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nowhere. thank you for that.>> tv every sunday on c-span2 or anytime online at book tv.org. television for serious readers. >> c-span has unfiltered coverage of the us response to russia's invasion of ukraine bringing the latest from the president and other white house officials, gone and state department as well as congress. we also have international perspectives from the united nations and statements from
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foreign leaders on the c-span network the free mobile app and c-span.org/ukraine our web resource page where you can watch the latest videos on demand and follow to from journalists on the ground. go to c-span.org/ukraine. >> it is so great to sit down with you to talk about your book and really the first thing i want to ask is how do you approach your world as a writer and particular a political writer . >> the first thing a political writer ought to be aware of in politics is how to be part of most people's lives. it should be a big part of the life of a healthy society so that if i don't write a score of columns on books, and another score on culture matters i'm not doing my job. politically the country is obsessed with the presidency
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and the presidency above everything else although the head of one of our three branches of government. is job was outlined in article 2 is to take care of the laws are faithfully executed which makes them definitionally secondary to those who make the laws in progress. but we have this swollen presidency that tends to absorb all the energies of the country and alot of the space . so the first half of the political columnists is to say i'm not really apolitical columnist . and in a lot of ways. >>. >> i've always stood out about you that a younger person coming up is that i think there's a lot of temptation for political writers to score points rather than make points but you and maybe it's because you focus on the people who don't pay attention to politics. then you can take a broader focus back. but do you think people
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should focus more on being observers or perhaps advocates? because there's always a purpose to what you're doing . >> to be observers first. that ought to stand understand what's going on in the country before they make judgments and they want to do what i tried to do. and there in mind that the emphasis in cultural judicial legislative political, there are occasions will receive but there's a principle involved and when i tried to find a nugget of a larger constitutional, legal, moral. that will remain and focus on that. it makes the experience richer and more nursing. >> so many of your writings, i remembered that you call lucky the most consequential writer of the 20th century.
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excuse me. you would remember your columns. >>. >> of course he had a purpose with national review and the things he was advocating for. why did you call him the most consequential writer? >> before ronald reagan there was barry goldwater captured the republican party. before there was barry goldwater there was the national review at a denomination possible and for there was thenational review was a spark in the mind of a young yale graduate bill buckley . bill buckley won the cold war. >> that's consequential. >> that's certainly a compressed version, yes. but t ideas have consequences. bill made conservative ideas accessible but he brought cheerfulness to the business of political arguments that's
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missing these days. >> how important is that? >> when barry goldwater or i cast my first presidential vote in 1964, when he first went into politics i think he was running for city council ofphoenix . he wrote a letter to his brother that said politics if it weren't for lies it might be fun. it pretty much turned out to be like for him but it certainly was fun. >> why do you keep it fun? >> first of all writing about is fun. i love to write e. i'm a compulsive writer. i write 100 columns a year and i'm always drawn to the courts in the process but i happen to like politics. i like a lot of politicians. and i dislike some. i dislike some of their attributes but i admire the business we have to have politics. we have to have government, have to have laws and therefore we have to have ornament.
