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Geopolitical Consequences of the Credit Crunch

with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Professor and historian Niall Ferguson asks what the ramifications of the subprime crisis will be in the realm of grand strategy and politics.

Is this an historical turning point, marking a decisive shift in financial power from West to East? Or are rumours of the death of the dollar and the decline of American empire exaggerated? (46:55)

Richard Epstein, Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and a University of Chicago law professor

Richard Epstein: Weathering the Financial Storm

via Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein discusses “Weathering the Financial Storm on Wall Street and Main Street.” (55:00)

Fouad Ajami is a professor and director of the Middle East Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Fouad Ajami - In the Shadow of Iraq

via Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fouad Ajami discusses “In the Shadow of Iraq: A Reading of the Arabs. ” (50:41)

Equality Man

Equality Man

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Ward Connerlyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 20, 2008

In 1995 Connerly campaigned for Proposition 209, which would make it illegal for the state of California to discriminate on the basis of race, intending to end the state’s affirmative action programs. The proposition passed. Since then, Connerly, having won passage of such measures in Washington State and Michigan, has continued the fight. In discussing the battle to end racial preferences, Connerly notes that “the establishment is always at odds with the people on issues involving race.” Martin Luther King, says Connerly, would likely have supported affirmative action back in the 1960s, but were he alive today, he’d say, “We’re beyond that now.” Would a President Obama agree? Connerly weighs in. (33:19) Video transcript

Christopher Buckley

Anything Goes with Chris Buckley

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Christopher Buckleyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 13, 2008

In this wide-ranging interview, bouncing from the comic to the serious and back again, Christopher Buckley comments on the new media, politics, Republicans, the war, spending, McCain, Obama, and American life. After rating the speechifying of Obama, McCain, Palin, and Biden, he concludes with reflections on life with William F. Buckley. (29:15) Video transcript

Rev. Charles J. Chaput

Politics and Catholics with Archbishop Charles Chaput

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Charles J. Chaputvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 22, 2008

According to the New York Times “A struggle within the church over just how Catholic voters should think about abortion is once again flaring up just as political partisans prepare an all-out battle for the votes of Mass-going Catholics.” Archbishop Chaput weighs into this battle, taking on the thorny issue of where to draw the line between church and state, particularly for Catholics. The archbishop also answers critics who speak of misbegotten forays by the church into other political battles as well as the challenges the Catholic Church faces as its influence declines in American life. (41:28) Video transcript

The Third Russian Financial Crash Coming

with Michael S. Bernstamvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Falling Oil, Sinking Rouble

with Michael S. Bernstamvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Andrew Klavan

The World According to Andrew Klavan

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Andrew Klavanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 8, 2008

From his vantage point inside Hollywood and the arts and from the perspective of a writer whose work is imbued with religious themes, Klavan deconstructs the Left’s argument that Western civilization — from its embrace of capitalism to its foundations in Judeo-Christian doctrine to its traditions of personal liberty — is in error and needs to go. Klavan says “that argument has failed spectacularly, in every way” and that, when you do not relinquish a failed argument, all you have left is insult and ridicule. (39:22) Video transcript

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John McCain: An Enduring Peace

via Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

In the first week of his official presidential campaign, Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain paid a visit to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University to talk about America's suffering international image, his proposal for a &ld1uo;League of Democracies” and his support for pressing on with additional troops in Iraq.