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The official podcast of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

Dedicated to the promotion of a free and virtuous society, Acton Line brings together writers, economists, religious leaders, and more to bridge the gap between good intentions and sound economics.
9/30/2020

Ilya Shapiro on Supreme Disorder and SCOTUS politics

Ep. 248
The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016 amplified questions about the Supreme Court in the 2016 election to new highs. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s high wire act in denying a hearing and vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill that seat, Judge Merrick Garland, ultimately paid off for him: President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was then confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.A year later, the political world was rocked again by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the bench. Following one of the most contentions confirmation hearings in modern American political history, Kavanaugh was also confirmed.Now, the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created another election year vacancy on the nation’s highest court. President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat. The political temperature has again risen.In his new book, “Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court,” Cato’s Ilya Shapiro examines the history of the judicial confirmation hearings, how politics has invaded the Supreme Court itself, and how appointments to the Court have become one of the most explosive features of our system of government.In this episode, Ilya Shapiro discusses his new book, how our politics of the judiciary got this way, how that politics affecting us as a nation, and what, if anything, can be done about it.Ilya Shapiro at the Cato InstituteSupreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court - Ilya ShapiroTerm Limits Won’t Fix the Court - Ilya ShapiroRoberts Rules - Ilya ShapiroEverything you need to know about Amy Coney Barrett - Rev. Ben Johnson‘A different kind of lawyer’: Amy Coney Barrett on Christian vocation - Joseph SundeHigh Court, high stakes: Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Trey DimsdaleReligious liberty at the Supreme Court - Acton Line
9/23/2020

Stephanie Slade on will-to-power conservatism

Ep. 247
With fusionism –the strategic alliance of conservative foreign policy hawks, social conservatives and economic libertarians knitted together in the last half of the 20thcentury in opposition to international communism ­­– crumbling after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the modern conservative movement has been remaking itself in effort to address the problems of the current day.One of these seemingly ascendant factions are the so-called common good conservatives.In an article in the October 2020 edition of Reason magazine, managing editor Stephanie Slade examines the what she calls the “great liberalism schism” that has emerged out of the collapse of fusionism.And for the common good conservatives shedding classical liberal norms, she identifies a new moniker: will-to-power conservativism, borrowing a concept from German philosopher Friederich Nietzsche.In this episode, Stephanie Slade discusses will-to-power conservatism, who exactly has a claim on the concept of the common good, and what the great liberalism schism means for our politics and society.Stephanie Slade at Reason magazineWill-to-Power Conservatism and the Great Liberalism Schism - Stephanie SladeThe biggest problems of national conservatism - Acton LineThe Post-Liberal Right: The Good, the Bad, and the Perplexing - Sam GreggPatrick Deneen and the Problem with Liberalism - Sam GreggRev. Robert Sirico responds to Marco Rubio's 'common good capitalism' - Acton Line