- Availability and topics
“The Democrats’ Best Response to Republican Power Grabs.” The New York Times, December 11, 2018
“America’s Border and the Rule of Law,” Salon, July 29 2018
“Law and Border,” Niskanen, July 25 2018
“Who’s Afraid of Judith Shklar? Foreign Policy, July 2018
“The Weight of the Words,” Niskanen, February 7 2018
“Statist just-so stories,” Reason, December 2017 (review of James C. Scott, Against the Grain)
“The Limits of legalism,” Niskanen, November 27 2017
“Black liberty matters,” Niskanen, September 20, 2017
“All good things,” Boston Review, September 2017
“The sovereign myth,” Niskanen, June 15 2017
“Why walking out is better than shouting down,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25 2017
“The shortcut to serfdom,” Niskanen, May 16 2017
“A government of laws, not son-in-laws,” Niskanen, April 20, 2017
Federalism, jurisdiction, and resistance,” Niskanen, February 22, 2017
“The free society is an open society.” Niskanen, January 31, 2017. “Les murs ne bloquent pas seulement les gens à l’extérieur, mais aussi à l’intérieur,” Slate.fr, February 6, 2017.
“The party declines.” Niskanen, January 18, 2017
“The defense of liberty can’t do without identity politics.” Niskanen, December 13, 2016
“Authoritarianism and post-truth politics.” Niskanen, November 30, 2016
Interviews and podcasts
May 7, 2012: CBC, on the right to protest while masked
November 7, 2013: Global News Montreal, on the Charter of Values
November 8, 2013: Global News Montreal, on the Charter of Values
January 7, 2015: BBC World News, on the Charlie Hebdo attack
July 6, 2015: The Cato Institute’s Libertarianism.org “Free Thoughts” podcast, on Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom
December 12, 2016: Coy Barefoot, Inside Charlottesville, on truth in politics
April 10, 2017: CBC Radio noon on free academic speech.
April 10, 2017: McGill roundtable on academic freedom
May 31, 2017: Plenary roundtable on the populist threat to democracy at the Canadian Political Science Association
June 2, 2017: The Cato Institute’s Libertarianism.org “Free Thoughts” podcast, “Is liberalism in danger?”
November 5, 2017: At the Mont Pelerin Society: ”Is Liberal constitutionalism relevant for the future?”
June 29, 2018: John Blake, CNN.com, Why the rules of racial rhetoric are changing
September 7, 2018: Shawn Apel, CBC Radio Noon, On Steve Bannon, and the anonymous op-ed from within the Trump administration.
I am happy to talk with the press when my areas of scholarly knowledge overlap with current events or debates. Recently most such discussions have been, one way or another, about the values of the open society and liberal constitutional democracy, and the threat to them posed by populist and nationalist authoritarianism; see my 2016-present writings listed above. A longer list of topics includes:
Freedom of religion
Freedom of association and assembly
Freedom of speech
Multiculturalism and policies of cultural accommodation
Ethnic politics and ethnic conflict
Indigenous peoples’ rights (First Nations, Inuit, American Indians)
Some areas of constitutional law in the US and some questions of Charter rights in Canada.
Je peux discuter de ces sujets avec les journalistes pour les journaux et magazines francophones, mais je ne suis pas à l’aise avec des entrevues en français pour la télévision ou la radio.
Please contact me by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Blogs and online writing
Current: Niskanen Center
Symposium on constitutional crises, Cato Unbound
Symposium on Seeing Like A State, Cato Unbound