Article by: Derek T. Muller
46 PEPP. L. REV. i (2019)
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice travels through her mirror and finds herself in a land where things are familiar but, well, different. At times things were backwards, like when she attempted to read a poem but found it to be gibberish, until she held it up to a mirror and could read it. Or when she tried to slice a cake, but each time the cake rejoins itself and she’s unable to pass it out. The Unicorn explains, “You don’t know how to manage Looking-glass cakes . . . . Hand it round first, and cut it afterwards.”
In a given political moment, we too might end up through the looking glass, where longstanding expectations about law and policy can be quickly reversed. Such a moment is at hand when it comes to federalism.