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Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley—The Rational Optimist

with Matt Ridleyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 6, 2010

A former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine, Matt Ridley is a journalist and best-selling author whose books include Genome:  The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.  His most recent book is The Rational Optimist:  How Prosperity Evolves.

Prince Hans-Adam II

H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II – The State in the Third Millennium

with Prince Hans-Adam IIvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 22, 2010

Since 1989, H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II has reigned in Liechtenstein. Comprising 62 square miles nestled between Austria and Switzerland with a population of about 35,000, Liechtenstein is one of the world’s smallest nations—but has the highest per capita GDP in the world. The head of a family that traces its history back more than 900 years, to the beginning of the second millennium, Prince Hans-Adam is the author of a new book, The State in the Third Millennium.

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Gary Becker—The Economist’s Economist

with Gary S. Beckervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 8, 2010

A professor at the University of Chicago for more than 30 years, Gary Becker is a founder of the Chicago school of economics. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal and of the Nobel Prize in Economics, he is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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Daniel Hannan—A Letter of Warning to America

with Stubvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 29, 2010

A journalist and author, Daniel Hannan has been a British member of the European Parliament since 1999. He first came to wide notice in the United States when he made a speech on the floor of the European Parliament addressing the then-prime minister of Great Britain, Gordon Brown, about his disastrous economic policies. Hannan’s latest book is A New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America.

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson — The New Old World Order

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 15, 2010

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, professor of classics, and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of more than a dozen and a half books. His most recent volumes are Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, which Dr. Hanson edited, and The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, a volume of Dr. Hanson’s own essays.

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Thatcher & More with Claire Berlinski

with Claire Berlinskivia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 1, 2010

Since earning a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, author and journalist Claire Berlinski has lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, and France; she now lives in Istanbul. Her most recent book is There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.

Harvey Mansfield — The Left on Campus

with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harvey Mansfield, the Carol G. Simon Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, discusses why Ivy League institutions as well as most colleges and universities in America today lean categorically to the left.

Mississippi governor Haley Barbour

Politics with Haley Barbour

with Haley Barbourvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 30, 2010

In 2003 Haley Barbour was elected governor of Mississippi, becoming only the second Republican governor since Reconstruction. In 2007 he won reelection to a second and final term. Since June of last year, Governor Barbour has served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.

Thomas Sowell – Dismantling America

with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 16, 2010

Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dismantling America.

Michael Barone

Michael Barone

with Michael Baronevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 2, 2010

Journalist, pundit, and scholar, Michael Barone is the senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, a frequent commentator on Fox News, and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.


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