When Law and Politics Become One

Most Americans believe that politics and law are separate entities.  This was the position of Aristotle, who treated politics as a study in itself, and Hugo Grotius, the eminent Dutch scholar of the seventeenth century who developed the theory of international law.  Not all thinkers have been so careful to distinguish the two subjects.  For example, Jean Bodin, the sixteenth-century French philosopher who developed the first comprehensive doctrine of sovereignty, intermingled the two.   Americans comfortably in the Aristotle-Grotius camp should think twice about tuning in to the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which begin on September 4.  The hearings will have little to do with whether Kavanaugh is qualified to sit on the High Court.  He clearly is.  Kavanaugh is a Yale Law School graduate, clerked on two courts of appeals and the Supreme Court, served in the White House, and has been a judge...(Read Full Article)

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