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The 10 Most Read Posts of 2019


On Monday, we brought you the ten most popular posts from 2017-2018. We turn our attention today to 2019. “Old Town Road” was dominating the charts, Google was stacking up fines for breaching EU antitrust rules, and our readers were in the mood for discussions of democracy, climate change, and neoliberal globalism. Without further ado, the people’s picks.

10. The Constitution and Democratic Insurgency – Aziz Rana

Aziz Rana recounts a fundamental critique of the constitutional order leveled by labor and Black radicals in the early twentieth century.

9. Predatory Lending and the Predator State – Raúl Carrillo

Drawing on the insights of Modern Monetary Theory, Raúl Carrillo argues for a financial system that involves neither predators nor prey.

8. Globalism and the Dialectic of Globalization – David Singh Grewal

As part of our symposium on Quinn Slobodian’s Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, David Singh Grewal distinguishes ordoglobalism from internationalism.

7. The Green New Deal: What’s Green? What’s New? What’s the Deal? – Robert Hockett

Robert Hockett explains why, when addressing climate change, bigger is better.

6. The Globalists: Law, Race, and Empire In and Beyond Intellectual History – Ntina Tzouvala

Another entry from our symposium on Quinn Slobodian’s Globalists (we get it, you’re interested in neoliberalism), Ntina Tzouvala argues that an analysis of the thought of those who shaped the contemporary international legal order only partly explains the existing entanglements between international law, empire, and race.

5. Property Law as Poverty Law – Michelle Wilde Anderson

For the “1LPE” Series, which brought the LPE approach to the 1L curriculum, Michelle Wilde Anderson suggests that Property Law has the potential to become a class about poverty and wealth.

4. How should we think about democracy? – Samuel Bagg

Samuel Bagg surveys developments in democratic theory in hopes of sharpening LPE thinking about the demand for more democracy.

3. Teaching Penal Abolition – Amna Akbar

Another entry in the “1LPE” Series, Amna Akbar shares some notes and resources on teaching abolition.

2. Law as the Code of Inequality and Wealth – Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn discusses Katharina Pistor’s The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality.

1. The Second Wave of Algorithmic Accountability – Frank Pasquale

Frank Pasquales argues that rather than merely trying to improve existing algorithmic systems, a new wave of research asks whether such systems should be used at all—and, if so, who gets to govern them.