The John Batchelor Show

Sunday 9 September 2012

Air Date: 
September 09, 2012

(Photo: The Second Bill of Rights was a list of rights proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944. [1] In his address Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second "bill of rights". Roosevelt's argument was that the "political rights" guaranteed by the constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.")

905 PM ET: Eric Trager, Washington Institute, re who is Mohammed Morsi, newly elected president of Egypt, what are his ambitions, and what will he make of Egypt in the ummah?

920 PM ET: Henry Miller, Hoover, re the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's bad science and worse policy in "The Silent Spring."

935 PM ET: Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek: re Student loan debt at $1 Trillion and rising: the next bubble, what is to be done?

950 PM ET: Julia Angwin, WSJ, re how small retailers can now use the algorithms that permict constant repricing of good, bargain hunting online.

John Locke 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism,[2][3][4] was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influencedVoltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.[5]

1005 PM ET: Allan Melzer, Hoover, re his new book, "Why Capitalism?" "Allan Meltzer's Why Capitalism is a thoughtful, historically-based analysis of the roles of government and free markets in a democratic society. Meltzer has thought deeply about the workings of both and has a good sense of which functions each best can be trusted to serve. His analysis of financial regulation in general and of the Dodd-Frank bill in particular is the best I have seen." -- Robert Lucas, University of Chicago, 1995 Nobel laureate in economics

1020 PM ET: Melzer continued.

Locke's theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such asHumeRousseau and Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to pre-existing Cartesian philosophy, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only byexperience derived from sense perception.[6]

1035 PM ET: Harvey Mansfield, Hoover, re why democracy from Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, and de Tocqueville.

1050 PM ET: Oshrat Carmiel, Bloomberg, re the Detroit commercial market declines dramatically, and Lehman gets ten cents on the dollar for a bullding in Farmington Hills.

1105 PM ET: James R. Hagerty, author, "The Fateful History of Fannie Mae: New Deal Birth to Mortgage Crisis Fall."

1120 PM ET: Hagerty continues.

1135 PM ET: Richard Epstein, Hoover, re FDR's Second Bill of Rights and the Obama administration, and Obama's acceptance speech.

1150 PM ET: Epstein continued.

1205 PM ET: Emily Glazer, NYT, re what are the steps that students in college right now at all levels can take to prepare for the job market?

1220 PM ET: Sid Perkins, Science, how do Bengal tigers and humans timeshare territory in Nepal?

1235 PM ET: Bill Vlasic, NYT, re the EPA mandates new CAFE standards for 2025, what is to be done?

1250 PM ET: Tyler Rogoway,, re the F-35 and a warning short story by Arthur C. Clarke.