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“An absolutely indispensable guide to understanding the nature of the modern Libertarian movement... This book is a wake-up call to anyone who cares about American democracy.”

—CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, author of the New York Times bestseller Kochland

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Andrew Koppelman

Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and Philosophy Department Affiliated Faculty at Northwestern University. He received the Walder Award for Research Excellence from Northwestern, the Hart-Dworkin award in legal philosophy from the Association of American Law Schools, and the Edward S. Corwin Prize from the American Political Science Association. His scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law and political philosophy. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles and seven books, most recently Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty? The Unnecessary Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2020.

About Burning Down the House

In 2010 in South Fulton, Tennessee, each household paid the local fire department a yearly fee of $75.00. That year, Gene Cranick's house accidentally caught fire. But the fire department refused to come because Cranick had forgotten to pay his yearly fee, leaving his home in ashes. Observers across the political spectrum agreed—some with horror and some with enthusiasm—that this revealed the true face of libertarianism. But libertarianism did not always require callous indifference to the misfortunes of others.

Praise for Andrew Koppelman

“Andrew Koppelman is one of the most thoughtful law-and-religion scholars in America, and this book is an impressive accomplishment.”

—Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame (on Defending American Religious Neturality)

“Andrew Koppelman has magnificently captured the current legal, political and policy-related lay of the land in Washington. His insightful analysis here should be mandatory reading for anyone concerned about the future of health care in America.”

—Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader (on The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform)

“This is the best guide to the philosophical and constitutional questions raised by the culture wars. Koppelman's clarity and insight set a new standard for the debate.”

—Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University (on Antidiscrimination Law and Social Equality)

Featured Articles

Scholarly Articles

Bostock, LGBT Discrimination, and the Subtractive Moves105 Minnesota L. Rev. Headnotes 1 (2020).

How Could Religious Liberty Be a Human Right?, 16 Int. J. Const. Law 985 (2018).

Originalism, Abortion, and the Thirteenth Amendment, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1917 (2012).

Does Obscenity Cause Moral Harm?, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 1635 (2005).

The Fluidity of Neutrality, 66 Rev. of Politics 633 (2004).

Shorter Pieces

Supreme Court rulings make the world safer for both LGBT people and religious freedom, USA Today, July 21, 2020.

COVID-19, masks and the freedom to drive drunk, The Hill, Nov. 29, 2020.

The Great Awokening and Overlapping Consensus, Public Discourse, Dec.10, 2020.

Nonexistent and Irreplaceable:  Keep the Religion in Religious Freedom, 142 Commonweal, Apr. 10, 2015.

Involving Orcs, review of Lisa Duggan, Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, New Rambler (2019).

Featured Talk

The Unnecessary Conflict Between Gay Rights and Religious Liberty

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