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the whole culture of democracy is about a culture of persuasion and argument is fun. if you like argument you picked the wrong country because we argue about everything the way it up to be. >> there's a difference between making arguments and fights which i think a lot of people are tempted to do now because social media and things like that explicitly reward that. they call it engagement how do you always stay focused on making the argument in a fun way because politics, you can get very invested. the stakes are very high these days as you all know. how do you stay detached enough that it is fun and you can have ahappy warrior attitude when you sit down at the computer every day ? >> first bear in mind that what seems earthshaking today is not really earthshaking i recently turned 80 and one of the nice things working for the second nice thing but the
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first nice thing about turning 80 is you look back and say what was it that happened in the carter administration that had me so excited? why was i so exercised about something .gerald ford did. i can'tthremember and that's chasing it in a way but it also makes you take a deep breath . >> one of the things that i admire and i think so many other people do about your writing is you have a happy attitude but you're not afraid to confront very complex problems. and as i was flipping through the book i noticed that you write about humorous in american history soften their and then there's a complicated debate about things like critical race theory. which is not talking about history as mentioned but that gets confused. you can find this and the one i remember is being told a story about a lynching that happened in illinois not far from where president obama
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announced his campaign so can you talkabout why ? because as a conservative growing up in rural michigan i simply was not caught these things sometimes it's being exposed to your columns was the first time i ever heard it. >> i live in a years before learning this year about the tulsa rights. now, it was actually the tulsa program. that's what we called it when that stuff happened in europe and they should've called it that here. i heard vaguely there was an pleasantness in tulsa.i should have. conservatives sometimes flinch from confronting the disagreeable passage of american history because those disagreeable facets are presented by some progressives as definitional and typical. and it requires a kind of mental equilibrium to confront these things and put them in context. this is why there was so much
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of a fight about the new york times egregious 1619 project. the fundamental assertion of which is that america's real founding wasn't july 4, 1776, it was 1619 when the first slaves arrived and what made this reframing as the new york times says of american history so pernicious is the crux of the matter was according to them that the american revolution was fought to preserve slavery. that is thought because dunsmore had said that blacks who escaped slavery had fought on the side of the british and american revolution would be emancipated. well, this is just flat out historically illiterate. i think he said that in november 1775 after lexington and concorde. after the boston tea party,
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after the stamp act, after the boston massacre, after washington was made head of the revolutionary army. .so it doesn't square. it's just illiterate and it's so bad it's obviously meretricious. >> what do you think there's a reason that people want to start the conversation because there is this blind spot with american people history where people don't know so when somebody comes up with the 1619 project so which is littered with problems maybe it's the first time season and said we should give it a chance so who's at fault for having that part of american history because it is a path and why is that? >> i don't think so much hiding suggests they're doing it on purpose. a lot of people don't know the way weteach history when we teach history is cursory and unserious . the reason we're arguing
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about it is that it matters. in 1984 orwell said he who controls the past controls the future and he who controls the presentcontrol the past . when we're arguing about the past we're really arguing about the trajectory of the nation. >> one of the interesting points that i had never considered before when it comes to this what do we know about american history and what we don't have to do with another dolynching that you wrote about in a column america's last mass lynching and you raise the point that our government did have knowledge and documents about this they were all reclassified and you will growth regulations tell us what we cannot do and there was a rule for government in this not necessarily making these things public. >> that formulation comes from a man who was my best friend . t and pat made the point that secrets our government property. governments tend toward them. and become inquisitive
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about property and the property and secrets.and secrets make usnecessarily more unnecessarily ignorant . this had to do i believe with the grand jury testimony from 60 or 70 years ago for pete's sake. what is the point of keeping this secret.>> iso eric holder disclosed documents and you ended it by saying what went one is a cold case that is not part of our national memory too cold to learn more about. the ycorrect answer is never so it seems your arguing we should not shy away from this . and you think conservatives in particular should take more of an interest in this complex racial history rather than perhaps fighting about ra crt because it seems to me this is a more well formulated argument that tells us why we do need to know rather than fighting about what other people have
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presented. >> i think conservatives esshould be attention to the lynchings. to as i said the full rom in tulsa and other matters because it gives conservatives a chance to make the truthful case of astonishing progress since then. those who say the 1619 is everything because it they said things have gotten all that better and the otillusion that they're better this itself a sign of systemic racism and all this stuff. to which i say go to an sec football game. mississippi playing alabama and a had referee is an african-american these days. who continues the boss everyone around and penalizing them. as easy football is as close to an established religion in this country. >> you think those athletes should be paid to mark. >> of course, they're generating billions.
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>> but anyway, it turns into a great dessert affirmation of america to understand how bad things were and how much better they are today. >> so do you think that discussion is further or hindered when athletes decide to take any? >> their business. >> you don't think it's somethingthe president should have a say about . >> i think 95 percent of what presidents talk about patient talk about . jackson dotson said the president has to become more in chief, where is that in article 2. that's what the british have the house of windsor to do this. they separate head of state and head of government and we don't and therefore the ceremonial accretions gathered around the office of the presidency. >> ..
