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Alan Dershowitz - Why I Left The Left & Can't Join The Right: A Case For Liberalism During Extremism

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Alan Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.”

He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg.

He has also published more than 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, Huffington Post, Newsmax, Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz.

Professor Dershowitz is the author of 30 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including The New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and five other national bestsellers. His autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, was published in October 2013 by Crown, a division of Random House. Earlier titles include “an exceptional, action packed book,” The Trials of Zion, a novel which has been called “a thought-provoking page turner;” Rights From Wrong; The Case For Israel; The Case For Peace; Blasphemy; Preemption; Finding Jefferson; and Shouting Fire.

In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports – and even delicatessens.

In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his “compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights.”

In presenting the award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said: “If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different.”

Professor Dershowitz has been awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree by Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College, Syracuse University, Tel Aviv University, New York City College, Haifa University and several other institutions of learning. He has also been the recipient of numerous academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for The Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books.

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1. Any Kind Of Censorship Is Bad
2. Trillion Dollar Companies Hiding Behind Community Policies
3. We Have To Choose A Side
4. Today We Have The Worst Elements Of Censorship
5. Few Private Networks Control The Flow Of Information
6. We Need To Hear Opposing Views To Form An Opinion
7. We Should Lead By Being Unbiased And Truthful
8. Me Too Movement
9. Defunding The Police Is A Revolutionary Act
10. We Should Allow People To Protest But Not Harm Property
11. The Trust Must Be Restored By Taking Less Lethal Measures
12. Once You Deceive The Citizen You Lose The Trust
13. The Legality Of Government Mandated Vaccines And Its Censorship
14. My Job Is To Defend People Whether Guilty Or Innocent
15. The OJ Simpson Case And The Biased Way Netflix Presented The Documentary
16. Representing Natan Sharansky A Human Rights Activist
17. Secret To My Success
18. At 10 Years Old Living In Israel During The Holocaust
19. I Have Written 43 Books So Far

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer.
01:00 | Brian’s introduction.
02:38 | Censorship is rampant and becoming the norm and that’s bad and the reason he left the Left.
05:11 | Balance between keeping government out of our free speech and opening up the market place of ideas as broadly as possible.
06:58 | Today you have to pick a side to be on, with no place for nuance. If you pick Black Lives Matter you can’t criticise them for calling Israel a genocidal and apartheid country.
09:45 | How CNN and Netflix closed down the marketplace of ideas in the Trump impeachment and Jeffrey Epstein cases.
13:05 | The marketplace of ideas is not just being closed, but closed selectively, and people need to complain.
17:58 | Freedom of speech is being threatened online and other areas of life too.
18:06 | In his youth access to differing views was possible, but it is more restricted now.
19:50 | Is censorship too complex a problem to solve?
21:41 | The “Me Too” movement is me, not you.
23:37 | How “Me Too” movement is being turned into a racket and Black Lives Matter, at extremes, could turn into a protection racket.
25:21 | Defunding the police is a revolutionary act, the first victims will be the poor and particularly those of colour.
27:40 | We have a right to protest, but selective violence has to be policed.
29:18 | Protests will produce reforms and Coronavirus will result in societal changes, but people need to feel they can trust advice.
32:49 | Alan Dershowitz’ opinion of the leading advice given in current pandemic.
34:05 | The legal view of a vaccine for Covid-19 and why he will debate the issue with Bobby Kennedy Jnr.
38:24 | He has defended the right of people to have freedom of speech in many controversial situations.
44:18 | Dealing with reaction to his defending OJ Simpson, Mike Tyson, Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.
47:32 | His approach when he meets a client.
49:54 | How crucial evidence in the OJ Simpson trial was omitted in a book and TV series based on it.
52:28 | The powerful reason his most memorable case was defending Soviet dissident Anatoly Shcharansky.
53:42 | What the Trump impeachment case taught him about politics and media censorship.
54:55 | Alan Dershowitz’ advice to those who would like to emulate him as a lawyer.
57:53 | Alan Dershowitz is surprised to be so controversial and how he primarily thinks of himself.
1:00:06 | Why he is so passionate about Israel.
1:02:22 | A prolific author, longing for a time when there is debate between centralist conservatism and centralist liberalism.
1:04:55 | Alan Dershowitz will maintain his principles, regardless of the consequences and what people think.
1:06:03 | How to see, in his book Accusation, the lies of Netflix and how you can’t believe all women.
1:06:42 | Brian’s summing up.

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