I want to talk to you today about individual rights and community. I have been struck in reading the Judge’s books and recalling working with him how he honored two competing ideas simultaneously: respect for individual liberty, and a deep belief in the power of government to enhance fairness and promote public well-being. As I shall explain, the tension between those ideas has become increasingly important in the debate over how to address global environmental problems.
Nineteenth Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service: Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge to a Clever Species,
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