ILYA SOMIN is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. He is a regular contributor for the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog and is the author or co-author of several books, including The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London” and the Limits of Eminent Domain. Professor Somin has recently released a second edition of his 2013 book, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, which he will discuss with us today.

WILLIAM S. KING is an independent scholar and commercial driver specializing in the transport of oversized industrial materials. He is the author of the award-winning To Raise Up a Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and the Making of a Free Country. His new book is titled Till the Dark Angel Comes: Abolitionism and the Road to the Second American Revolution.