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The Libertarian Podcast by Richard Epstein

The Libertarian Podcast

by Richard Epstein

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Libertarian podcast series that features the inimitable Richard Epstein offering his unique perspective on national developments in public policy and the law. Tune in each week to hear Epstein’s take on breaking news stories.

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  • North Korea and Trump’s Foreign Policy
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    Richard Epstein considers the pros and cons of America’s newfound diplomatic engagement with North Korea, and discusses related issues of trade, human rights, and presidential power. 

  • Religious Liberty and the Masterpiece verdict
    Mon, Jun 11, 2018

    Richard Epstein explores the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay marriage ceremony, critiques the judicial style of Anthony Kennedy, and explains how anti-discrimination laws have expanded beyond a useful scope.

  • The (Self) Pardon Power?
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    Richard Epstein explains what the Constitution says about President Trump’s ability to pardon himself, grapples with the constitutional standards for impeachment, and warns about the political excesses being engendered by the Mueller investigation.

  • Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, and the Supreme Court
    Fri, Jun 01, 2018

    Richard Epstein reacts to the recent Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis, defending the right of employers to use arbitration and avoid class action lawsuits.

  • Peace in the Middle East?
    Thu, May 24, 2018

    Richard Epstein examines the recent violence in Gaza and explains the hopelessness of current Middle East peace initiatives.

  • Reasonable Disagreements: Trade-War Debate: Richard Epstein vs Adam White
    Wed, May 23, 2018

    On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that “we’re putting the trade war [with China] on hold.” Meanwhile the NAFTA renegotiations seem to be stalling. Professors Epstein and White debate trade policy in theory and practice. Featuring cameo appearances by Ricardo, Keynes, Lincoln, Hamilton, Clay, Mnuchin, and Trump.

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  • Mueller’s Mistakes
    Tue, May 08, 2018

    Richard Epstein analyzes the latest developments in the Russia investigation and delivers a withering judgment as to how the Mueller team has performed thus far.

  • North Korea, Iran, and American Foreign Policy
    Wed, May 02, 2018

    Richard Epstein analyzes Donald Trump’s recent gambits on North Korea and Iran, contrasts the Trump Administration’s approach to foreign policy with the Obama Administration’s, and explains how contract theory should inform negotiations with Pyongyang.

  • The Behaviorist Temptation
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018

    Ten years after the release of Nudge, the volume that popularized behavioral economics, Richard Epstein considers the shortcomings of the behaviorist school and the concept of “libertarian paternalism.” (Playing time: 20:26)

  • The Economics of Amazon
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018

    Richard Epstein parses President Trump’s economic criticisms of Amazon — and examines a Supreme Court case that will determine how online retailers pay taxes. (Playing time: 17:16)

  • The Cohen Raid
    Wed, Apr 11, 2018

    Richard Epstein breaks down the legal rationales that may — or may not — have justified the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. He also examines the broader trajectory of the Mueller investigation. Whose job is in more danger: Mueller’s or Trump’s? (Playing time: 21:10)

  • The Unintended Consequences of Anti-Discrimination Laws
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018

    Richard Epstein discusses the history behind America’s anti-discrimination laws and explains why they’re not well-suited for the modern economy. (Playing time: 20:23)

  • Repeal the Second Amendment?
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018

    Richard Epstein reacts to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ suggestion that the Second Amendment be repealed — and explains why the constitutional arguments about guns may point in a different direction than the policy arguments. (Playing time: 17:36)

  • The Public Pension Crisis
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018

    Richard Epstein explains how public pensions came to be a ticking time bomb for states and cities throughout the U.S., what the financial ramifications are, and why the road to reform is so perilous. (Playing time: 20:24)

  • Trade, Tariffs, and Trump
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    Richard Epstein contrasts two recent actions by the Trump Administration — the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, and the blocking of a foreign company’s attempts to take over an American tech firm — to demonstrate when national security concerns justify restrictions on trade … and when they don’t. (Playing time: 18:14)

  • Free Speech on College Campuses
    Thu, Mar 08, 2018

    Richard Epstein looks at how attempts to suppress conservative speakers on college campuses intersects with the First Amendment, and calls on 50 years of experience as a university professor to diagnose how liberal activism has changed over the years. (Playing time: 24:28)

  • The Supreme Court and Public Sector Unions
    Fri, Mar 02, 2018

    Richard Epstein looks at Janus v. AFSCME, a Supreme Court case out of Illinois with the potential to dramatically reduce the power of public sector unions. (Playing time: 20:24)

  • The Florida Shooting, Gun Control, and the Second Amendment
    Wed, Feb 21, 2018

    In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Richard Epstein provides his legal analysis of where Second Amendment jurisprudence went wrong and explains what policy options might actually help to ease gun violence — and why real solutions are devilishly hard to come by. (Playing time: 23:45)

  • The Future of Obamacare
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018

    Richard Epstein describes a potentially groundbreaking healthcare case out of Idaho, where insurers are looking to give consumers more options than are currently allowed under the Affordable Care Act. (Playing time: 20:51)

  • The Nunes Memo and the Mueller Investigation
    Thu, Feb 08, 2018

    Richard Epstein parses the memo recently released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, a document that they claim shows impropriety in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. (Playing time: 19:20)

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