The Federalist Society recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The Society is comprised of conservative and libertarian legal scholars who encourage open and free discussion on legal issues pressing the nation — a refreshing alternative that drives leftists nuts. As Jeff Jacoby comments in an excellent overview of the Society and its work,
At a time when so much of what passes for public discourse is poisonous and extreme, the Federalist Society’s commitment to fostering dialogue and intellectual diversity is a priceless resource.
“The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas,” Oliver Wendell Holmes observed. “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” Perhaps the reason so many liberals persist in bad-mouthing the Federalist Society is that they fear Holmes was right.