Tag: Uncommon Knowledge

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sir Roger Scruton 1944-2020

Sir Roger Scruton

Philosopher, scholar, academic, and perhaps the most articulate conservative of our time, Sir Roger Scruton died this morning, a victim of cancer.

Conservatism, he held, means, above all, protecting what we hold dear—it means conserving. This view made Scruton a champion of freedom (during the Cold War, he smuggled books into Eastern Europe, assisting the Czech freedom movement in particular). It also made him a champion of beauty (read his work on the glories of European architecture), tradition (although never a believer, he admired the Church of England’s music and liturgy), and a patriot of a the most impressive kind (a proponent of Brexit, he devoted much of his final years to explaining, calmly, that centuries of development had given Britain a distinctive character, including a distinctive form of self-government, that was well worth withdrawing from the European Union to preserve).

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Empowering Students with Betsy DeVos


What’s wrong with public education in the United States? Betsy DeVos, US secretary of education, analyzes the role of government in the US education system and the changes she’s making to the Department of Education. She discusses her proposal to overhaul the federal education system by rolling back government overreach from the previous administration. She argues that states and parents need to be empowered to make better informed and flexible decisions for where students attend schools. Her plan is to offer states the opportunity to enroll in an optional tax-credit program that would enable more parents to choose where their children go to school, including charter schools.

Secretary DeVos briefly touches on Title IX. She argues that, even though one sexual assault on a college campus is too many, better protections need to be put into place for the accused to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Peter Robinson and Secretary DeVos also discuss the trials of working in her current position and her dedication to serving the parents and students of the United States.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Defending the Nation with Secretary of Defense James Mattis


In his first televised interview in almost a year, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss a wide range of issues facing the United States Armed Forces at home and across the globe.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Senator Portman on Why the New Tax Bill Helps the Middle Class


On Election Day in 2016, Donald Trump carried Ohio by eight percentage points. Our guest today carried the state by twenty-one. Senator of Ohio Rob Portman joins Peter Robinson at a special live taping of Uncommon Knowledge. They discuss the 2018 tax bill, the opioid crisis, the Parkland shootings, North Korea, and much more.

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I would love for the beautiful people of Ricochet.com to check out my latest podcast. Next on Thinking It Through: I get the chance to interview Mr. Peter Robinson, Hoover Institution Research Fellow and host of Uncommon Knowledge. We speak about what led him to being a speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge at the Reagan Library


Sunday afternoon 500-600 people gathered at the Ronald Reagan Library for a live edition of Uncommon Knowledge. A large contingent of Ricoteers was in the audience, and if you didn’t make it, we missed you! Our beloved Peter Robinson was interviewed by Ricochet contributor and all-around lovely guy, Pat Sajak, who is also known for playing hangman on TV.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Kori Schake On Civil-Military Relations


In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake talks with me about her book Warriors and Citizens that she coauthored with General James Mattis, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of maintaining a world-class military managing worldwide issues with an all-volunteer force.

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Whetting Your Appetite for Sasse


There have been quite a few posts here at Ricochet lately that have expressed enthusiasm for the junior senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse — and eagerness to learn more about him. In the your-wish-is-our-command department, this very day the Blue Yeti and I taped an episode of Uncommon Knowledge with the good senator.

Much more to follow, obviously, but I can tell you this much right now. You’re going to like what you hear.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell


Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central heating, and cell phones. The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Sowell argues dramatically increased once welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘Uncommon Knowledge’ Flashback: Kevin McCarthy on the GOP House


House majority leader Kevin McCarthy is being mentioned as a possible replacement for departing Speaker of the House John Boehner. In this Uncommon Knowledge interview recorded a year ago, Peter Robinson sits down with the Bakersfield congressman to discuss his role in the House, the future of California, and actions taken on the border. McCarthy began his own business at age 19, eventually went on to work in the California State Assembly, and was elected to Congress in 2006.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Hewitt and Yoo on the Constitution


In the newest episode of Uncommon Knowledge, I sit across the table from two extraordinarily gifted legal minds, both of whom served at the highest levels of government before their departure for the academy: Chapman law professor and nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt and UC Berkeley’s John Yoo. This conversation was recorded in the spring, and intervening events have in some sense made the professors’ predictions about the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling and the nuclear deal with Iran all the more interesting. Have a look below:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: The Incomparable Richard Epstein


Is there anything I need to say about the new episode of Uncommon Knowledge? For this conversation (taped before the recent blockbuster Supreme Court decisions), I sat across the table from Richard Epstein. We turned the cameras on. The rest — as Ricochet readers well know — took care of itself:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Senator John Hoeven on Energy


In the newest installment of Uncommon Knowledge — filmed earlier this year in Washington — I sit down with North Dakota Senator (and former governor) John Hoeven for a master class on energy policy. The Keystone pipeline, fracking, how domestic energy policy affects America’s dealings with the Middle East — Senator Hoeven covers it all in our conversation below.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Tom Cotton on Whether He Still Thinks the Editors of the New York Times Should be Behind Bars


The first time that most Americans heard of now-Senator Tom Cotton was in 2006, when, while serving as a lieutenant in Iraq, he wrote a famous letter to the New York Times upbraiding them for publishing the secret details of the federal government’s anti-terrorist financing program. The conclusion of that letter: “By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.” In this final clip from our recent conversation on Uncommon Knowledge, I ask him, at the remove of nearly a decade, if he still stands by those words:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Tom Cotton on the Threat From Iran


In this excerpt from my recent conversation with Senator Tom Cotton for Uncommon Knowledge, I ask him to diagnose the dangers posed by Iran. The most chilling part of his answer: the idea that Tehran need not even complete work on a nuclear weapon in order to throw the region—and, by extension, the world—into chaos.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Tom Cotton on the Road Not Taken


As I prepared for my recent Uncommon Knowledge interview with newly-elected Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, this thought jumped out at me: at 37 years of age, with a couple of Harvard degrees to his name, a new wife, and a baby on the way, Tom Cotton is—on paper—the kind of guy you’d expect to be making a killing on Wall Street or a white shoe law firm. Instead, he’s opted for professional politics. Why? His answer below:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: James Mattis on Why the War in Afghanistan Isn’t Over


In this final clip from our recent conversation on Uncommon Knowledge, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis argues that the war in Afghanistan is far from over — and that it won’t be until the Taliban is either defeated or reconciled to the Afghan constitution.