The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. By Richard A. Posner

The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. By Richard A. Posner.
Harvard University Press 2017.
ISBN: 0674975774, 9780674975774.

No sitting federal judge has ever written so trenchant a critique of the federal judiciary as Richard A. Posner does in this, his most confrontational book. Skewering the politicization of the Supreme Court, the mismanagement of judicial staff, the overly complex system of appeals, the threat of originalism, outdated procedures, and the backward-looking traditions of law schools and the American judicial system, Posner has written a cri de coeur and a battle cry. With the prospect that the Supreme Court will soon be remade in substantial, potentially revanchist, ways, The Federal Judiciary exposes the American legal system’s most troubling failures in order to instigate much-needed reforms.

Posner presents excerpts from legal texts and arguments to expose their flaws, incorporating his own explanation and judgment to educate readers in the mechanics of judicial thinking. This rigorous intellectual work separates sound logic from artful rhetoric designed to subvert precedent and open the door to oblique interpretations of American constitutional law. In a rebuke of Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy, Posner shows how originalists have used these rhetorical strategies to advance a self-serving political agenda. Judicial culture adheres to an antiquated traditionalism, Posner argues, that inhibits progressive responses to threats from new technologies and other unforeseen challenges to society.

With practical prescriptions for overhauling judicial practices and precedents, The Federal Judiciary offers an unequaled resource for understanding the institution designed by the founders to check congressional and presidential power and resist its abuse.





Time Magazine: The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time [Full List]

Time Magazine’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time [Click book’s cover image or title to go to its Amazon web-page. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate this website would earn from qualifying purchases through links to Amazon.]


Little Women 


Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

City of the Beasts

Allende, Isabel. City of the Beasts

The Chronicles of Prydain

Alexander, Lloyd. The Chronicles of Prydain (series)

Tiger Lily

Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Tiger Lily


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak


Anderson, M.T. Feed

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz *

Dangerous Angels

Block, Francesca Lia. Dangerous Angels (the Weetzie Bat Books)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret


Bosch, Pseudonymous. Secret (series) *

The Illustrated Man

Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland *

Boy Proof

Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof

Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona *


Clements, Andrew. Frindle *

The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games

The Grey King

Cooper, Susan. The Grey King *

The Chocolate War

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War

Whale Talk

Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory *

Danny the Champion of the World

Dahl, Roald. Danny the Champion of the World *


Dahl, Roald. Matilda *

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane *

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tiger Rising *

A Northern Light

Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light

Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy *

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain: A Story of Boston in Revolt

The Diary of a Young Girl

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl

The Thief Lord

Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord

The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book

The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars

Looking for Alaska

Green, John. Looking for Alaska

Lord of the Flies

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies

The Princess Bride

Goldman, William. The Princess Bride

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows *

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hardinge, Frances. The Lost Conspiracy

The Outsiders

Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders

Hughes, Richard. A High Wind in Jamaica

Jones, Diana Wynne. Dogsbody

The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth *

Alabama Moon

Key, Watt. Alabama Moon

A Separate Peace

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace

Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler *

LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird

A Wrinkle in Time

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time

Leviathan, David. Every Day

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe *

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild

The Giver

Lowry, Lois. The Giver

Number the Stars

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars *

Saffy’s Angel

McKay, Hilary. Saffy’s Angel


Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables

Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful

Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster

Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till

Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls

Nix, Garth. Sabriel

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh *

Palacio, R. J. Wonder *

Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia *

Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet *

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Pullman, Phillip. The Golden Compass

Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game *

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling

Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Harry Potter

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter (series)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising *


Sachar, Louis. Holes

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye

Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret *

Sís, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) *

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me *

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society *

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Thompson, Craig. Blankets

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings

Travers, P. L. Mary Poppins *

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Whaley, John Corey. Where Things Come Back

Charlotte’s Web

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web *

White, T. H. The Sword in the Stone

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie *

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints

Zindel, Paul. The Pigman

The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief


Note: Starred titles are not really for “young-adult” readers, but for younger readers, according to some people’s opinion.

See also: Time Magazine: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

Time Magazine: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time [Full List]

Time Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time [Click book’s cover image or title to go to its Amazon web-page. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate this website would earn from qualifying purchases through links to Amazon.]

Miss Nelson is Missing

Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing

Anno's Journey

Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno’s Journey

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jenny and the Cat Club

Averill, Esther. Jenny and the Cat Club


来源:最高人民法院网,发布时间:2017-01-14 18:47:27。《人民法院报》2017年1月15日,第1、4版。

全国高级法院院长会议在京召开 周强强调



1986年,最高人民法院在六届人大四次会议工作报告中说:“在经济活动领域内,一些干部……把法律当成保护本地区局部利益的工具。……如果法院判决本地应偿还外地的债务,就不高兴,就指责法院‘胳膊肘往外拐’;甚至阻挠法院对一些案件的受理、判决和执行。”这是第一次在国家最高议事议政仪式上提出地方保护主义话题。1988年七届全国人大一次会议上,以上现象在最高法院的工作报告中被正式称谓为“地方保护主义”。[1]自1988年开始到2001年的历年全国人大会上的最高法院工作报告,都批评“地方保护主义”对法院审判、执行的干预。对当代中国民商事审判进行观察的西方学者,在审判不公、法官滥用权力的归因上,亦多认为系出于体制所导致的司法地方保护主义(local protectionism)。[2]对于司法地方保护主义的批评,逐渐演化为一种控制性话语形态,成为主导1990年代末启动司法体制改革以来,直到晚近,对中国司法政治治理进行重构的基本叙事。




High fliers: Books of the Year 2016

The best books of 2016 are about China, language, microbes, hereditary power, inequality and medieval manuscripts

Politics and current affairs

China’s Future. By David Shambaugh. Polity; 195 pages; $19.95 and £14.99
No country has modernised its economy without also becoming a democracy. A respected American political scientist asks whether China can break the mould.




按:原文末句,werab ya`abod za`ir,可两读,如拉比注释,作倒装句“老二给老大为奴”,亦通。故而经文所述这一对孪生子迥异的相貌性格,以神谕观之,并无孰优孰劣的表示:以扫红肤多毛,又名红哥(’edom),终日游猎山野,父亲喜欢;雅各白皙好静(tom,本义完好),守着帐篷,是母亲的宝贝。大人不掩饰偏爱,孩子心里便存了芥蒂。



由本文的分析切入思路来看,就“命案必破”话题而言的批评文字,对于公安机关的分析和评价都是采用了一种整体论(holism)的方式,将公安机关内部视为一个“黑箱”,将公安机关作为一个“质点”或“单子”(monad)[4],而不是能够细致地进入公安机关内部,感知公安机关作为一个由各个分支单元部门组成的组织在如何运作。因此就无法考量执政党和上级公安机关如何对于公安组织内部进行信息识别和提供激励,进而没有力量分析公安机关内部的组织变化如何影响作为一个整体的组织的外部绩效。 而这恰恰是分析公安机关提出“命案必破”口号的来由以及“命案必破”在制度上何以可能的关键点。








初抵剑桥,阔别多年的知青战友M从洛杉矶飞来探望。走进哈佛老院(Harvard Yard),她掏出相机拍照,忽听身旁有个男中音道:要不我帮你俩来张合影?扭头看,是一个笑容可掬、微微谢顶的绅士,自我介绍,说是做律师的,刚去过中国旅游,名叫布莱德利。M走后,布律师就约我出游,参加他的哈佛同学聚会,遂成了好友。




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