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which i think when we get a little more distance, people say radio was actually a more fundamentally revolutionary changes and television because radio gave us, was crucial to the nazi party. one of the first things they did was make radios cheap so everyone could have radio. andio radio gave the bully pulpt residents. when roosevelt, franklin roosevelt sat down to give his first fireside chat he began with two words that do not appear in the text. they were my friends. now, try to imagine george washington say my friends. unthinkable. o calvin coolidge, think of
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another one of my heroes. but roosevelt understood the modern presidency. in fact, he pioneered more than anyone else. he was going to create a new intimacy with the country. now, i don't think we want to be intimate with presidents. they are the head of one branch of one of our many governments. >> so who's been the most ideal president in your view? who did it right, or at least came close to it? >> well -- >> because ronald reagan was famous for communicating with the public and most conservatives look up the ghost of reagan and they bring him back. >> it is wrong to say that presidents should be front and center all the time. to me getting all the time. when senator bennet of colorado was making his brief run for the democratic nomination for president in 2020,at he tweeted vote for mer and you will get a
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president he won't have to think about for weekst at a time. i was for him. >> so do you think, we talk about, , you mentioned the advet of radio button social media has changed the game for all campaigns, not just the presidency and how they communicate. how have you witnessed that change? it hasn't only changed how candidates communicate without people received information and react to it and what the expectation is. >> and how they talk to one another. >> yes. >> and abuse one another. well, i have never tweeted. i h don't know how to tweet. >> congratulation. t to find a tweet i wouldn't know how. to be fair, about twice a week a member of my staff tweets out, what is a, 240 characters? >> yes. >> but for my columns, that's it. i'm told i have a facebook page. i have never seen it. just not interested in it.
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i have always thought that the quantity of stupidity relative to the size of the population was fairly constant overt time. i amge no longer so sure, but it just may be that social media get such velocity to interpret this andnd vituperation. i do think that elicits it. once upon a time and i want to credit eugene volokh who runs the conspiracy website, wonderful place, talks about jurisprudential issues. he teaches constitutional law and first amendment at ucla. he has a fascinating article out on cheapwh speech, what it's doe to us. used to be two to make it with a lot of peopleto you either had ever read a station or television station or printing presses, at all the stuff, distribution.
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but now cheap doesn't describe it. and expensive beyond measure. it's free. anyone can say anything to anyone. well, that's so democratic. >> it seems a natural and commissioned this would lead to a net good. >> however, however, there's a downside everything, including this. the downside is of this. much the views of mainstream media had gatekeepers they had responsibilities. bad vulnerabilities. they had to keep their subscribers happy, or advertisers happy. i he had a reputation to uphold and, therefore, they stood between the public and stark raving mad lunatics with crazy theories who now can just get them out there. so there's a cost to everything. >> but how do you think the place in the ongoing debate
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about council culture that's happening? ier mean, as you know on the rit side of the aisle there is a raging debate over the role of social media in moderation and what right people should expect when they go on these platforms, to say whatever they want. so how do you balance the abuse and the idea that we all support freedom of speech and that you counter badba speech with more speech, which i believe in, i think i believe has wavered just a little bit when it comes to these issues. . it's a provision in the law that says that facebook or these other social media platforms are not publishers. theycannot be sued . they enable people to be out there, but they're not liable and i think i'm for that .
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these are private corporations. they are tremendously important to the public square nowadays but they are also not forever . there'ssuch a thing as monopoly fatalism . people say that these are big, therefore theyare forever. they are unchallengeable . but with all the unchallengeable monopolies that are gone, remember the day and be company, atlantic and pacific grocery stores? in 1950, in 1935 there's 50,000 of them. when was the last timeyou heard of one? >> i've never been in one . >> forbes magazine said can anyone challenge the cell phone giant? they're talking about apple? no, they're talking about no kia. five months before that coverage the iphone came out. and another unassailable
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monopoly was about to be a sale . so i think that we can rest assured that nothing is immortal including these giants today. >> i would say twitter and facebook, they are being challenged but usually from the right by these companies where they explicitly say you can come here and say whatever you want. then we have these weird things that happened where president trump is ticked off at twitter and the taliban puts their messages on it so we're in this vortex where no one wants to accept any responsibility. then you see these big giants like mark tucker. go to congress and say solve thisproblem for me . it's a not nobody can crack. >> there's a serious argument and i'm not sure i've said it yet but it's a quick serious argument that these should be treated as common carriers.
