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Eric Posner
Eric Posner

Eric Posner

Law Professor, University of Chicago

Eric Posner is a legal scholar and frequent media commentator, having written op-eds and columns for a number of national publications including the Wall Street Journal and Slate. He is currently the Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Posner is the author of several books, including “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society,” which will be published in May. Posner is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute.

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Europe is ahead of the United States in repairing the damage to privacy the Internet—and especially Google—has wrought.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Presidents have more power today, but there are good historical reasons for the trend.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Presidential action since the publishing of The Executive Unbound in 2011.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The president is simultaneously leader of the country, a party, and the executive branch. The conflicts between these leadership roles put heavy constraints on his power.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Obama’s new immigration program is perfectly legal and should not be blocked.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The deferred action program does not violate the Constitution. But it may modify political norms that control what the president can do.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
It’s a routine exercise of presidential power.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
While the Constitution vests in Congress the power to “declare war,” presidents have launched military attacks on their own for many decades.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It’s wishful thinking, on the part of Obama’s critics, to argue that it’s unconstitutional for the president to shift immigration policy by changing enforcement priorities.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Obama’s just doing what he’s empowered to do.
Monday, February 3, 2014
And if Congress won’t act, he should use it.
Friday, January 4, 2013

Eric Posner argues, “Bitcoin will collapse when people realize that it can’t survive as a currency because of its built-in deflationary features, or because of the emergence of bytecoins, or both. A real Ponzi scheme takes fraud; bitcoin, by contrast, seems more like a collective delusion.”

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eric Posner argues, “Bitcoin is not completely autonomous. It actually has its own central bank in a way. The people who maintain the Bitcoin network can change the money supply through a majoritarian process. And that means that the supply of bitcoin is a function of what the majority of these people think at any given time.”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eric Posner argues that bitcoin can and will be regulated. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

“Bitcoin might weaken banks (because people wouldn’t need check-writing services and credit cards), but it also might strengthen banks or bank substitutes (because people need a service to keep track of their bitcoin transactions, and to insure them against mistakes and fraud).”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
“Maybe someday AI will enable computers to make judgments currently entrusted to lawyers and judges. Until that happens, bitcoin technology will not replace the legal system.”
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Eric Posner explains how bitcoin relies on trust.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Eric Posner argues, “The key security problem introduced by bitcoins is that bitcoin makes a huge amount of money available to people on devices that they carry around with them or leave unsecure in their homes and offices, and thus makes those people juicy marks for criminals.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2013