2020 Retrospective

2020 Retrospective

2020 has been quite the wild ride. Practically no one has escaped the year unchanged or untouched by recent events. To put it all in some context, attempt to make some sense of it, and in an effort to gather together liberal scholars working to move the future in better directions, the IHS is beginning its next online seminar series: a retrospective on the year 2020. Students will discuss important recent work by Classical Liberal scholars on topics from COVID to SCOTUS–because even 2020 should not be left behind without being understood.

These discussions will unfold in 75-90 minutes discussions on roughly the first Friday of each month, from 4:00-6:00pm EST, January through August. Students will be expected to acquire their own readings and will receive a $125 honorarium for each discussion plus $30 for reading purchases. You are welcome to apply for the entire series or simply those sessions which interest you the most.

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1. Disease and the State (January 8)

Goodman, Coyne, & Devereaux, “Infectious Diseases and Government Growth

Haeffele, Carges, & Hobson, “Polycentricity Amidst a Pandemic

2. COVID, Democracy, and Totalitarianism (February 5)

Coyne & Yatsyshina, “Pandemic Police States

Coyne & Yatsyshina, “Immigration Reform is Key in the Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis

3. The Liberal Society vs. “Law and Order” (March 5, 2021)

Boettke, Palagashvili, & Lemke, “Riding in Cars with Boys: Elinor Ostrom’s Adventures with the Police

Boettke, Lemke, & Palagashvili, “Re-evaluating Community Policing in a Polycentric System

4. Radicalism and Reform in Policing (April 16)
Brennan & Suprenant, “Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System,” (Routledge, 2019)

5. Public Trust and Toxic Politics (May 7)
Kevin Vallier, Must Politics Be War? (2019)

6. Impeachment in Theory and Practice (June 4)
John Cook, “King Charles, his case,” 1660.

Alexander Hamilton, “Federalist No. 65

Alexander Hamilton, “Federalist No. 66

“Impeachment; Selected Materials; Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-Third Congress, First Session,” Pages 1-26 (and any chapters on impeachment hearings which might interest you).

7. Is America’s Sun Setting? (July 9)
Dennis Rasmussen, “Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America’s Founders,” (Princeton University Press), 2021.

8. Liberalism After 2020 (August 6)
Jonathan Rauch, “The Cancel Culture Checklist: Six Signs That Show You’re Not Being Criticized; You’re Being Canceled.”

John Stuart Mill, “Chapter II: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion,” from “On Liberty,”

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