Richard Epstein on Barack Obama, his former Chicago Law Colleague- Reason Mag.

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    he speaks on a wide range of topics, of which obama is but a small part, some interesting observations none the less on several issues...its 12 minutes...



    Born in New York in 1943, Epstein splits faculty appointments at the University of Chicago and New York University; he's also a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to Reason. In books such as Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws (1992) to Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995), and Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2003), Epstein pushes his ideas and preconceptions to their limits and takes his readers along for the ride. A die-hard libertarian who believes the state should be limited and individual freedom expanded, he is nonetheless the consummate intellectual who first and foremost demands he offer up ironclad proofs for his characteristically counterintuitive insights into law and social theory.

    Indeed, Epstein's enduring value may not be any particular legal or policy prescription he's offered over the years but rather his methodology. He believes in robust and unfettered argument and debate as a way of gaining knowledge. If you don't put your ideas out in the arena, you can't be doing your best work, he argues. "The problem when you keep to yourself is you don't get to hear strong ideas articulated by people who disagree with you," he says.
    Reason's Nick Gillespie interviewed Epstein at NYU's law building in October. The conversation was wide-ranging and high-energy--another Epsteinian virtue. They talked about legal challenges to ObamaCare, the effects of stimulus spending and TARP bailouts, and a former University of Chicago adjunct faculty member by the name of Barack Obama, with whom Epstein regularly interacted in the 1990s and early 2000s.


    Reason.tv: Richard Epstein on Barack Obama, his former Chicago Law Colleague - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

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    Obama's sycophants have a knack for attributing anything Obama did or did not do in the past, all of the associations he had, were the work of some body double, and can't be held against him.
     
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    He makes allot of sense.
     
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    And being a former collegue of Obama makes this guy what? A good source for an opinion of how the government should be run? Why didn't they ask his ice cream guy? I m not sure how the opinion of this guy matters (as he is not a politician).


    Also a clear example of lousy journalism, you have to try to don't influence the subject with your questions. You might as well give the answer yourself if your questions are too influential towards the answer.

    Instead of asking "Obama s record is lousy, right?" a good journalist asks "What do you think of Obama's record?" and let the person getting interviewed give his opinion and not the journalist.
     
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