Skip Tenczar reflects the moment:
They believe that he is God’s plan,
One with sprayed hair and orange tan.
Like an alien he descended,
Their hate he defended.
This man with a wall and a Muslim ban.
Part One: more on mask wars as Covid kills 400,000, is spreading like wild fire and Biden will authorize a mask mandate for 100 days
We discuss with John Finn, Professor Emeritus of government and constitutional law.
We discuss the constitutionality of regulations around mask wearing and other, similar regulations.
bio: John E. Finn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University, where he taught courses in constitutional theory and public law, as well as in cuisine and popular culture.
Finn’s newest book, Fracturing the Founding: How the Alt-Right Corrupts the Constitution, is available here: Fracturing the Founding.Finn’s book on the history, philosophy, and meaning of omelets, including recipes, The Perfect Omelet, is available in hard copy or Kindle and can be ordered (preferably) through your local book store, through Amazon and other major booksellers, or at theperfectomelet.com Finn is also the author of three other books on constitutional theory and law: Peopling the Constitution (2014), American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes 4th ed. (with Donald P. Kommers, Gary J. Jacobsohn, George Thomas, and Justin Dyer, 2018), and Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law (1991). Finn has also published in several law reviews, including the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Constitutional Commentary, New York University Journal of Law and International Politics, and Georgetown Law Journal.
Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from mask mandates
A Florida minister and a conservative lawmaker filed suit against a county law mandating mask wearing, saying it violates the freedom of religion. A constitutional law professor says they're wrong. https://theconversation.com/freedom-of-religion-doesnt-mean-freedom-from-mask-mandates-144190
The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates A constitutional law scholar says that the arguments made by anti-mask protesters that the Constitution protects their freedom to go maskless are just wrong. https://theconversation.com/the-constitution-doesnt-have-a-problem-with-mask-mandates-142335
Part Two: Right to Repair and why it matters (If you buy a product — a car, a smartphone, or even a tractor — and it breaks, should it be easier for you to fix it yourself? NYTIMES)
bio: Alex DeBellis works on U.S. PIRG's Right to Repair campaign, where she advocates for consumers' ability to fix their electronic devices and divert e-waste from our landfills. Alex is based in Somerville, Massachusetts
The right to repair appliances, electronics, cars, etc. affects all consumers. We discuss the implications of this trend, and what it means for us all in terms of initial costs, repair costs, environmental costs, etc.
Right to Repair saves families big https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/repair-saves-families-big
Banning the fix: Google continues blocking third-party repair ads https://uspirg.org/staff/usp/alex-debellis/staff_blog_posts
Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/climate/right-to-repair.html
Massachusetts passes ‘right to repair’ law to open up car data https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/4/21549129/massachusetts-right-to-repair-question-1-wireless-car-data-passes