Liberty Law Talk

James Burnham and Our ‘Soul-Sick’ Elite: A Conversation with Julius Krein

PDCAComes now to Liberty Law Talk, Julius Krein, founding editor of the explosive new journal, American Affairs. We discuss the crack-up in our politics and in the conservative movement through the lens of James Burnham's classic work, The Managerial Revolution.

When Moderation Is a Virtue: A Conversation with Aurelian Craiutu

faces of moderationBarry Goldwater famously told the Republican National Convention in 1964 that "extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice and ... moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Begging to differ is Aurelian Craiutu who joins this episode to discuss his new book, Faces of Moderation, a profound study of thinkers such as Raymond Aron, Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, and others, who defended freedom and constitutional government against ideologues of all types.

America, What’s Left of It: A Conversation with Patrick Deneen

conserving americaPatrick Deneen joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss his latest book, Conserving America? Essays on Present Discontents.

Patriot Fight Club: A Conversation with Steven Hayward

patriotism is not enoughHow did key participants in Straussian fight club, especially Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, challenge the progressive settlement of political science, the history of the American Founding, and constitutionalism? Our guide for understanding this debate will be Steven Hayward who joins this edition of Liberty Law Talk to discuss his latest book, Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism.

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?