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Liberty, Equality, and Tocqueville

Short video featuring James Poulos
James Poulos June 15, 2017

What advice does Alexis de Tocqueville offer to Americans on questions of liberty and equality? James Poulos explains what Americans can learn about themselves from Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and how the rootedness of our hearts can secure our own liberty in a changing democratic society.

In "The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves" (2017), journalist and scholar James Poulos translates Tocqueville’s advice for a contemporary audience, illuminating us on how Tocqueville views the relationship friendship between friendship and freedom in today's society.

Privacy v. Freedom of the Press

Short video featuring Irina Manta
Irina D. Manta June 06, 2017

What is the proper balance between the right to privacy and freedom of speech? Prof. Irina Manta of Hofstra University presents the legal arguments on both sides of the issue, presenting the Gawker media case as an example of newsworthiness in the decision of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Constitutional War Power: The Founders' Framework

Short video featuring Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow June 02, 2017

What kind of war power does the Constitution grant the President? Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, outlines the framework that the American founders placed around the limits of the Executive branch to exercise the power to declare war.

Campaign Finance & Free Speech

Short video featuring John O. McGinnis
John O. McGinnis May 26, 2017

What are the limits on campaign financing under the First Amendment? Professor John O. McGinnis at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law discusses the issues at stake in the debate over campaign finance laws.

What is a Regulatory Taking?

Short video featuring Eric Claeys
Eric R. Claeys May 23, 2017

How does the Takings Clause apply to regulations? Prof. Eric Claeys, Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, gives an overview of the Takings Clause and explains how it applies to disputes between property owners and regulators imposing scenic or aesthetic restrictions on property use.