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(Mis)Applications of Behavioral Economics to Regulation: The Importance of Public Choice Architecture

Engage Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012
Adam C. Smith March 22, 2012

(Mis)Applications of Behavioral Economics to Regulation: The Importance of Public Choice ArchitectureFriedrich Hayek once said, “Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom.” This statement encapsulates a broad wariness of government intervention, even—and perhaps especially—intervention based upon scientific findings, into private enterprise. The problem, as Hayek points out, is that such control mechanisms, however scientifically informed, inevitably lead to unwanted consequences, often stifling the very creativity needed to foster the beneficial spontaneous order of the marketplace. [Read more!]

9th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Audio/Video

2009 National Lawyers Convention
Douglas H. Ginsburg, Eugene B. Meyer November 16, 2009

On September 11, 2001, at the age of 45 and at the height of her professional and personal life, Barbara Olson was murdered in the terrorist attacks against the United States as a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines flight that was flown into the Pentagon. The Federalist Society established this annual lecture in Barbara's memory because of her enormous contributions as an active member, supporter, and volunteer leader. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson delivered the first lecture in November 2001. The lecture series continued in following years with other notable individuals. In 2009, Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered the lecture.

ABA Watch February 2010

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February 05, 2010
ABA WatchIn this issue, we are pleased to offer an interview conducted over email with ABA President-Elect Stephen Zack, who will become president of the Association next summer.  We are publishing his responses unedited in this issue.  This issue also features a piece discussing the ABA’s policy regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to prosecute the five Guantanamo detainees accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.  And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]

Address by Congressman Michael R. Pence - Event Audio/Video

2010 National Lawyers Convention
Michael R. Pence, David M. McIntosh November 21, 2010
Congressman Michael R. Pence of Indiana addressed registrants of the Federalist Society's 2010 National Lawyers Convention on Friday, November 19, 2010. He was introduced by the Honorable David M. McIntosh of Mayer Brown Row & Maw, LLP and Vice-Chairman of The Federalist Society's Board of Directors.

Address by Kenneth L. Wainstein - Event Audio/Video

International & National Security Law Practice Group
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Charles D. Stimson May 29, 2009
The Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted this event at the Capital Visitor Center on May 28, 2009. These closing remarks were part of a conference on Counterterrorism and the Obama Administration. The address was given by The Hon. Kenneth L. Wainstein of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security. Introduction by Charles D. "Cully" Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation and former Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense (Detainee Affairs).