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Pierce Babirak | UVA Darden Chapter
Pierce Babirak is a rising 4th-year dual degree candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law and Darden School of Business concentrating in finance, corporate law, and constitutional law. Prior to UVA, Pierce gained extensive public policy and education experience in his time in Washington D.C. and as a Teach For America corps member. He holds an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Grove City College.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
I'm weirdly good at activities that require superior hand-eye coordination but not a lot of athleticism: ping-pong, billiards, foosball, mini golf, and video games.
How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready daily?
Print: National Review, The Federalist, Volokh Conspiracy, Take Care Blog, Feministing, Slate/Salon, ESPN's New England Patriots Blog. Podcasts: Uncommon Knowledge, So to Speak, The Editors, The Weeds, The Liberty Files, Bloomberg Surveillance. TV: I pretty much exclusively watch MSNBC.
You have been given the power to completely repeal one government regulation of your choice (federal, state, or local). Which one would it be and why?
Oh man, I can only choose one? I'm going to cheat and choose a Constitutional amendment: I'd repeal the 17th Amendment. The framers got it right the first time. Repealing the 17th would focus much of American's attention away from national politics and back on their state legislators, who have far more impact on their lives than national politics does.
Who is your favorite founding father (or president) and why?
Calvin Coolidge. He understood that the government ought to act infrequently, and when it must act, it ought only to do so with narrow, targeted focus. He gave us the famous quote (rather applicable to the Adam Smith Society), "The business of America, is business." He also gave the Fourth of July Speech on the 150th birthday of America, which I HIGHLY recommend everyone read--I read it every Fourth of July. Perhaps most importantly, every afternoon of his Presidency he stopped working and took a 2-3 hour nap--a habit I wish all government employees would emulate.
Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.
A community of thoughtful and like-minded friends at business school and a national network of colleagues.