sizable lea...
Tags: Facebook, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, New York Times, Samantha Power, Biden, Donald Trump

"Knowing the date of their death appealed to a little over a quarter of those surveyed, knowing whether their partners were cheating appealed to over half..."

"... knowing if there is life on other planets appealed to nearly three-quarters. There was also great variation in reported willingness to pay for that information, with median bids ranging from $1 for credit card late-fee disclosure to $200 to know if heaven exists."From "Accused of Ruining Popcorn, Cass Sunstein Wants to Repent," a NYT book review, by Clay Shirky, of Sunstein's new book, "TOO MUCH INFORMATION/Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know.""Among government reformers and progressi...
Tags: Books, Death, Law, Adultery, Heaven, Cass Sunstein, Clay Shirky, Sunstein, Ann Althouse

A Conservative on Credit Cards

Yesterday Professor Charles Fried, the elegant, eridite former Solicitor General of the US and former Supreme Court Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, sparred with eminent philosopher and law professor Cass Sunstein and Harvard economist Ed Glasser in a faculty forum over “the Nanny State.” The discussion was lively and engaging, but Fried’s remark on credit cards stopped me in my tracks. Fried was aggressive in his defense of unregulated consumer choice. He poo-poo’d the idea of regulating mu...
Tags: Credit Cards, News, US, Harvard, Cafe, Charles Fried, Cass Sunstein, Sunstein, Jackie Wilhelm, Elizabeth Warren archive, Warren Reports, Supreme Court Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, Ed Glasser

How Conformity Can Be Good and Bad for Society

In the U.S. Federal court system, many important cases go through three-judge panels. The majority opinion of these panels carries the day, meaning that having a majority is crucial for one side or another to get the rulings they want. So, if two out of three of the judges are appointed by Democrats, it’s safe to assume that most cases will go their way. But a study of the judicial behavior of the District of Columbia Circuit came to a surprising conclusion: A panel of three GOP-appointed judge...
Tags: Parenting, California, Senate, Barack Obama, Gop, House, Jane Austen, Donald Trump, Watts, Cass Sunstein, Stanley Milgram, Milgram, Sunstein, Duncan Watts, District of Columbia Circuit

Harvard's Cass Sunstein: Algorithms can correct human biases

Algorithms help drive the modern world.Algorithms reflect human biases, but some — as Harvard's Cass Sunstein notes — can be built to help correct our biases.If you build the right algorithm, you might be able to help contribute to a better world. None Algorithms are part of the engine that drives the modern world. When you search for something on Google, you're relying on a search engine defined by a specific algorithm. When you see what you see on your news feed on Facebook, you're not looking...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Harvard, United States, Innovation, Machine Learning, Miami, Philadelphia, Algorithm, Ai, National Bureau of Economic Research, Pittsburgh, Cass Sunstein, Harvard Kennedy School, Sunstein

Sunstein & Pulliam: Universities (And Law Schools) Need To Hire More Republican Professors

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Cass Sunstein (Harvard), The Problem With All Those Liberal Professors: The paucity of Republicans at many top schools hurts everyone. Suppose that you start college with a keen interest in physics, and you quickly discover that almost all members of the physics... [Author: Paul Caron]
Tags: Taxes, Scholarship, Cass Sunstein, Pulliam, Paul Caron, Legal Education, Sunstein

United States: Court Disqualifies Law Firm In Patent Suit, Finding No Quick Fix For Rule 1.7 Violation - Proskauer Rose LLP

Chief Judge Saris in the District of Massachusetts recently granted a motion to disqualify the Sunstein law firm from representing Altova in a patent suit against Syncro Soft, upon finding that the conflict
Tags: News, Massachusetts, United States, Proskauer Rose LLP, Sunstein, Syncro

When Is an Offense Impeachable? Look to the Framers for the Answer

The constitutional convention in 1787 focused on corrupt conduct used to gain the presidency in drafting the impeachment clause.
Tags: News, House Of Representatives, Bill, Clinton, Trump, Cohen, Tribe, Hasen, Sunstein, Presidential Election of 2016, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Impeachment, Supreme Court (US, Michael D (1966-, Richard L

Firm DQ’d Because it “Should Have Known” a TM Client Would Sue Another for Patent Infringement the Day the Patent Issued

This is an interesting case where the court granted a motion to disqualify based on a very odd assumption.  The case is Altova GMBH v. Syncro Soft SRL, No. 17-11642-PBS (D. Mass. July 26, 2018), here. The facts of this case are a bit unclear, but it seems like Firm A represented Syncro Soft in three trademark-related matters.  The first involved responding to a C&D letter from a third party in 2004. The second involved representing Firm A in responding to a C&D letter alleging trade dress and co...
Tags: Law, Ethics, Sunstein, Syncro, Syncro Soft, Altova GMBH, Altova, Syncro Soft Syncro Soft

What made the Nazis possible? Why didn’t anyone stop them?

