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The ACLU’s Free Speech Problem

The ACLU’s Free Speech Problem

June 10, 2021

Richard Epstein discusses the rise and fall of the ACLU, including its heroic efforts during desegregation and the Civil Rights movement, and its less than heroic metamorphosis into a partisan organization overrun by identity politics.

Global Corporate Tax Rates

Global Corporate Tax Rates

June 8, 2021

Richard Epstein explains why corporate tax rates in other countries affect companies here in the United States, weighs in on the President Biden’s proposed tax increases, and gives advice for the lonely few who still want to limit government spending.

Abortion and the Supreme Court: A History

Abortion and the Supreme Court: A History

May 27, 2021

Richard Epstein traces the history of the Supreme Court on abortion, from the day before Roe v. Wade to today, when a new case out of Mississippi raises the prospect that the landmark ruling may be overturned. Also, stay tuned to the end of the podcast for a special announcement.

Conflict in the Middle East

Conflict in the Middle East

May 20, 2021

Richard Epstein analyzes the recent outbreak of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East, and the viability of Palestinian claims based on the “right of return.”

The Post-Pandemic Economy

The Post-Pandemic Economy

May 15, 2021

Richard Epstein examines the economic issues coming to the fore with the end of the COVID pandemic: a sluggish labor market, inflation fears, tax increases, and the future of American infrastructure.

Vaccines, Public Health, and Intellectual Property

Vaccines, Public Health, and Intellectual Property

May 6, 2021

Richard Epstein dissects the recent proposal to remove patent protection for COVID vaccines as a way to make them more affordable for the developing world — and explains why the patent system is one of the most underappreciated sources of American dynamism.

Biden’s Tax-and-Spend Excesses

Biden’s Tax-and-Spend Excesses

April 29, 2021

Richard Epstein analyzes a raft of progressive tax proposals: big increases to capital gains and corporate tax rates, plus the continuing quest to repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions. Then a look at the other side of the ledger: what consequences should we expect from the Biden Administration’s torrent of new spending proposals?

Anti-Discrimination Laws vs. Freedom of Association

Anti-Discrimination Laws vs. Freedom of Association

April 22, 2021

Richard Epstein analyzes the Equality Act, a progressive proposal that would expand the definition of sex discrimination and set the stage for a legal battle between trans activists and advocates for religious liberty.

Amazon and Organized Labor

Amazon and Organized Labor

April 15, 2021

Richard Epstein analyzes why a recent effort to unionize an Amazon facility in Alabama went down to a lopsided defeat, parses congressional Democrats’ new labor legislation, and explains why the zero-sum mindset behind private-sector union efforts are likely to fail.

Infrastructure Delusions

Infrastructure Delusions

April 8, 2021

Richard Epstein analyzes the Biden Administration’s sweeping infrastructure proposal, including its attempts to redefine transfer payments as vital public investments, its push for widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and its suggestion that corporations should be subject to a global minimum tax.

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