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Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the Twenty-First Century. John Marini and Ken Masugi, eds. New York: Encounter Books, 2019.
 
This volume of essays and lectures sets out John Marini’s case that the administrative state is the primary threat to America’s constitution.  The timing of the volume’s publication is convenient.  Attacking the administrative state is said to…

Anyone who has set foot and paid some small amount of attention in a college classroom knows one thing: the true moments of learning are often indefinable, uncategorizable, and unexplainable. No teacher can predict what will make the light bulb go off for a particular student; no student can understand why one sentence or thought will stick with him for…

Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State’s Challenge to Constitutional Government. Joseph Postell. Columbia: University of Missouri Press. 2017.
 
The administrative state was proposed during the Progressive Era as a scientific and therefore politically uncontroversial means of regulating American society and the American economy. Progressives demanded that constitutional government, with its real or alleged inefficiencies, corruption, lack of expertise, and bias in…