The Score: Eminent Domain, Human Rights, Young Voices, Fifth District

This week on The Score – the debasement of human rights; eminent domain in the movies; Young Voices spread the word of liberty; and Randolph Byrd continues his tour of the conservative movement in Virginia.


Doug Hornig lives in Nelson County, Virginia. You may know his name from the many articles and books he’s written. He’s the author of The Boys of October: How the 1975 Boston Red Sox Embodied Baseball’s Ideals–and Restored Our Spirits and he’s the creator of fictional private eye Loren Swift, who investigates crime and corruption in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. He has written for magazines like Playboy, Penthouse, Business Week, National Review, Whole Earth Review, Gadfly, and Islands.

Nowadays Doug is a property rights activist and, in that capacity, he is arranging for a screening of the new movie, Little Pink House, next month. (You probably heard Tim Hulsey’s review of Little Pink House a couple of weeks ago.) It tells the story of the Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. New London decision of 2005.

But let’s hear Doug Hornig explain what it’s about, and what he has planned for the movie on June 28. He also talks about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its opponents and how that situation relates to eminent domain and Kelo.

Aaron Rhodes human rights Cato InstituteLast week at the Cato Institute in Washington, Aaron Rhodes spoke about his new book, The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom. That book is a devastating account of the so-called human rights community’s intellectual confusions and moral corruption.

I caught up with Dr. Rhodes just after the panel discussion – which also included Jamie Kirchick, a previous guest on The Score, and Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute – and asked him to describe his book to us, briefly.

Young Voices is a relatively new non-profit organization with a mission is to cultivate the next generation of thought leaders for liberty in policy, journalism, and academia. I had an opportunity to meet the executive director of Young Voices, Casey Given, and ask him what Young Voices does and how it does it.

We will hear more from Casey Given of Young Voices next week, when he talks about Net Neutrality and immigration, two topics that always seem to be in the news.

Last week we heard long-time Republican activist Randolph Byrd talk about the recent evolution of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Randolph was chairman of the Fifth Congressional District GOP Committee in the 1990s. This week, he looks back about 25 years to George Allen’s campaign for governor and how the Republican Party of Virginia has changed since then.

Tucker Watkins 2010In our “From the Archives” segment this week, I reach back to a couple of interviews I did eight years ago with the late Tucker Watkins, who was one of Randolph Byrd’s successors as Fifth Congressional District GOP chairman. Tucker was always good for insights about politics and always had a wry sense of humor.

In the first interview, Tucker looks back at ten years as district chairman. In the second, which took place just after the primary election for congress in June 2010, he explains how Robert Hurt won the nomination and how he would go on to win in the general election. Robert Hurt served three terms in Congress. He was succeeded by Tom Garrett, who was elected in 2016.

Next week on The Score: a report from the Sixth Congressional District GOP convention in Harrisonburg, plus Randolph Byrd makes predictions and Casey Given and I continue our conversation. There will be more.