Samples discusses the conflict between freedom of speech and equality with regard to campaign finance laws.
John Samples directs Cato’s Center for Representative Government, which studies campaign finance regulation, delegation of legislative authority, term limits, and the political culture of limited government and the civic virtues necessary for liberty. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Samples is the author of The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History and The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform. Prior to joining Cato, Samples served eight years as director of Georgetown University Press, and before that, as vice president of the Twentieth Century Fund. He has published scholarly articles in Society, History of Political Thought, and Telos. Samples has also been featured in mainstream publications like USA Today, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Samples received his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University.
Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.
Samples discusses J.C. Lester’s conjecture that liberty is compatible with welfare.
Corruption in government is a widely discussed issue, as its impacts on government effectiveness impact democratic institutions and individual liberty.
Why are governments so involved in our lives?
Federalism is the form of government that diffuses political authority. It is favored to protect against consolidation of power in a central authority.
Samples explains how consumers are harmed by corporate rent-seeking with a look at New York City taxi licensing.
Samples discusses some of the failures of the constitution, wondering if it can truly be a government limiting document.
Some politicians seem authentic on social media & others completely miss the mark. Should political advertising on social media be regulated?
James Madison would have turned 268 on March 16, 2019, so in honor of that, we explore his political life.
John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.
John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.
Phillipson reconstructs Adam Smith’s intellectual ancestry and formation, of which he gives a radically new and convincing account.
John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.
Gene Healy joins us to discuss the concept of impeachment, from its’ origin to its’ impracticality in our polarized political climate.
From Liberty to Democracy traces the evolution of American government and its fundamental principles.
Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan was marginalized thanks to liberal biases that dominate the teaching of American history.
This week Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, John Samples, and Matthew Feeney discuss 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill’s idea of “civil liberty.”