Type: Speech

The Strategic Value of Intelligence to Confront 21st-Century Threats

October 27, 2016
by Mike Rogers

The biggest threat facing the United States, amidst vastly changed security structures, is miscalculation. The U.S. has an ability to leverage away from that miscalculation: first, with an aggressive diplomatic core that is engaged everywhere in the world, all the time; and second, with good intelligence. Ongoing threats to security, …

Terrorism and the Bill of Rights: Suicide Pact or Not?

October 25, 2016
by Michael Mukasey

Just as knowledge of the actual Constitution seems to fade, expressions of concern from both the left and the right over what is said to be unconstitutional behavior by the government seem to get constantly sharper, particularly in response to measures the government has taken to safeguard the country in …

The Misapplication of Malthus

October 18, 2016
by Matt Ridley

Malthus was a good and clever man. But Malthusian ideas pursued in his name are cruel and wrong. The poor laws were wrong; British attitudes to famine in India and Ireland were wrong; eugenics was wrong; the Holocaust was wrong; India’s sterilization programme was wrong; China’s one-child policy was wrong. …

Pursuing Freedom and Democracy: Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

August 12, 2016
by Lee Edwards, Edwin Meese III, Alan Charles Kors, and George Weigel

The Cold War (1945–1991) was a crucial conflict in American and world history. At stake was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism, led by the Soviet Union, or inspired by the principles of economic and political freedom, embodied in the United States. Reagan knew that …

Thinking Seriously About China

July 7, 2016
by Franklin L. Lavin

For Americans, China is sometimes an intellectual construct, at times viewed with respect for its economic growth, wariness regarding its international assertiveness, concern over exchange rates and intellectual property rights, or admiration for its culture and its history. In recent years, the news out of China seems disproportionately negative, be …

Freedom and Obligation—2016 Commencement Address

June 1, 2016
by Clarence Thomas

Our era is one in which different treatment or different outcomes are inherently suspect. It is all too commonly thought that we all deserve the same reward or the same status, notwithstanding the differences in our efforts or in our abilities. This is why we hear so often about what …

Accelerating Cures: Addressing Unmet Patient Need or Putting Patients at Risk

May 23, 2016
by Scott Gottlieb

A confluence of scientific advances has exposed the biological basis of more diseases. These advances have enabled new approaches to drug development. It’s allowing us to target diseases in highly novel ways. We’ve been able to expose more maladies to targeted drug development. These methods are changing the contours of …

The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve

May 11, 2016
by Allan H. Meltzer

Discretionary policy is costly and has cost our country. The best reform is a rule based policy of moderation. That would benefit our economy and be a step toward greater exchange rate stability. The dollar remains the world’s principal currency. A monetary rule here would encourage others to make a …

The Magna Carta, Due Process, and Administrative Power

March 23, 2016
by Philip Hamburger

Magna Carta’s importance lies in what it reveals about the enduring danger of absolute power and the repeated constitutional responses in common law countries of its substitute—rule under law. Article 39 of Magna Carta in particular stands at the head of our constitutional understanding of the due process of law. …