With an eye on the current political situations in the US, Turkey, Russia, and China, Cass Sunstein reviews three books that shed light on how the Nazis came to power in Germany in the 1930s: They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century by Konrad Jarausch, and Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner. Mayer’s book was published in 1955 and consisted of post-war interviews with normal German people (janitor, ba...
Tags: Isis, China, Germany, Nazis, America, Spain, Man, Norway, Hitler, Hans Rosling, Jason Kottke, Iraq Syria, Mayer, Cass Sunstein, Sunstein, US Turkey Russia

The Alps and Literature. Ski Paradise Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus - first printed in London on 1 January 1818. Shelley started writing the story in 1816 when she was 18 and completed her writing in April/May 1817 (Robinson, 1996). The first edition of the novel was published anonymously with a preface written for Mary by Percy Bysshe Shelley and with a dedication to philosopher William Godwin, her father. It was pub...
Tags: England, London, Indonesia, France, Sport, Rome, Britain, Skiing, Paris, Italy, Switzerland, Alps, Geneva, Venice, William, Clara

Sunstein wins Holberg Prize

The New York Times story. The Holberg Prize has had its share of controversy, but I expect this year's prize will not contribute to it!... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, New York Times, Brian Leiter, Sunstein, Holberg, Holberg Prize

The cult of Trump and America’s increasingly authoritarian government

I missed Andrew Sullivan’s review of Cass Sunstein’s Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide and Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America (also edited by Sunstein) but I think Sullivan’s twin conclusions are spot on: Trump is likely unimpeachable1 and America is steadily headed towards an authoritarian government. The result is that an unimpeachable president is slowly constructing the kind of authoritarian state that America was actually founded to overthrow. There is nothing in the Constituti...
Tags: White House, America, Madison, Trump, Jason Kottke, Sullivan, Franklin, Cass Sunstein, Andrew Sullivan, Sunstein, Cass Sunstein Donald Trump

China's mass surveillance and pervasive social controls are based on a rocket scientist's advocacy for "systems thinking"

In 1955, MIT- and Caltech-educated Qian Xuesen fired from his job teaching at JPL and deported from the USA under suspicion of being a communist sympathizer; on his return to China, he led the country's nuclear weapons program and became a folk hero who is still worshipped today. (more…)
Tags: Post, Usa, News, China, Mit, Nudge, Jpl, Caltech, Systems Thinking, Sunstein, Qian Xuesen, Wsr

“Cass Sunstein Wins Holberg Prize”

“Cass Sunstein Wins Holberg Prize”: Jennifer Schuessler of The New York Times has this report. And The Harvard Gazette reports that “Sunstein wins Holberg Prize; Award recognizes sweeping contributions to understanding government and law.”
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Cass Sunstein, Harvard Gazette, Sunstein, Jennifer Schuessler, Holberg, Cass Sunstein Wins Holberg

Nonfiction: Can Donald Trump Be Impeached?

Two new books examine the modern presidency and the possibility of removing Donald Trump from office.
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Books and Literature, Sunstein, United States Politics and Government, Impeachment, Constitution (US, Impeachment: A Citiizen's Guide (Book, Cass R, Can It Happen Here? (Book

The Working Class Awakens: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and the Birth of the Multitude

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi may be the first Star Wars movie with a clear class consciousness. For the first time, the storied film franchise moves beyond the noble Skywalker family to focus on a ragtag collective of "nobodies". The Last Jedi moves, in other words, from a family saga to a class saga. Moreover, as the story exemplifies, class is more intersectional than intersectionality itself; the working-class majority, as ...
Tags: Star Wars, Music, Adventure, Southeast Asia, Fantasy, America, Action, Harvard University, Liam Neeson, Walt Disney Company, Darth Vader, Harrison Ford, Resistance, Republic, Johnson, Lucasfilm

"How a Liberal Scholar of Conspiracy Theories Became the Subject of a Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory."

