Tag: Eminent Domain

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We should have known this was coming, because the left thinks guns kill people.  Nonetheless, it turns out the Biden Administration and Congress have declared some highways to be racist: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/04/01/joe-biden-infrastructure-bill-includes-20-billion-fund-to-destroy-racist-highways/ Preview Open

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Richard Epstein on Classical Liberalism, the Administrative State, Free Speech, and Silicon Valley Regulation

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had legendary classical liberal legal theorist and longtime professor at University of Chicago Law School and now at NYU Law — and prodigious Ricochet podcaster Professor Richard Epstein on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The role that Professor Epstein’s famous book, “Takings” played in Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing — and then-Senator Joe Biden’s hectoring
  • Professor Epstein’s groundbreaking theories on private property rights, eminent domain and the Takings and Commerce Clauses
  • The practical argument against progressivism
  • Whether we should deconstruct the administrative state, and if so how to do it
  • The danger to free speech emanating from college campuses in a world of microaggressions, trigger warnings, de-platforming
  • The folly of regulating Silicon Valley social media companies
  • Classical liberalism versus socialism and libertarianism

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found or download the episode directly here.

Richard Epstein looks at how the modern regulatory regime has slowed development and hindered infrastructure projects.

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Back in 2005, my family lived in Groton, Connecticut, where my enlisted Navy husband worked at the sub base. I found a job at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ New London headquarters, editing and preparing documents for the FDA. Good job, but every morning for the first month my work commute took me through a crowd of protesters. There […]

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The Candidates Were Wrong to Take the Pledge

 
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At the first Republican debate in August, the candidates were asked whether they’d pledge support for whomever won the Republican nomination. Famously, Donald Trump refused (he since relented), while all the other candidates so promised. For once, Trump was entirely in the right and all the other candidates were entirely in the wrong: each and every one of them should have explicitly sworn never to support this gold-gilded clown for any public office.

The Libertarian Podcast: Understanding Property Rights

 

In the latest installment of The Libertarian podcast, Professor Epstein takes us through a thorough consideration of the issue of property rights: how the Founders thought about them, when the courts started distorting them, and what can be done to restore them to reasonable strength. Take a listen: