Robin, Blitz lead political debate on freedom

Mark BlitzA debate examining the political, moral, social and economic factors necessary for freedom to be achieved will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The debate, “The Politics of Freedom,” will feature Corey Robin (right) of Brooklyn College and Mark Blitz (left) of Claremont McKenna College.

Corey RobinThese two leading intellectuals of the left and right will offer their opinions on the source of American freedom and respond to key questions facing many Americans. What is freedom?

Robin, associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, is currently working on a book about the political theory of the free market. His past works include “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin” and “Fear: The History of a Political Idea.” His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, the London Review of Books and other distinguished publications.

Blitz, Fletcher Jones professor of political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and a fellow of the Claremont Institute, is co-editor of “Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield.” He is also the author of “Conserving Liberty,” “Plato’s Political Philosophy,” “Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life” and “Heidegger’s Being and Time and the Possibility of Political Philosophy.”

The debate is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,