Lecture posted February 1, 2016
The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta
Daniel Hannan: Let me take you back to another summer’s day in August 1647 in London—a tense and frightened city. The second phase of the English Civil War had just come to an end, resulting in victory for supporters of parliamentary supremacy over supporters of monarchical absolutism. The troops of the New Model Army, mainly Calvinists, were marching angry and unpaid on…
Lecture posted February 1, 2016
Who Should Interpret Our Statutes and How It Affects Our Separation of Powers
The interpretation of statutes is so often decisive in cases of national importance, which touch all our lives. Specifically, I want to talk with you about how courts are relinquishing the power to interpret Congress’s statutes through deference to executive agency interpretations. This undermines our system of separation of powers. It tends to decrease the powers of…
Lecture posted January 21, 2016
Persistent Forensics Lab Problems Undermine Faith in Our Criminal Justice System
Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has done a real service to the bar through his Georgetown Law Journal article “Criminal Law 2.0.” As is typical of Judge Kozinski’s writings, it is clear, articulate, insightful, and provocative. In that article, he says, “there are disturbing indications that a non-trivial number of…
Lecture posted January 21, 2016
Prospects for Extended Deterrence in Space and Cyber: The Case of the PRC
While there has been discussion about whether today’s security environment constitutes a “neo-Cold War,” the reality is that it is actually more complex than the Cold War. For most of the period between 1947 and 1992, the situation was largely marked by a bipolar balance, where the two major players created somewhat symmetrical blocs of allies, friends, and client states.…
Lecture posted December 21, 2015
Nuclear Deterrence in the Context of the European Security Crisis and Beyond
Legacy Soviet attitudes toward the West have always shaped Russian foreign and defense policy. Vladimir Putin replaced Boris Yeltsin’s stance that Russia had no enemies with the rather paranoid view that the U.S., NATO, and Japan are Russia’s enemies and that the U.S. is seeking the destruction of Russia. Putin has characterized the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the…
Lecture posted December 8, 2015
The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America
In a gloomy but strangely enthralling book published at the end of the First World War, the historian and polymath Oswald Spengler wrote of the decline of the West, arguing that Europe was moving inevitably to its end according to a pattern that can be observed among civilizations from the beginning of recorded history. Each historical superorganism, he argued, displays…
Lecture posted December 2, 2015
Evenwel v. Abbott: What Does One Person, One Vote Really Mean?
Evenwel v. Abbott may prove to be the most consequential case of the coming Supreme Court term due to its possible electoral impact, but as a legal matter—which is what I’m here to discuss—there’s not much room for controversy or consequence.
The meaning of the one-person, one-vote (OPOV) rule is one of the great open questions in election law. At least, that’s what…
Lecture posted August 11, 2015
U.S. National Security and Rising China
The 2014 B. C. Lee Lecture
Delivered Monday, December 8, 2014
THE HONORABLE JIM DEMINT: This is a special event at Heritage, the annual B.C. Lee Lecture. The B.C. Lee Lecture is named for the founder of Samsung, a man of real vision for the U.S.–Korean alliance and South Korea’s role in the world. He was a remarkable entrepreneur and leader. I had the pleasure of meeting…
Lecture posted July 16, 2015
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: U.S. Concession After U.S. Concession
Delivered July 7, 2015
Good afternoon. It’s always great to be back at Heritage. Let me begin by thanking the organizers for the invitation to speak on the very important and timely topic of the Iran nuclear negotiations.
I have been speaking and writing on this subject for more than two years and have watched our negotiating position evolve in one direction. This has…
Lecture posted March 4, 2015
King v. Burwell and the Rule of Law
King v. Burwell is a tremendously important case for a number of reasons. It’s important because it may require fundamental changes to be made to Obamacare. And it’s important because of its significant implications for the rule of law.
From the early days of the Republic, a core component of our constitutional character has been the idea that our government is a…
Lecture posted March 3, 2015
U.S.–India Relations: From Possibilities to Progress
Let me start by thanking the Vivekananda International Foundation and The Heritage Foundation for organizing today’s event. In particular, a special thanks to the Director of Vivekananda, General N. C. Vij, and Lisa Curtis of Heritage.
Distinguished members of the audience, friends, members of the media, it is my great honor to be here with you as the U.S. ambassador to…
Lecture posted February 4, 2015
The Power of Friendship: Embracing Allies to Revitalize American Leadership
Thank you very much, Nile, for that very kind introduction. I’m honored to have the chance to join you, and I appreciate your leadership here at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at Heritage. Both the Center and your work embody the very special relationship between our two countries. I want to thank in particular my good friend Senator Jim DeMint for his…
Lecture posted January 26, 2015
Repointing the Constitution
I want to thank The Heritage Foundation for asking me to deliver this year’s Joseph Story Lecture. I am honored and intimidated to be in such august company.
I especially want to express my gratitude to Ed Meese for his friendship, for his many kindnesses, and for being such a mensch. For those of you who do not speak Yiddish, it means a man of integrity and honor. But…
Lecture posted November 6, 2014
The President’s Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
Abraham Lincoln is often paraphrased as saying, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” While that paraphrase summarizes the gist of what Lincoln was saying, the full text of his remark is worth repeating.
In 1838, early in his career, Abraham Lincoln delivered an address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield,…