Stephen B. Presser

About Stephen B. Presser

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and the author of “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law” (West Academic Publishers, 2017). This year, Professor Presser is a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jurisprudence and the Failed Coup

The indispensable Victor Davis Hanson recently noted, “Real coups against democracies rarely are pulled off by jack-booted thugs in sunglasses or fanatical mobs storming the presidential palace. More often, they are the insidious work of supercilious bureaucrats, bought intellectuals, toady journalists, and political activists who falsely project that their target might at some

By | 2019-05-29T20:05:52-07:00 May 28th, 2019|

Trump’s Effort to Take Back the Constitution and Self-Government

One of the oldest and greatest guides to understanding American politics is captured in the sage advice: “follow the money.” As America is the richest nation on the globe, there is a lot to be followed. The federal leviathan is awash in trillions of dollars in cash. Countless lawyers, lobbyists, and public officials,

By | 2019-05-03T20:06:52-07:00 May 2nd, 2019|

Obstructing Injustice: Why It Would Be Wrong to Impeach Donald Trump

It is one of the puzzles of history that Republicans once sought to impeach Bill Clinton. Predictably, they failed to convict him in the Senate with the requisite two-thirds vote, and then Republicans lost the midterm elections that followed, all while President Clinton’s popularity increased dramatically. Even if the Republican effort to remove

By | 2019-04-25T20:01:15-07:00 April 24th, 2019|

John McCain, Donald Trump, and the Sirens’ Song

Was John McCain a great American or a profound disappointment? Sensing another opportunity to berate and criticize a president they loathe, much of the media have championed the late U.S. senator from Arizona and excoriated President Trump for daring to criticize him. It speaks well of our culture that we are discouraged from

By | 2019-03-24T22:34:44-07:00 March 24th, 2019|

Ripping Off the Left’s Mask

Writing at Townhall on Sunday, Kevin McCullough recalls Rush Limbaugh’s vintage observation that “If the Left (Democrats) ever told America what they actually believed they’d never win another election.” McCullough makes the point that every now and then, however, the mask slips, and we are able, as Michael Walsh has maintained for some

By | 2019-02-06T22:18:06-07:00 February 5th, 2019|

Reasserting Self-Government and Sovereignty Won’t Be Easy

We are all aware that our politics is broken. There is more hate dividing Americans than in recent memory, and especially is there corrosive ire directed at our president and those he has appointed, particularly to judicial office. If our politics is riven, however, the cause may be deeper, and it may lie

By | 2018-12-13T22:01:48-07:00 December 13th, 2018|

In the Case of Trump vs. Roberts, the President Prevails

Who gets it right, President Donald Trump or Chief Justice John Roberts? The president earlier this week attacked “Obama judges,” whom he believes are erroneously interpreting the law and the Constitution to frustrate his administration’s policy initiatives. The chief justice told the Associated Press on Wednesday there is no such partisan thing. All

By | 2018-11-22T23:18:44-07:00 November 23rd, 2018|