Episode 4: The President, or, The Mouse That Roared

Guests: John Yoo and Victor Davis Hanson
Oct 9, 2012
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After last week’s big debate, what else can we discuss?  This episode is all about the presidency — or what’s left of it.  Host Adam Freedman welcomes two of our most esteemed contributors:  Law Talk’s Professor John Yoo (and Berkeley Law) and Professor Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution.  The president still matters, of course, but maybe not as much as the Framers intended.  We ask where does “the buck stop” now that Congress has dispersed executive powers among dozens of beloved “independent administrative agencies.” We explain why the “unitary executive” is not a crazy theory conjured up by Dick Cheney, but is actually the originalist answer to administrative tyranny.  And finally, we cross swords on presidential war powers, with Professor Yoo presenting his robust defense of executive initiative – sending Adam into retreat.  

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  1. Garrett Petersen

    Before this I had never seen or heard John Yoo and Victor Davis Hanson in the same place.  Now I know they’re not the same person.  I’ve still seen neither of them in the same place as Superman or Batman.  Hmm…

  2. Albert Arthur, 16th Earl of Tuftonboro, etc.
    Garrett Petersen: Before this I had never seen or heard John Yoo and Victor Davis Hanson in the same place.  Now I know they’re not the same person.  I’ve still seen neither of them in the same place as Superman or Batman.  Hmm… · 6 minutes ago

    You might be on to something, Garrett.

    Adam, can’t wait to listen!

  3. Anne R. Pierce
    C

    “Emergency powers” makes me think of 20th Century totalitarians and all the horrors.

    On an opposite note,  I so appreciate your sharp wit. Much fun!

  4. Daniel Sattelberger

    On the subject of Richard’s property rights podcast, I’d appreciate it if you guys could release that in the next two months or so as I’m doing a high school project on regulatory takings and would love to have that as a source.  Thanks.

  5. Adam Freedman
    C
    Anne Pierce, Guest Contributor: “Emergency powers” makes me think of 20th Century totalitarians and all the horrors.

    On an opposite note,  I so appreciate your sharp wit. Much fun! · 11 hours ago

    Thanks, Anne!

  6. RPD

    Interesting that none of the principals have an interest in an amendment.  I suggest one that requires all laws to sunset after 20 years. Any law that’s worth while is worth reauthorizing.

  7. RightinChicago

    I just found it more than a bit unsettling that John Yoo read Article 1 Section 10 of The Constitution and skipped some words with the phrase “Blah blah blah”. Is he Bob Loblaw now? I would prefer that, in the future, he use a more dignified manner to skip words in The Constitution. But seriously, great podcast. Wish Victor had said more.

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