Thursday, August 19, 2010
Well, I'm back from my last bit of vacation, and begin teaching Property I to my new group of 1ls tomorrow.
As I wrote earlier in the summer, this year I want to put more emphasis on the political economy of property rights, so instead of starting with Johnson v. McIntosh or Pierson v. Post, I'm actually starting with . . . The Communist Manifesto (chapter two, specifically). And excerpts from Michael Jensen's Freedom, Capitalism and Human Behavior. Seriously.
I have no idea whether this will work so I'm a bit nervous, although honestly the change isn't that radical (so so speak): we'll be getting to Johnson on day 2. But I'm hoping to introduce on Day 1 a theme that we will return to continually throughout the year: the central place of property rights in the human tragicomedy. I'll let you know how it works!
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