RealClear Radio Hour – Constitutional Protections and the Digital Self

27 Apr

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April 25, 2015

Protecting the Digital Self

Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, discusses the threats to digital privacy from government agencies demanding greater access to our data for reasons ranging from safety and security to fairness. Rather than take government assurances at face value, O’Connor believes technology, specifically the “Internet of people,” offers a better solution to online threats.

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Constitutional Protections

Randy Barnett, Professor of Legal Theory and Director of the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law, pits the two prevailing interpretations of the Constitution against one another—majoritarian protection of the collective will vs. sovereign individual rights. On privacy issues, Barnett discusses his wariness of mission creep and possible future government abuses of data.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Taxes and IRS Conspiracy

20 Apr

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Taxes and IRS Conspiracy

April 18, 2015

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, discusses his new book, End the IRS Before It ends Us: How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America, and argues that the Obama campaign sicced the IRS on the Tea Party groups to influence the 2012 election. He also addresses the crucial question: What size tax burden is necessary for effective government?

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RealClear Radio Hour – Privacy v. Security

19 Apr

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Privacy v. Security

April 18, 2015

General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and the NSA and current Principal at the Chertoff Group, weighs privacy concerns and national security decisions. Hayden argues that American success to date in stopping the proliferation of terror has made many people complacent, encouraging them to denounce blanket data collection.

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Daily Caller – How To Become A Member Of A Protected Class

15 Apr

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How To Become A Member Of A Protected Class

I was first introduced to the concept of a Protected Class, and the power of Affirmative Action, as a young engineer at Bell Labs in the late 1970s. Not long before I joined the company, AT&T signed a consent decree with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that obligated the country’s then-largest private employer to hit specific goals and timetables for hiring women in traditionally male jobs, men in traditionally female jobs, and minorities in jobs in which they had been traditionally underrepresented. This consent decree became a template for subsequent Affirmative Action programs that exist to this day in employment, education, housing, banking, and other sectors of our economy.

To get the largely white male engineers at Bell Labs to accommodate themselves to the program, the company required us to attend what became known as “white male guilt sessions,” where a paid professional activist would berate us for our sins. Not our sins, actually — after all, most of us were fresh out of school — but past sins of people who looked like us, not against the women and minorities employed alongside us, but against people who looked like them in days gone by.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Live from London

12 Apr

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April 11, 2015

Will the EU Survive?

Cornelia Meyer, independent economist, energy expert, and Chairman and CEO of MRL Corporation, assesses the European Union’s challenges of governance and prescribes fiscal policy alignment and deeper coordination and control across the EU to avoid the risk of sovereign defaults.

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Anglo Cultural Traditions

Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England and author of Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, traces the first incarnation of society based on the consent of the governed—built on a foundation of ordered liberty, individual autonomy, and common law as opposed to state-led control.

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Daily Caller – Peak Narrative: The Iranian Nuke Deal That Wasn’t

8 Apr

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President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry, with the cooperation of the mainstream media, are attempting to pull off a coup. No, not against Congress, but against reality. Headlines blare “Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline” and “Iran Nuclear Deal Is First Step to Mending Ties.”

Wait a minute. What deal?

Where is the signed piece of paper – any signed piece of paper – upon which all the negotiators have placed their signatures under the same words, English and Farsi translations side by side? You can read dozens of news reports and analyses, but figuring out that such a signed document does not exist is like finding the dog that didn’t bark.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Easter Weekend Special

5 Apr

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April 4, 2015

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), discusses his recent e-book, Was Jesus a Socialist?, and the political philosophy of bible parables, including the golden rule and the Sermon on the Mount.

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Liberty and Religion

Dr. Samuel Gregg, the Acton Institute’s director of research, discusses the relationship between economic and religious liberty and the belief in building a type of world that prefigures the Christian idea of the next life.

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