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if you open your doorsanyone can come through. if you open your doors to the public let the public and entirely . this has lots of wrinkles like the colorado baker opening his doors but didn't want to serve some people. that's a lot to argue about again but basically i'm not an absolutist. >> it's okay to not have your mind made up. as we grapple with these. let's turn to a completely different subject that has a lot of portability today, another subject that has to do with how you approach the abortion debate which you had a wonderful way of talking about the heartbeat valve in which you call it a full some provocation. and attempting to have a debate about viability versus trimester and i want to explore your thinking and how it'received . as well . >> trimesters and viability. did you ever think, what would america in the constitutional law of abortion, that's a phrase
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that would amaze the founding framers ofour constitution . but what with the constitutional law of abortion be if the number of months involved in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number ? say 11 or 13 . couldn't have trimesters. where did we decide that because the line is divisible by three, there should be different constitutional imperatives for each of the three segments? it makes no sense whatsoever. now, people can say, people who can say really it's an atrocity and roe versus wade is a great triumph or the humancondition , we can agree people in both caps that it's god-awful constitutional law. john hardy who was pro- choice says so. it was a great professor of law at yale.
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ruth bader ginsburg had her doubts about the way they did it constitutionally which is why the argument coming up in the mississippi case be argued this fall and decided by next june in the middle of the midterm election. it's going to be momentous. >> but of course all the focus right now is on the texas law which creates this i think god, i'll hear what you think private right of action in order to explore this and sue your doctors and take it to the court. >> i know that some conservatives are impatient with making progress against roe versus wade and not recognizing that patience is required for constitutional government and the rule of law.
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patient conservative says will just empower citizens with a of $10,000 to sue people. someone has to say it has the conservatives wait a minute, just wait until california says aregoing to have a private action against the speech will give you $10,000 to drive people in . >> or against weapons that are on the books. >> i'm all for private enterprise but i'm not for outsourcing this kind of law. >> it sounds like you do welcome the court hearing in the case. >> absolutely. viability is going to change. but again, we have to confront the fact that this is what makes us an intractable problem. pro-choice people say one person is involved and pro-life people say there are two individuals involved. and we're going to have to argue that again. >> you really think it's an intractable problem and you could make the argument about viability with all we know about science now post 1973 and how creamy children can survive outside the will?
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>> not only can they survive outside the women, intrauterine medicine can do wonders for pre-born children. i'm not saying you can't split the difference. some people on the right to life side safe from the moment of conception on there is a distinctly unique creature who absent violence or accident is going to become a person. you got that and that's true, that's not medial the elegy, that's my school biology but if we had abortion laws much more like those in europe for example. europe is hardly a theocracy these days. if we had say a limit on abortion of 20 weeks, that would be 95 percent of abortions would still occur and the temperature would go
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down. >> .you're saying it would be worth it to split the difference. >> basically i'm for splitting differences. >> it would be decided by the court. >> they're terrified roe versus wade might be overturned by nine legislators in this country a lot of who say they won't overturn roe versuswade but in their heart of hearts say spare me that . a lot of americans think if you overturn roe versus wade abortion would be illegal. not true, all we do is established a status quo and reestablish abortion as a subject regular bowl bystate law. and you'd have vast differences . you have one abortion regime in louisiana and one in new york and they bear no resemblance to one another. >> i know a lot of people on the left were in favor of all of the above abortion rights. if you want to put it that way are looking forward to
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this because they believe it will energize suburban women going into the 22 elections. this is another debate. arguments are going to be made on this i think it's going to turn into a fight given how emotional this issue is. >> people are emotional about peanut butter these days. they're emotional about everything and you can imagine what it's going to be like . june 2022. >> that will be the day. you have a lot of faith inthe court system . >> i have a lot of faith in them because i think they're behaving well and i have minimal faith in the other two branches of government. >>. >> my view is that if we're going to have limited government, it depends on the supervision of democracy by the judiciary. congress will not a limit
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itself and it will not stop violating the nondelegation which the court flinches from enforcing what should which says as john locke says that dissenters can make laws, they cannot make other legislators. so the congress sought to stop delegating the essentially legislative powers to executive agency such as state for example it's not quite random. the power to have an addiction moratorium for the centers for disease control or the power of osha occupational health. health and safety, safety and health administration. to impose mandates on private sector employees. >> ..
