Independent Outlook Episode 32: Biden Threatens Over Ukraine, Olympics & Covid Controls, Academic Intolerance
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
The Independent Outlook is the regular round-table conversation from the Independent Institute that provides timely insights and cutting-edge commentary on the most pressing issues of the day. It usually features Independents David J. Theroux (Founder and President), Dr. Williamson M. Evers (Senior Fellow), and Dr. Graham H. Walker (Executive Director), as well as occasional additional Independent Institute fellows.
In this thirty-second episode of Independent Outlook, Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr., joins with Williamson Evers, and Graham Walker to examine the complex issues surrounding the military tensions between Russia, Ukraine, and the West, especially President Biden's recent steps to threaten both economic sanctions and military action in response to Russian activity in the region. We also look at what the Beijing Olympics are revealing about the Chinese Communist regime, which is using the Covid crisis to implement massive and detailed social controls that are not being scaled back as the health crisis recedesand probably never will be. We further consider the increasingly coercive atmosphere in American academe, illustrated by Georgetown University's punishment of Ilya Shapiro for expressing disagreement with the Affirmative Action policy behind President Biden's SCOTUS nomination plan. And of course, there is much more!
Graham H. Walker
is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy
at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Walker has served as Associate Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Scholar in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), Senior Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute, Headmaster at Oaks Christian School, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President at Patrick Henry College, Legislative Aide to former Congressman David Stockman, and Fellow at the Presidio Institute.
Williamson M. Evers
is a Senior Fellow, Director of the Center on Educational Excellence, and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy
at the Independent Institute. Dr. Evers received his Ph.D. degree in political science from Stanford University, and he has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development from 2007 to 2009; Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings during 2007; and former Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In addition, he was a member of the Hoover Institutions Koret Task Force on K-12 Education from its beginning in 1999 until it wrapped up in 2014. From July to December 2003, he served in Iraq as Senior Adviser for Education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
William J. Watkins, Jr.
is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the Independent books, Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America's First Constitution
and Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy
. He received his B.A. in history and German summa cum laude from Clemson University, his J.D. cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LL.M. with merit from the University of London. Mr. Watkins is a former law clerk to Judge William B. Traxler, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he is the President of the Greenville, SC, Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has served as a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and has practiced in various state and federal courts.