A New Yorker article (by Andrew Marantz) about Cass Sunstein. It begins:In 2010, Marc Estrin, a novelist and far-left activist from Vermont, found an online version of a paper by Cass Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School and the most frequently cited legal scholar in the world. The paper, called “Conspiracy Theories,” was first published in 2008, in a small academic journal called the Journal of Political Philosophy. In it, Sunstein and his Harvard colleague Adrian Vermeule attempted to e...
Tags: Law, Harvard, Glenn Greenwald, Vermont, Conspiracies, Harvard Law School, Cass Sunstein, Greenwald, Splenda, Adrian Vermeule, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Andrew Marantz, Sunstein, Ann Althouse, The Dossier, Marc Estrin

In the December 2017 issue of ABA Journal magazine

In the December 2017 issue of ABA Journal magazine: The issue's cover story is headlined "Welcome to the 2017 ABA Journal Web 100." This year, instead of honoring 100 law blogs, the publication has chosen to honor 50 law blogs, 25 law podcasts, and 25 law twitter accounts. This blog, since 2012, has appeared in that publication's "Blawg 100 Hall of Fame" created that year. Mark Walsh has an article headlined "SCOTUS considers limits to the government's surveillance powers over personal technolo...
Tags: Law, ABA Journal, Bryan A Garner, Mark Walsh, Philip N Meyer, Sunstein

Innovate with a Nudge?

Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies. Here are some simple examples...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Leadership, Success, Book Review, Management, Change, Sociology, Innovation, Behavior, Social Impact, Behavioral Science, Build Capability, People & Skills, Culture & Values, Sunstein

Impeachment and its misconceptions explained

At the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, legal scholar and former Obama advisor Cass Sunstein shared some views on his understanding of and some misconceptions about impeachment, namely that it doesn’t need to involve an actual crime and “is primarily about gross neglect or abuse of power”. Or as he put it more formally in a 1998 essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review: The simplest is that, with respect to the President, the principal goal of the Impeachment Clause is to allow impeachmen...
Tags: Obama, Congress, Russia, Bloomberg, Gop, Donald Trump, Clinton, Penn, Trump, Nixon, Jason Kottke, Congressional, Watergate, Richard Nixon, James Madison, Cass Sunstein

Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America.

That’s the title of a forthcoming book edited by Cass Sunstein (Harvard professor, former Obama regulatory administrator). On Twitter, Sunstein says he’s the editor not the author and that the essays will “offer diverse views”. But by the time this book comes out in March 2018, we might already know the actual answer to the title’s question. (via @tylercowen) Tags: books   Can It Happen Here?   Cass Sunstein   politics   USA [Author: Jason Kottke]
Tags: Usa, Obama, America, Jason Kottke, Cass Sunstein, Sunstein, Cass Sunstein Harvard

Neomi Rao Picked to be Regulatory Czar in Trump White House.

Neomi Rao who has been picked to become the “regulatory czar” in the Trump White House, is the second Zoroastrian Parsi to head an office in the current US Administration. Readers of Parsi Khabar may remember that in January we had written about of the United States. This may probably be the first time that two Zoroastrians, both women are heading their respective departements in the US Government.   White House names Neomi Rao as next ‘regulatory czar’ April 7, 2017 | Washington Post Pr...
Tags: London, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Senate, White House, US, Reagan, United States, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Epa, Federal Reserve

March 29 roundup

“SEAT Act: Top Senators Sponsoring Bill to Outlaw Low Cost Carriers, Raise Airfares” [Gary Leff, View from the Wing] “Trump’s Safe and Sane ‘Regulatory Reform’ Idea” [Cass Sunstein/Bloomberg, earlier Sunstein on Trump regulatory initiatives] Changing law and economics shape street protest [Tyler Cowen] Arizona’s bad idea on protestors involves racketeering charges, forfeiture, and more [Coyote] “Rights And Reality: Georgia Cop Jails Ex-Wife For Facebook Gripe” [Ken White, Popehat] “Opponent...
Tags: Same-sex Marriage, Texas, Law, Police, Uncategorized, Georgia, Liberty, Arizona, Airlines, Houston, Tyler Cowen, Class Actions, Trump, Josh Blackman, Fifth Circuit, Gary Leff

Five books to change conservative minds

Back in November, former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein came up with a list of five books that conservatives should read to in order to learn something about contemporary progressivism. On the list is Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert Frank: In Frank’s view, we overstate the role of individual merit and underestimate the massive role of luck in producing individual success or failure — being born into the right family, finding oneself in the right...
Tags: Obama, Frank, Jason Kottke, Cass Sunstein, Robert Frank, Jonathan Haidt, Haidt, Sunstein

Cass Sunstein picks "The Best Films of 2016 (for Behavioral Economists)."

Sunstein likes "The Jungle Book" because it shows the concept of fairness... "For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.")"Weiner" because you can think about the 2 kinds of thinking which are System 1 ("automatic and impulsive") and System 2 ("deliberative and calculative")....Behavioral economists like to distinguish between two families of cognitive operations in the human mind: System 1, which is automatic and impulsive, and System 2, which is delibera...
Tags: Psychology, Star Wars, Movies, Law, Economics, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Weiner, Elle, Isabelle Huppert, Weiner, Cass Sunstein, La La Land, Sunstein, Ann Althouse