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going to this technicality on the tax mandate. i find it hard to have a lot of faith in what's coming and that there would be a counter too many things although conservatives get judges out of trump administration. >> guest: depends on what you consider modern but brown v. the board of education which gave the court an enormous pastiche infusion because it went against public opinion and everyone knew it. not just public opinion in the south. how many americans remember brown v. the board of education was against the board of education of topeka, kansas? this was a northern segregation story. the fact is courts exist to stand against majorities. i give you my little central spiel from central illinois.
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>> host: as a michigander i'd like some who is also from around the midwest. >> guest: lincoln country. champaign county courthouse, typical midwestern, square big red sandstone codis. according to local lore link in a very prosperous traveling railroad lawyer was in the champaign county courthouse and he learned that stephen douglas the illinois senator had succeeded in passing through the senate they kansas-nebraska act. kansas-nebraska act, we are going to solve the problem, this vexing question of should slavery be extended into the territories? his answer was popular sovereignty vote up or down he said moral indifference whether it's vote up or voted down. important thing is to vote because america's about majority rule. lincoln's assent to greatness begin with this recall against that doctrine. he said no.
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american is not about a process maturity what that's about the condition liberty. that's forecourts forecourts come in. courts exist to say majority rule is all very well. majority rule should have a broad sweep but not a limitless suite. there are certain things we do not put to a vote. for example, congress shall make no law. congress, even if anyone wants it, can't do it, sorry. some people call this the counter majoritarian dilemma. there was no dilemma. that's why have constitution is to say certain things can't be done. >> host: how much time do you spend reading history? >> guest: a lot. counting is reading, recorded books. i get an up every morning at 5:20. by 5:21 i'm listening to an audible book. and shaven at breakfast and commute to work, walk to lunch, commute home.
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two and a half, three, three hours a day, otherwise wasted time i'm listening to books most often on history. >> host: you can tell of course by reading how many facts are shoved into every sentence. how much time do you think you spend reading as opposed to writing? i imagine it's enormous on one side of the ledger. >> guest: some say it what you do? are your writer? no, i'm a reader. when i'm reading i write. mostly after reid, henry kissinger once said when you come to washington you start running down your intellectual capital because you got time to replenish it. which might be true if your henry kissinger. my friend moynihan what once rather rudely said read more books while in the senate the most of his colleagues read. proof that wasn't so. pat kept writing and producing serious books, but the trick in
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life in washington, really everywhere but particularly here, is to keep your intellectual capital restocked. >> host: said this is a booktv what have impacted you the most? >> guest: gosh. i mean,. >> host: recently he reach of many. there's probably some the pop up in recent memory. >> guest: i i just wrote a biography of john c. calhoun. >> host: okay. >> guest: very bright man, very bad man. >> host: that's a bad, nation. >> guest: a commendation but it's true. he was a very sinewy mind, good thinker and a terrible -- but white supremacy. >> host: speaking of the bad causes, this column he wrote in 2018 about visiting the holocaust museum here in washington, another place you can go to learn, it's hard to go there to learn about it. obviously you with an the column
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is called into eternity velma. you tell the story. >> guest: you will have to refresh me. >> host: i can't read from it because i will probably cry over that but it's about a woman who was taken to the camp and her son was taking. she chose to go with the trachea the holocaust museum, some of who discovered it from far away, some photographs about a woman publishes from czechoslovakia and was sent to the death camp, not just a concentration camp but a death camp. i've written a lot about the holocaust including holocaust museum on the tip of manhattan. because as emily the and italian survive of auschwitz said it happened once, can happen again, in the reason for writing about the holocaust, that nothing is
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unthinkable, nothing. >> host: the thing that is also striking about it is that you don't write about it to be sad or scare people. you have written after you include this incredibly moving letter the museum presents human natures nobelist as well as violence manifestation. it is reseed 43 million visitors, 90% who are non-jewish. and so that, statistic that you found to put with the story that makes you think as horrible as this was wondering about this and then you dug out the good of it, that this is man's noblest is virtue to do this and i were telling about an sharing in working through it tragic when i first -- they decided first two build the holocaust museum right next to washington -- these are not bad people criticizing this but they said why? what's the point? what's this got to do with american history?
