Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is Richard Epstein the Smartest Man in America?

Steven Hayward thinks so:
Actually, at the risk of offending a lot of brilliant friends, can I just declare Epstein to be the smartest man in American and just get it over with?
This kind of endorsement makes me feel a little less crazy for thinking Epstein is a cut above the rest. Of course, I'd like to know just who Steven thinks is smarter outside of America.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More from Epstein University

Another great addition to Epstein University:



If you haven't listened to the whole series, do yourself a favor and dive in!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Epstein on Picketty

Today is the very first Tweet 'n Blog Tuesday! By setting aside some time the first Tuesday of every month, I hope to be better about keeping this blog up-to-date. :)

Lots of economists have weighed in with fantastic take-downs of Picketty's book. From what I remember of these videos, Epstein deals less with the particulars of Picketty's argument and instead offers a more general critique of the progressive worldview:



Here's a shorter one:


And here he is with Troy Senik:

Richard Epstein on Health Disparity

Maybe next Tweet 'n Blog Tuesday I'll post a compilation of Epstein on healthcare. But for now I'll just post a really good one I watched recently. Stick through to the Q&A at the end!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Proust on Richard Epstein

My friend and fellow Epstein enthusiast Brian Denton emailed this to me, and it's too good not to share. This is from Proust writing about Beethoven, but I think it applies just as well to Epstein:
The reason why a work of genius is not easily admired from the first is that the man who has created it is extraordinary, that few other men resemble him. It is his work itself that, by fertilising the rare minds capable of understanding it, will make them increase and multiply. It was Beethoven's quartets themselves (the Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth) that devoted half a century to forming fashioning and enlarging the audience for Beethoven's quartets, thus marking, like every great work of art, an advance if not in the quality of artists at least in the community of minds, largely composed today of what was not to be found when the work first appeared, that is to say of persons capable of appreciating it.

Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 1. Translated by C.K. Mocrieff and Terence Kilmartin (New York: Vintage Books,1982), 572.

NYU Symposium on Richard Epstein's Book

NYU recently hosted a symposium on Epstein's new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution. The critiques are some of the smartest and most thoughtful I've heard. Ultimately I think Epstein survives the gauntlet intact and vindicated, but not for a lack of worthy challenges. So far I haven't found any video of Epstein's response, but if you find it please let me know. Enjoy!