The Great Recession

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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  1. Insofar as there is political disquiet involving the masses with more or less “middle class” leadership, I would suspect something on the order of the “rising expectations” hypothesis might be pertinent (that is to say, expectations are frustrated, thwarted, blocked, disappointed, etc. in a rather stark or dramatic fashion, particularly given the nature and promises of economic globalization and widespread aspirations for democractic representation). So…there might be some comparison to the 1930s.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    Your selection of recent events, particularly in China and Vietnam (and perhaps in other cases as well), looks like a great example of a post hoc, propter hoc fallacy. What was the record of human rights abuses in those countries before the “Great Recession”?

    Nor does the Mars argument support the notion of historical laws, as you seem to be suggesting. And your professor’s analogy was misleading in a couple of other respects. One is that in practice, the Martian gravity field does vary according to local context unless you’re sufficiently far away from the planet’s surface. Another is that even in theory, there isn’t a general analytical solution to the gravity equations once you get a third body involved, to say nothing of millions.