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i wrote a column saying look, the mall with its wonderful monuments to washington and jefferson and lincoln is a tribute to bright light of american life, the reasonableness of american experience. it is therefore all the more important that this american nation itself a product of the enlightenment and the confidence the enlightenment thinkers of the late 15th century had, it's important that we have a black son into which to stare, that's the holocaust museum. >> host: it was because of that they asked the call was asked to give with the delegation that went to poland to auschwitz and other death camps to get hard facts. >> host: what was that like? >> guest: so bring. i off the helicopter, took my then 12-year-old son, we got off the polish helicopter that took
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us there and my son looked at and said -- >> host: did you ever flinch about taking your 12 euros on? >> guest: no. he looked down at the debt, there's a bone. i said david. sorry, jeff, jeff don't get your imagination run away with you. the guy said that was either a man's rib or finger or child rib. sandy soil of that part of poland just keeps sifting up the remains. >> host: did your son, do talk about it with your son quite a bit after? i'm asking out of personal interest of my own. children in school take a fifth-grade field trip to the holocaust museum and discovered something i'm dreading but i know they need to know about any think a lot of people have trouble talking about this because it is so difficult. >> host: . >> guest: i went to the holocaust museum in new york and
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another exhibit and a glass case is a red shoe high-heeled shoe that a woman put on when she was taken to the train. i begin the column saying where did she think she was going? with a red pump. to try to capture the reality of what went through that is a test. >> host: something of the data people to in the past didn't know they were living in the past and we need to always think about that tragic in the past is another country. >> host: yes, yes. the words like authoritarianism and fascism are thrown out a lot when it comes to our modern political culture. how do you feel about that? to people at understanding of those words? are the necessary? should they be used? >> guest: they should be used when there -- but they rarely
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are. donald trump is not a fascist. he's not competent enough to be a fascist fascism. fascism had a doctrine, a worldview. it had a biological theory of the world that there is strife is inherent in racists. we don't have that. we have authoritarian temptations. we have autocratic pretensions. fascism we have not had. >> host: i noticed in your writings you make that argument. i think is probably correct although we should be worried but you come back to this belief that any authoritarian impulses in america would be tempered by the court. what makes you so confident
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about that? >> guest: because they behave well in the past. even when they make mistakes they correct them. caromont suite. the american people are not too squeamish to face the difficult aspect i spent three weeks on an island across puget sound from seattle. i'm driving around the root and there's little sign that said japanese exclusion memorial. it turns out that after roosevelt, resident franklin roosevelt's signed the order to allow the military to uproot japanese, two-thirds of them american citizens, half of them women and children and move them away from the west coast, the first one to leave for from the island. bainbridge island said we will place that fact and talk about it and we will have immemorial. the supreme court in the caromont to decision in 1944
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affirmed that use of executive power by franklin roosevelt's. 1983 supreme court repudiated the decision and said we were wrong in 1980 believe it was congress voted reparations for this injury. americans are good at this. your question was about the courts. nothing is certain. but the courts have very good record of protecting speech. nasa good in protecting the constitutional equilibrium, that madison gave us between the branches of government but if the courts don't do it, no one will. >> host: i would like you in this scale history in order to give us perspective people have been so worried about what happens particularly on january 6 when you saw a violent mob deliberately seek out to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, official proceeding.
