Peter Myers

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is always a good occasion to ponder his legacy, which shifts with the lengthening of history and the dramatic changes in the racial politics of our moment. And who better to comment than “Lucretia,” Power Line’s international woman of mystery, along with special guest Peter C. Myers, who is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.

We do our best to cheer Peter up over the Packers loss to the 49ers yesterday, chiefly by drawing on his deep knowledge of civil rights and race relations. He is the author of Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism—simply one of the finest books around on Douglass’s thought—as well as some terrific essays on Martin Luther King Jr, including one we talk about in our conversation here, “The Limits and Dangers of Civil Disobedience: The Case of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” and a related essay, “From Natural Rights to Human Rights—and Beyond.” (Also, for listeners interested in political philosophy, don’t miss Peter’s earlier book, Our Only Star and Compass: Locke and the Struggle for Political Rationality.)

Our wide-ranging conversation covers how students today regard King in the midst of the growing clamor for identity politics, and we also cover some of the latest news about the 1619 Project, and Lucretia and Steve at the end do a wrap up on some of the other news of the moment, including why gun shows are the very model of politeness and courtesy.

 

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  1. Richard Easton Member

    I agree with Lucretia about using gifting as a verb. How absurd, when everything’s a verb.

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    • January 20, 2020, at 6:48 PM PST
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  2. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Yet another comment on production values.

    Lucretia came in much louder than Steve and Peter Meyers. I was turning down the speaker when Lucretia spoke, and turning it back up when she wasn’t, which is distracting and interferes with the enjoyment of what was some excellent commentary.

    I mentioned, the last time I complained, that production values are an afterthought for Steve, and I wished he would put greater importance towards that.

    But here’s a thought. You have a recording out there, where the production quality is less than stellar. Why not go back and correct it?

    If you do that enough times, it will make more sense for you to “measure twice, cut once.”

    And again, I’ll say that, from overall content quality, including the web site posts, I’m a happy Power Line subscriber.

    Like many others, I’m not consuming your content for free, even though I could.

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    • January 20, 2020, at 9:13 PM PST
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  3. Dr.Guido Member

    How disgusting is what follows? It’s an assignment given to my daughter’s baby sitter. She either takes and passes this course or she does not get her AA degree…and the prof has let it be known that he’s not tolerant of views that ‘challenge’ the assignment:

    The Origin and Legal Basis of White Privilege: A Historical Analysis

    Guidelines

    Create a visual presentation that provides an in-depth analysis on how early governmental institutions created and sustained a privileged class of (generally) White men in power at the expense of Native Americans, African-Americans, and Mexicans, effectively imposing a legal system of subordination by force.

    For example, a particular law or laws enacted early in the history of the United States, both as an English colony in the 1600’a and into the late 1700’s and as an independent nation post 1776 until the mid 1800’s, whose only purpose was to discriminate non-Whites. In this context, evaluate if your community or society at large are still being affected by similar discriminatory legal matters. 

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    • January 22, 2020, at 9:19 PM PST
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