This may be a reach, but does anyone remember the old TV roundtable discussions on the law that included retired Justice Potter Stewart?
It aired on PBS in the early 80s, and was called The Constitution: That Delicate Balance.
I was riveted by the program, the variety and character of the guests, the Trumanesque fair-mindedness of Justice Stewart, the humor and intellect of Professors Nesson and Miller.
They tackled important constitutional and political issues forthrightly but in an engaging, highly entertaining fashion.
I would say that show -- along perhaps with Steve Allen's brilliant Meeting of the Minds and of course Buckley's Firing Line -- were formative influences and led me on the path of becoming a lawyer and understanding what it means to be an advocate and professional.
Hmm, looking back I guess I watched a lot of Channel 2 (hey, there were only 4 channels!).
Sheesh, what has become of our discourse?
Reading Roy Black's Facebook page is a descent into madness. Not because of Roy's provocative, often insightful observations, but the quick turn in the comments to trolling, insults, meanness and stupidity.
Is it lame to complain about the loss of public intellectuals and the inability to have meaningful debates over matters of great public importance?
I guess, but you know things are bad when you can't even get Cleopatra and Hitler into a room anymore for a nice dinner and some polite conversation!