America's Roundtable

John Yoo | Socialism vs. The American Constitutional Structure | The China Threat

July 7th, 2021

Join America's Roundtable co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy for a conversation with special guest John Yoo, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California–Berkeley School of Law, a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism issues after the September 11 attacks.

The conversation elevates patriotic thoughts and highlights America's founding in 1776 and the advancement of the great cause of liberty. On America's Roundtable, John Yoo, Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy delve into the challenges we face in America, the push of socialism versus the American constitutional structure and how the founding generation emphasized decentralization and federalism while safeguarding checks and balances with an understanding that — "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." The discussion also brings to the forefront the growing China threat, the communist regime's cyber-attacks, the rising military threat and the "debt-trap diplomacy" impacting nations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

John Yoo served as general counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee under its chairman, Orrin Hatch of Utah. And he has been a law clerk for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and US Court of Appeals judge Laurence Silberman.

Socialism vs. The American Constitutional Structure: The Advantages Of Decentralization And Federalism | John Yoo

Socialism is finally getting the American honeymoon it never got in the last century. But American federalism’s division of power between a national government and fifty sovereign states makes difficult, if not impossible, the unified economic planning necessary to supplant capitalism. Decentralization of power, the Constitution’s Framers hoped, would not just promote government effectiveness but would also protect individual liberty by encouraging Washington and the states to check each other.

Our Constitution’s fundamental decentralization of power does not prevent many Americans from wishing for socialism anyway. A 2019 Gallup poll found that 43 percent of adults believed socialism to be “a good thing” and 47 percent even reported that they could vote for a socialist candidate for president. While a bare majority still opposes socialism, that view loses popularity among younger Americans. Since 2010, their attitude toward capitalism has deteriorated to the point that millennials view both capitalism and socialism with equal favor at about 50 percent. That contrasts with baby boomers, who support capitalism over socialism by 68–32 percent, and Gen Xers, whose support is 61–39 percent.


His tenth book, Defender-in-Chief: Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, was published last year by St. Martin’s Press. Professor Yoo’s other books include Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War (2017); Point of Attack (2014); Taming Globalization (2012); Crisis and Command (2010); War by Other Means (2016); and The Powers of War and Peace (2005). He has co-edited three other books, most recently Liberty’s Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State (2016) (with Dean Reuter). |

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