Brooks on Bork: Scholar, public servant, passionate policy voice

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Judge Robert Bork has passed away at the age of 85. A longtime legal scholar, judge, and friend of AEI, he leaves a long legacy as a scholar, a public servant, and a passionate voice in policy.

At AEI, Judge Bork was a visiting scholar and then a resident scholar for many years. He was also the recipient of the 1984 Francis Boyer award, the predecessor to the Irving Kristol award.

To most people, Bork was likely best known as a critic of the Warren Court and a defender of originalism. But perhaps his most lasting legacy is in the field of anti-trust law, where his legal writings and economic analysis of anti-trust, where the view that he developed — that antitrust law should seek to maximize benefits to consumers — has gone from a niche view to one widely accepted by legal scholars. He wrote his seminal work on the topic, "The Antitrust Paradox," while at AEI.

Judge Bork was a brilliant legal scholar and policy thinker, and a great friend to AEI. He will be missed.

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  • Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

    Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

    Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.


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