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there's court cases winding through for those individuals but i'm not sure that something the court can solve or will solve because it's such an intractable political problem. >> guest: the court shouldn't solve problems. the court should apply the law and hold full up against the constitution. a very short walk from where we're sitting was the base of the capital. they have now put up fences again. they put up fences , you don't think that's necessary. >> translator: think it's an obscenity. it makes the united states look like a banana republic. it's nonsense. the police can surely control a crowd. if not get better police. but the idea that we have to take the united states capital, the greatest secular building and daily use in the world, and the very symbol at the epicenter of american democracy and
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protected from that, no. what do you make of the lafayette square that happened when the president cleared the square to walk through? seems sort of different types of problem but there is especially post-9/11 to put up the barriers at every possible opportunity when these things come to front. >> guest: the present use locket square as a prop with the bible which he held upside down, outside st. john's church e so-called church of presence right across from the white house and he brought along chairman of the joint chiefs of staff millie who understandably felt ill used and should not have let him selfie put in a position. -- let himself be put in that position. i didn't don't get me back on presidents but it's an example
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of the aspect of her politics that is degrading politics. the senate today is a most entirely performative. people making gestures. courts are different. should they have to give reason, that the right opinions, concurrences and dissent which is why they are, they are really what we do political philosophy in this country. you can say we don't have locked second treatise on government and we don't have -- i think we do because the federalist papers ranks with them but we do as constitutional lawyers and constitution article is constantly political philosophy about the nature of freedom, freedom as opposed to and as intention with equality we do it all the time.
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>> host: so you would be against the cameras in the supreme court? >> guest: on not so sure. we've seen recently fedecamaras do not, i want to put this politely, did not bring out the best in congressional committees. committees. i do think that the justices would behave. >> host: might be content if the made the radio transcript available in a more timely fashion. >> guest: exactly. >> host: you mention you would abroad which are sunk i imagine dash of what are the most memorable trips? >> guest: a trip to israel was a great trip. everyone ought to go and see how small it was. >> host: i have never been. >> guest: about you contrive across in 30 minutes. i think that's probably the most memorable. i remember going to the soviet union and what struck me, it's interesting, what is weird about this place, absence of
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advertising. >> host: really? >> guest: yet. i think was oscar wilde wrote it would be beautiful if you couldn't read about time square. there's they're still advg because there's no private appetites. you were not supposed to be consumers. you were not supposed to be persuading people. and i said i like advertising. give me a coke sign, bud light and all that stuff. >> host: you're in the business of persuading people in some respect. >> guest: trying. >> host: where do you think people said you may be changed minds in a way that surprised you? >> guest: i'll tell you the one that didn't. i'm approaching six-figure columns. there's one in this book that may be stored more people -- >> host: backfired. >> guest: it's my jeremiah against then am. >> host: okay.
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>> guest: this will give me a chance to illustrate how i think i can illustrate large things from small things. i just got tired, you get in an airport concourse and there's a father in his late 30s and his ten-year-old son and their dressed exactly alike. running shoes, blue jeans, t-shirt, and mom is there and she is wearing blue jeans. and i think there was a time when different dress signaled different stages of life, that we grew up. now, what's this got to do with this? somewhere in the last 20 or 30 years and now parents became a verb. >> host: i believe it -- yes. >> guest: parenting is important.
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this encouraged the belief in parental perfectionism, that if you do it right, it's like calculus , do you think it is new thing? >> guest: i do. >> host: i want to go back. >> guest: i was ten years old, i thought it would open the back door and i would go out on some at it and maybe come back from lunch, probably for dinner but they didn't care. what is now called free range parenting. it was called being a kid back in those days. you are free to fail and cope with your failures. that was called growing up, learning how to cope with daily. today with helicopter parents hovering over their children, their bubble wrapped children protected from injury, not just to the little chance and knees and elbow injuries to their psyches. they wind up being risk averse, and guess what happens when they go to college?
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they say directly to the safe space. i want freedom from speech and i want the bile response team to run right and capture the micro aggressors. that's where these brutal young people on campuses come from. they come from parents who didn't let them go out in skin their knees. >> host: you obviously have a great interest in academia, but i guess why should we care so much what happens on college campuses? tragic because what happens on campus doesn't stay on campus. it leaks out into the larger culture and because what is happening to campuses matters very much. it took 800 years of passage through ecclesiastical and political thickets to evolve the great universities that are the greatest ornaments of western civilization.
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you can take that away in a generation or two. we are doing that now. in the name of diversity, very orwellian, in the name of diversity we are seeing forced conformity. >> host: how so? >> guest: we had ten people to attest the reluctant to speak their minds on college campuses. we have speech codes that are being struck down in many cases but they still proliferate. we have speech zones. james madison turn the united states can turn the north american continent into a free-speech zone. gap with some of these -- at one point texas tech had a gazebo, 20 thousands of students, a gazebo is a free-speech zone. you can't make this stuff up. did you know brandeis university once triggered warnings on trigger warnings? yes, because the phrase trigger
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warning, the word warning makes people unhappy and sad and nervous, and triggers, you know what to make people think of time of what should be done? i have talked to college students. they come to me, that if i do have some kind of idea are right the wrong thing and i posted on facebook or something they could come back to bite me. i could lose a scholarship. there is this kind of thing that's happening where people are afraid to speak and i don't know, i don't have the right advice for them. >> guest: speaking with. find some friends and fight back. write a check to fire, the foundation for individual rights in education. terrific litigious scrappy group of people who were, they write. green light for good, amber light --, they're so many college rankings. i'm a fire is a wonderful organization that supports students on the left and the
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right but who's doing it right? >> guest: who -- which colleges or universities? >> guest: i'll give you two. university of chicago with the statement number of universities have adopted. as usual purdue university under mitch daniels, the president we should have had but a great president of purdue university, has made this absolutely clear. free-speech. madison lives in west lafayette or wherever it is. drama okay. i imagine all your call in writing to the applicants have so many conversations, and people ask you to write things. how do you choose when you all this incoming information and the history is a wonderful resource for taking the most important thing to write every
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day. there's so many choices. >> guest: that's unusual for you to say those people say howdy come up with things to write about? that's the most commonly asked question of a columnist and it's the question i when i began as a columnist asked my friend bill buckley, said howdy come you come up with things to write about? i would say the world irritates me, i musically, piques my curiosity. the world is just littered with things to write about. it was said of napoleon that he could not look at a landscape without seeing a battlefield. if a conus yacht to be able to come you cant look at the work without saying column topics. they just come at you. >> host: what is the difference between writing about politics and speaking about? people recognize you all the time. they are completely different things that are so closely related. >> guest: writing is
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demanding. demanding. writing columns is particularly so because they are sharp. i it here first particularly to 750 word limit which means you have to be concise and you have to be elliptical and you have to intimate certain things. you have to assume certain things. most americans don't read newspapers. a majority of the minority who do read newspapers don't read columns. that's a good thing if you're a columnist, and here's why. it means you got a self-selected audience that is definitely intellectually upscale. the our people will come to the utterly optional reading the call because are interested in their interest because they have stock of knowledge. it's a great audience. you don't have to talk down to them. you shouldn't talk down to them because they came to you knowing
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what they're going to get. >> host: final question because i know so interested in other things. i've asked about the history but what are the other colonists you read to keep your mind active and what do you watch, i don't know if you watch most television what else is going into the mind of george will on a daily basis? >> guest: mostly it is reading. chuck blaine wonderful columnist, ruth marcus, colleagues at the "washington post." holman jenkins, baker, others in the "wall street journal." there's an awful lot of talented writing, the aggregators, real clear politics, real clear policy, real clear world, real clear defense, real clear, you know, conspiracy. tremendous amount of good writing today. >> host: thank you. this has been >> host: that's great. thank you. this is been a pleasure and hope everyone gets the book at the e b
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bookstores available everywhere. thank you so much. >> guest: thank you. i enjoyed it. >> there are a lot of places to get political information, but only at c-span you you get it straight from the source. no matter where you are from a point where you stand on the issues, c-span is america's network. unfiltered, unbiased, word for word. if it happens here or here, or anywhere that matters, america is watching on c-span. powered by cable. >> thank you so much for joining us today to discuss your book. >> guest: thanks for having me on. i'm very excited to be here. >> host: i want

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