January/February 2015

Corporate Law’s Original Sin

The public be damned,” railroad magnate William Henry Vanderbilt snorted at a reporter in 1882. The impertinent scribe had asked whether Vanderbilt ran his railroads with an eye toward public benefit. At the time, Vanderbilt was among the most powerful men in American business—and by his own estimation the richest man in the world. His… Read more »

Flipping Their Wigs

The framers would be shocked at how far conservative jurists have narrowed the definition of what constitutes political corruption.

Tilting at Windmills

Frame of reverence If you went into homes up in the hollows of Charlie Peters’s West Virginia and elsewhere in the decades following World War II, you could often find photographs of FDR. The same was later true of JFK’s picture, and not just where Catholics lived. The people who hung them on their walls… Read more »