Wednesday, December 14, 2011

GWorks Interviews: Kent Greenfield

In this five-part interview, Kent Greenfield discusses his latest book, The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits (Yale University Press, 2011).

Part One: Constraints: Biology, Neurology, Culture & Choice Describing the book and how biology, neurology and culture affect choice.

Part Two: Constraints Continued: Power, Markets & Choice How power and markets affect choice.

Part Three: Health Care: Choice Implied & Applied Understanding choice generally might affect a public policy issue like health care.

Part Four: A Perfect Game of Choice What a baseball player and Supreme Court justices have to do with choice.

Part Five: Conclusion: The Good, the Bad & The Choice How the idea that choice is constrained relates to our desire to morality and a political climate in which politicians use the threat to shut down government as a bargaining position.

Kent Greenfield is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he “teaches and writes in the areas of business law, constitutional law, decision making theory, legal theory, and economic analysis of law.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

GWorks Interviews: Adam Winkler

In GWorks Interviews: Adam Winkler, Professor Adam Winkler discusses the history and jurisprudence of the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms."

Adam Winkler is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and author of Gun Fight: The Battle of the Right to Bears Arms in America, a history of the Second Amendment.

Part One: Heller District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 landmark Supreme Court decision that established an individual right "to keep and bear Arms."

Part Two: A Triumph of Originalism Heller's reasoning, dissents and potential importance.

Part Three: States & Rights How the Second Amendment affects the states and what the gun cases say about understanding constitutional rights.

Part Four: Guns, History & Understanding The history of guns in America and its impact on understanding guns and gun control.

Part Five: Government, Guns & Race The relation of government, guns and race.

Part Six: Conclusions What surprised Professor Winkler in his research and what the Second Amendment says about who we are.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

StewBeef & Rummy: Jon Stewart Interviews Donald Rumsfeld

I love you, Jon Stewart! Really. I do.

And so, my curiosity and anticipation heightened when I found out at that you would interview former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (on Wednesday 23 February 2011), who is making the rounds to promote his new memoir, Known and Unknown.

I had begun to wonder—only a little bit—what you were doing with the Rally to Restore Sanity. I did not think you had jumped the shark. But, I did wonder if you were putting on the water skis.

I think my wondering had more to do with assumptions about what you must be doing. No one could actually have a rally on the National Mall and not turn it into a giant political movement. In this age of ceaseless branding, that is what you would do with the 15 or 250,000 people who show up in response to you saying, "Hey! Show up!"