Political Philosophy for 2018: Talking with Prof. Christopher Freiman The Right - “…Politicians are regular people who should not be expected to be more moral in their political lives than their economic lives. If we have this assumption that people in politics are no better than people in markets, this leads to a lot less confidence that political solutions will be any better than market solutions.” Nigel Thompson 7/9/2018
Has Modern Society Left Honor Behind? An Interview with Prof. Tamler Sommers The Center - “When we look back on honor cultures like the Mafia…They embrace values that are precisely what are lacking in our lives—like that fierce, passionate loyalty that Sonny has. He’s not thinking about his own self-interest. He’s thinking about the fact that that guy beat up his sister, and he needs to pay for it.” Nigel Thompson 7/8/2018
Can a Photograph Change History? Sitting Down with Ron Haviv The Center - A photograph Ron Haviv took at age 23 would be cited by George H.W. Bush when the President called for the American invasion of Panama. Since then, Mr. Haviv has traveled from conflict to conflict zone, producing photographs of some of the late-twentieth century’s most difficult periods of violence. Erich J. Prince 7/6/2018
Sparing Women and Children from Violence: Speaking with Dr. Samantha Nutt The Center - “[People] want to give back, they want to help out, and the mistake is in presuming that the most effective and transparent way of helping is to do the work ourselves—to get on a plane to see and participate in it being done.” Erich J. Prince 7/4/2018
Lawyer, Photographer, and Activist Sara Bennett Talks Prison System and Life after Parole The Left - “…after you’ve been away for 25 or 30 years, the likelihood of your having a family is pretty slim. A lot of people’s parents die while they’re in prison. Women don’t have the same support network as men do in prison which I think people find surprising.” Henri Mattila 7/3/2018
Staying above Partisanship: An Interview with Joe Lieberman The Center - “The last four or five years I was in the Senate, there was simply no Democrat more conservative than any Republican and no Republican more liberal than any Democrat. And that’s just wrong. It’s unnatural.” Erich J. Prince 7/1/2018
Being a Red State Democrat: An Interview with Jim Martin The Left - “True patriotism is the guy, man or woman, who shows up at the post office every day to be a postal clerk… I dislike and disapprove of those people who wrap themselves in the flag claiming to be patriots when they’ve…done nothing to help move this country forward.” Erich J. Prince 6/28/2018
Politician Profile: An Interview with Lincoln Chafee The Left - “There are more wedge issues that divert our attention from the real issues. That’s what I found during my time in the Senate…But the Republicans wanted to send their Republican candidates out to campaign about gay marriage and abortion and flag burning. It’s all about control of the Senate.” Erich J. Prince 6/25/2018
Investigative Journalism Today: New Mexico’s Scott Armstrong The Center - “Rather than going for the stories that are most easily obtained, which are also often the ones people want to leak, you ask yourself what is going to be permanent.” Nigel Thompson 6/17/2018
Interview: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer of Seton Hall Dorm Fire The Center - “It was critically important to me then, and it’s still critically important to me now that I do not take advantage of the subject of any photograph…for my benefits or for my agenda. We saw some really tough things, and it could have become gratuitous.” Erich J. Prince 6/14/2018
Colorado Today: An Interview with Gov. Hickenlooper The Left - “The negative ads we’ve kind of moved into, starting in the nineties, have gotten worse and worse. You never see businesses do attack ads, right? If Coke did an attack ad against Pepsi, Pepsi would have to attack Coke…. You could suppress down an entire product category.” Erich J. Prince 6/14/2018
FEMA Director during Katrina: How Prepared Are We for Disaster The Right - “When you think about what we have here—FedEx, UPS, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club—you’ve got all of these places that have networks that can be used to do distribution…I truly see the private sector as part of the first responder network.” Erich J. Prince 6/7/2018
Interview: the Man Who Photographed Tiananmen Square The Center - “To tell you the truth, I am drawn to these dangerous events even though they scare the hell out of me. I am sure a shrink would have a field day with that…I guess there is an adrenaline rush in trying to capture images under dangerous situations and making it out alive.” Erich J. Prince 6/5/2018
Interview: Jenny Wilson Wants to Be Utah’s Senator The Left - “People working at the local level are indeed the people who understand how to make the federal government more responsive…” Erich J. Prince 6/4/2018
The Victim Culture Produces No Winners: Heather Mac Donald’s Take The Right - “But instead, universities have been captured by a destructive ideology of victimhood that insists that to be a female or a minority on an American college campus is to be the target of endless, nonstop oppression.” Erich J. Prince 5/31/2018
Free Speech on Campus (and Elsewhere): An Interview with Eugene Volokh The Right - “Let’s say somebody is solidly in favor of abortion rights. She feels very strongly. Okay? But how can she learn to persuade anyone on the issue if she never even hears the other side of the argument?” Erich J. Prince 5/30/2018