Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Grossman & Reid: The Liberation of Civil Society

Grossman_andrew_b_hr_image_305744Reid_alexander_b_hr_image_306082Andrew Grossman and Alexander Lyman Reid (both at BokerHostetler) have posted "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: TheLiberation of Civil Society." Here is the opening paragraph:

As anyone who has seen a building collapse or a bridge buckle can attest, it can be harrowing to witness the failure of a major structure, particularly one that is historic and relied upon heavily. Sometimes, however, falling walls can be a welcome change. The Berlin Wall, for example, unfairly separated the people of Berlin, and its demise was celebrated worldwide by lovers of freedom. Perhaps one day we too will celebrate the liberation of nonprofit organizations from the walls erected by the regulatory state to protect the powerful from the people. That day may come sooner than expected, as the Supreme Court recently recognized the freedom of association as a constitutionally protected right (Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta) and rejected the deference historically granted to the executive branch to write regulations without adequate legislative authority (West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency).

Lloyd Mayer


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