Max Longley

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Max Longley is a writer in Durham, NC. He is the author of Quaker Carpetbagger (McFarland, 2020), For the Union and the Catholic Church (McFarland, 2015), and numerous articles.

Recent Essays

Allowing a Little More Room for Subsidiarity: A Review of Adrian Vermeule’s Common Good Constitutionalism

Harvard Law School produces many of our future rulers, and it may be better for us if aspiring federal administrators learn from Vermeule at least the presumptive desirability of honoring local institutions. Yet Vermeule would only be teaching them a carefully-regulated localism whose contours would be subject to the decisions of the federal administrative state.

When Foot Voting is Necessary: A Review of Free to Move

It would be nice if Somin would see migration (national and international) as a remedy for intolerable situations, a lesser evil, not a desirable thing in itself. Those who aren’t oppressed or impoverished but are tempted to leave their ancestral homes through ambition or restlessness, might stop and think.

Free Speech as a “A Delicately Manicured Garden”: A Review of Speechless

Michael Knowles: “Free speech cannot be an open plain; nor can it be a jungle; it must be a delicately manicured garden."

We the Corporations: A Review

Corporate rights was not a spontaneous development but the result of a sort of corporate civil-rights movement. Through litigation (generally well-financed) over two centuries, various corporations won decisions by which corporations evolved from government-created artificial persons, not even mentioned by name in the Constitution, into entities possessed of many of the same constitutional rights as flesh-and-blood human beings.

A Beguiling Mirage of Localism: Corporate Rights and the Public Interest in North Carolina

Though the idea of a legislature banishing undesirable corporations from state boundaries may be a mirage for now, it is certainly a dazzling mirage. If you look carefully enough, it seems more in line with how things should be than the actual desert that is currently beneath.