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Episode #40: Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution with Myron Magnet

Peter Wood

Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court in 1991, he found many on the Court were interpreting a different Constitution than the one the Framers wrote. In this edition of Curriculum Vitae, Peter is joined by Myron Magnet to discuss the life and thought of Justice Thomas. 

From Campus to Kavanaugh: The Title IX Trajectory

Teresa Manning

When did presumption of innocence become presumption of guilt?

How the Times’ 1619 Project Misses the Point

David Randall

As Englishmen had become Americans, liberty and equality shifted from customs to rights, and slavery became a very peculiar institution indeed, a repellent anomaly in a world of freedom.

Slavery Gave Us Double-Entry Bookkeeping?

Hans Eicholz

An essay from the New York Times makes a striking choice on which facts to include and which to leave aside for the purpose of constructing a new theory of capital. Hans Eicholz rebuts Matthew Desmond by bringing back the facts. 

Positive Good Slavery Argument Makes a Comeback at The New York Times

William B. Allen

The "1619 Project" declares that the economic and social advances of the United States are owing to the development of slavery in the American South. As stated, argues W.B. Allen, The New York Times is resurrecting a "utilitarian apology for slavery as a positive good — producing the greatest good for the greatest number."