Friday, June 14, 2013

Weekend links

I just finished listening to an Econtalk podcast featuring leading classical liberal legal scholar Richard Epstein.  Epstein is an absolute marvel to listen to: he's brilliant, crazy articulate, and full of intellectual energy.  Host Russ Roberts gives him plenty of room to elaborate on a wide range of issues about the constitution including " the interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time, the relationship between state and federal power, judicial activism, the increasing importance of administrative agencies' regulatory power, and political influences on the Supreme Court." Given the current dearth of political and legal respect for the constitution by the Obama Administration and his minions, I can't recommend this hour-long talk too highly.

Bruce Thorton, a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, had an interesting article last week entitled "A Brief History of Media Bias".  If you're like me, and find the media's overwhelming liberal bias a never-ending source of annoyance and irritation, you'll like Thorton's article -- he's one of us.  Check it out here.

"In the old Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and today’s North Korea, they tried to move toward the ideal Communist system. Combined, they killed about 100 million of their own people. That’s a hefty moral distinction right there: When freedom-lovers move society toward their ideal, mistakes may be made, but people tend to flourish. When the hard Left is given free rein, millions are murdered and enslaved. Which ideal would you like to move toward?" [Emphasis Marc Street]
The above quote is from a superb article out today, actually, from Jonah Goldberg.  Definitely read this one.