Tag: Private Property

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.

Virtue Signaling and Restroom Signs


Let’s say, for a moment, you’re one of the small fraction of a percentage of the population who self-identifies as a gender other than what your biological bits indicate. You don’t want to go into the men’s room because you think you’re actually a woman. But if you go into the women’s restroom, your best-case scenario is scorn and your worst-case scenario is a trip in the back of a cop car.

So you’re worried you can’t go into the restroom without people thinking you might be a child molester? That’s nice. I can’t even enter the building in the first place because people are worried I might be a mass murderer. How’s that for discrimination?

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Lindsey Graham’s wisecrack that Bernie Sanders “went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon and I don’t think he ever came back” is my favorite thus far of this political season. Soon after he said that, though, I started encountering posts from indignant lefties* that, NO, of course The Bern didn’t make a pilgrimage to the USSR. […]

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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: