Liberty Law Talk

Higher Education and the American Soul: A Conversation with Peter Lawler

american heresiesThis edition of Liberty Law Talk is a conversation with Peter Lawler about his new position as editor of Modern Age and his just released book, American Heresies and Higher Education.

The Unjustly Neglected Roger Sherman: A Conversation with Mark David Hall

shermanThis edition of Liberty Law Talk is a discussion with Mark David Hall about American framer Roger Sherman who was the only framer to sign the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. At the Constitutional Convention, he spoke more than all but three delegates and helped forge the Connecticut Compromise. Yet his writings remain relatively obscure. To help rectify this is Liberty Fund's new volume entitled Collected Works of Roger Sherman, edited by Hall.

American Heresies and the Betrayal of the National Interest: A Conversation with Walter McDougall

tragedyWhat is American civil religion? And has it been distorted to the extent that it has undermined our nation's foreign policy? The eminent historian and scholar Walter McDougall, author of the new book, The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy, joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss these questions.

The Crisis of American Conservatism: A Conversation with George Nash

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:   (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)The great historian of American conservatism, George Nash, returns to Liberty Law Talk to discuss the current state of conservatism after the improbable victory of Donald Trump.

After Obamacare: A Conversation with Josh Blackman

unraveledThis edition of Liberty Law Talk discusses with Josh Blackman his latest book, Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power. Professor Blackman has been engaged with Obamacare since its creation and discusses the ways the law has impacted our thinking about healthcare, the regulatory state, and religious liberty.

Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois: A Conversation with Steven Smith

modernityThis discussion with Steven Smith, author of Modernity and Its Discontents, explores what it means to be modern and why an age that has produced so many gains and advances has also produced so many counter-enlightenments and apocalyptic responses. To love the modern age well, do we need to love it moderately?

Is the Chinese Government in Late-Stage Regime Decay? A Conversation with Minxin Pei

china's crony capitalismThis new edition of Liberty Law Talk discusses with professor and author Minxin Pei how the nexus of corruption between businesses and officials within the Chinese Communist Party is negatively shaping the country's current trajectory in economics and foreign policy. Much conventional thinking holds that China's economic rise will continue unabated, but Pei's account breaks with current wisdom by focusing on a decadent ruling class mismanaging China towards disaster.

Rebuilding the Liberty Narrative: A Conversation with Gordon Lloyd

liberty-equalityThere is nothing more arduous than the apprenticeship of liberty, Tocqueville informs. While equality in modern democratic society is a natural tendency—one that grows without much effort—it is liberty that requires a new defense in each generation. In this spirit the next edition of Liberty Law Talk discusses with Gordon Lloyd the Liberty Narrative and its unending contest with the Equality Narrative.

The Decline of Constitutional Morality: A Conversation with Bruce Frohnen

const moralityIs America in a constitutional crisis or is the country already post-constitutional and merely adjusting to a regime of quasi-law? Bruce Frohnen joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss this question and his latest book, coauthored with the late George Carey, Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law.

Liberal Democracy’s Challenge to Freedom: A Conversation with Ryszard Legutko

demon in democracyThe great Polish political theorist, anti-communist thinker and member of Solidarity, Minister of Education, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the late President Lech Kaczynski, and Deputy Speaker of the Senate, and current member of the European Parliament, Ryszard Legutko, joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss his latest book, The Demon in Democracy.