The famously rejected nominee takes on the Supreme Courts of the U.S., Canada and Israel and finds them representative of a great failing in western jurisprudence: i.e. seeking to make new law and, thus, to “legislate” instead of “adjudicate.” He had just published (in 2003) a book laying out the argument that he presents quite forcefully in this discussion.And, speaking of counter-factuals, how might our history have been different if he had been allowed onto the Supreme Court?
Some great counter-factual speculations punctuate this most informed and informative discussion. Among them: How might the Civil War have been averted? How Lee might have avoided or even won Gettysburg? What would have happened to the Confederacy if its secession had been accepted and allowed?
In the new podcast with Sam Peltzman, recorded a week ago, he speaks of Friedman as his professor and colleague. Another such colleague was Leo Melamed and here, in this program from 2007, they recall Friedman as friend, as innovative contributor to the transformation of American economics and, basically, as the “guy who got it right.”
But economics is probably the most important (or most influential) of the academic social disciplines, A leading practitioner, who is widely expected to become a Nobel Laureate, is Sam Peltzman of the University of Chicago. He joins us in this week’s podcast to explain the “Peltzman Effect” and, among many other things, how and where the present administration went wrong.
A team of academically-based historical specialists examines “the anatomy of revolution” and inquires what was shared by–and distinctive about–the French, English, American and Russian revolutions. A guiding question is whether modern convulsions in the alteration of power are truly “revolutionary.”
It has been about sixty-five years since their discovery. Our guests are two famous specialists who have long researched the scrolls as they bear upon the composition and special strands of meaning in both the Old and the New Testaments.
This conversation with the main man at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) aroused and infuriated eight years ago—and all the more so today because the problems it highlighted then persist to the present moment. It doth indeed appear that on the American campus political correctness hath wrought its masterpiece
That’s the title he held in Chicago and among knowing journalists everywhere. For detailed knowledge of organized and street-crime, for perfect memory and compelling narrative style he has and had no match. Here he is in a conversation five years ago.
Elizabeth the First had a much more demanding assignment (job description) than the current Queen of England. The arts of ambiguity (combined, where necessary, with ruthlessness) seem to have been the basis of her effective and creative rule. All of this is under delightfully detailed examination in this 2003 conversation with two specialists in “Elizabethan” history.
Eleven years ago biblical archeologists were enthused over the discovery of the container that had held the bones of the brother of Jesus. Two of the leading scholars of New Testament research reported the find and the way that it deepened our “knowledge” of the historical jesus. Here, in 2003, they discuss what two hundred years of that search have yielded.