By Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn used to be with no query the most influential newshounds of his iteration, whose writing stems from the simplest culture of Mark Twain, H.L. Menchken and Tom Paine. Colossal Wreck, his ultimate paintings, complete presently ahead of his loss of life in July 2012, exemplifies the prodigious literary brio that made Cockburn’s name.
Whether ruthlessly exposing Beltway hypocrisy, pricking the pomposity of these in strength, or tirelessly protecting the rights of the oppressed, Cockburn by no means pulled his punches and regularly landed a blow the place it mattered. during this panoramic paintings, overlaying approximately twenty years of yank tradition and politics, he explores matters as assorted because the intercourse lifetime of invoice Clinton and how to prepare dinner wild turkey. He stands up for the rights of prisoners on demise row and exposes the chicanery of the media and the duplicity of the political elite. As he pursues a serpentine course throughout the kingdom, he charts the fortunes of neighbors, well-known relations, and sworn enemies alike to hilarious effect.
This is an exhilarating journey throughout the reefs and shoals of politics and way of life. Combining a fondness for the areas, the foodstuff and the folk he encountered on dozens of cross-country trips, Cockburn stories again over seventeen years of tumultuous switch between what he affectionately referred to as the “thousand landscapes” of the United States.
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Chs. 9 – 10. The Rule of Law and the Importance of Procedure 27 3. Lon L. Fuller, The Morality of Law (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969), 162. 4. See Jeremy Waldron, “The Rule of Law in Contemporary Liberal Theory,” Ratio Juris 2 (1989): 79. For a discussion of substantive Rule of Law ideas, see Paul Craig, “Formal and Substantive Conceptions of the Rule of Law: An Analytical Framework,” Public Law (1997): 467. 5. See Jeremy Waldron, “Legislation and the Rule of Law,” Legisprudence 1 (2007): 91, 115.
22 But my point here is solely descriptive. Waldron’s call to law professors that we need to attend to the procedural rather than to the formal or substantive values of the Rule of Law is a bit like raising the ﬂag on the Fourth of July and exhorting the assembled crowd to attend to the neglected value of patriotism. (Not entirely: it may well be that the professional philosophical literature has neglected this dimension of the Rule of Law, and it is of course that literature that is Waldron’s target.
Com/abstract=1279849. 77. ” New York University School of Law, Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series, Working Paper no. com/abstract=1323383. 3 So, he distinguishes the “formal” from the “procedural” requirements of the Rule of Law. 5 And what does that fairness require? 6 Our rules of procedure should all be interpreted and applied toward that end. So, the procedural Rule of Law requires, for example, that we be granted a fair trial, that we be assured, at that trial, of the assistance of an attorney, and that, through decent procedures, we have a chance to tell our side of the story, and to do so in accordance with rules of evidence that guarantee that only relevant information will be garnered by the state to secure a conviction or verdict against us, rather than any old piece of defamatory nonsense the state might feel free to unleash.
A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, And American Culture by Alexander Cockburn