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Amity Shlaes author of the Forgotten Man

The Great Depression with Amity Shlaes

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Amity Shlaesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 25, 2008

Amity Shlaes challenges the received wisdom that the Great Depression occurred because capitalism broke and that it ended because FDR, and government in general, came to the rescue. According to Shlaes, it was the government that made the Great Depression worse. And was FDR’s progressivism, as evident in the New Deal, really all that new, or was it a step along a progressive continuum that already had been established? (34:39) Video transcript

Richard Brookhiser, senior editor for the National Review

The Founders and Us

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Richard Brookhiservia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 11, 2008

Should we care what the founders would say about modern-day America? Richard Brookhiser says yes. If so, how should we consider some of our thornier contemporary issues in light of what the founders thought, such as “originalism” in constitutional matters, America as a “religious” nation if not a Christian nation, or even the fundamental principles of U.S. foreign policy? Even the bruising political battles currently being waged in Washington may be better understood in the context of the political wars our founders fought when the Republic was born. (32:55) Video transcript

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Paul Gregory's Lenin's Brain on CSPAN's BookTV

via Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Paul R. Gregory's recent book, Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives, was featured on CSPAN's BookTV.

Hanson and Hitchens In Defense of WWII

In Defense of WWII

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, July 28, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens take on the World War II revisionists, focusing first on Patrick J. Buchanan, the author, most recently, of Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. They counter the essential claims in Buchanan’s book that Britain’s guarantee to protect Poland in the event of a German invasion made the war inevitable; that the Holocaust was a consequence of the war and that, without it, the Holocaust may not have occurred; and that Germany invaded Russia only because Britain under Churchill was determined to partner with Russia against Germany. Finally they address two claims made by author Niall Ferguson that “[the Allies] adopted the most brutal tactics of those they were fighting” and that the principal beneficiary of the Second World War was Stalin’s Soviet Union. (39:55) Video transcript

The End of Russia's Oil Boom?

with Michael S. Bernstamvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Andrew McCarthy is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York.

Law & Jihad with Andrew McCarthy

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Andrew McCarthyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, July 14, 2008

“It is crucial to grasp … [the] Islamic notion of freedom, for it is the inverse of the Western conception.” From this central idea, McCarthy discusses the “chasm between the Islam of Western fantasy and the Islam that actually exists,” underscoring the fact that “jihadists are very adept at exploiting the freedoms that are available to them in Western democracies.”

Confronting Islamic extremism, how do we make our strategic behavior -- the rules of war – conform to the rule of law that is essential in maintaining a free society? (33:27) Video transcript

Philip Bobbitt teaches at the University of Texas and at Columbia University

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 30, 2008

Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars for the 21st century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing. During the 20th century it was important that the law and the allied war strategy were separate. According to Bobbitt, “We won the war and then the law followed.” In the current century, however, Bobbitt says, our challenge is to unite the two: law and war strategy must meet because we are now fighting to protect what free people have the lawful right to do. But how do we strengthen the power of government to protect us and at the same time protect civil and human rights? (32:00) Video transcript

Douglas Feith is a professor at Georgetown University

War Policy with Douglas Feith

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Douglas Feithvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 27, 2008

"Bush lied, people died”; “Bush came into office intent on launching a war in Iraq”; “There was no plan for postwar Iraq” are just three charges in the prevailing narrative that has emerged since the beginning of the Iraq war. In refuting them, Doug Feith offers a firsthand insight into the decision-making process at the Pentagon in the lead-up to the war and during its first few years. He also discusses the wars greatest blunders – failure to provide adequate security after Saddam’s fall and the decision to maintain an occupation government in Iraq for over a year – as well as the tremendous shortcomings in pre-war intelligence. Finally, almost seven years after the September 11 attacks, he addresses whether the United States government is changing fast enough to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century security environment. (35:35) Video transcript

Former U.S. secretary of state George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution

George Shultz: The Hoover Institution and Nuclear Freedom

via Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 27, 2008

George P. Shultz comments on the philosophy of the Hoover Institution in getting involved in conferences around the world which seek to advance the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum

The Middle East with Daniel Pipes

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Daniel Pipesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 9, 2008

Is Islam a religion of peace? What should we do about Iran — or, more specifically, an Iran with nuclear weapons? Why is it in our national interest to support Israel? In answering these and other questions about the thorniest issues confronting the United States in the Middle East, Daniel Pipes provides some surprising answers. Among them, Pipes asserts that Israel is quite capable of standing up to a nuclear Iran on its own. (30:49) Video transcript