The Worst Supreme Court Case You’ve Never Heard Of

In 1875, at the tail end of Reconstruction, Congress passed a Civil Rights Act which banned racial discrimination in public amenities. It made its way to the Supreme Court, which ruled the act unconstitutional in 1886’s Civil Rights Cases...The underlying legal decision from the Civil Rights Cases remains good law, even if it has been subverted in effect. Since that underlying legal decision has become incredibly important, this is problematic."

Why Middle Earth Remains Unrivaled

This Friday a biopic of JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, will hit theaters. I am skeptical about the film, but it is hardly undeserved. Plenty of storytellers, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Stan Lee, George Lucas, have constructed fictional worlds that are remarkably insightful and immersive. But Tolkien remains in a class of his own, a genius without par.