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  • First Principles Series Report posted October 30, 2008 by Wilfred M. McClay The Idea of Change in American Politics: Meaningful Concept or Empty Promise?

    When confronted with the suddenly omnipresent theme of "change" in present-day American politics, skeptics will likely scoff and say, "Change? So what else is new?" And well they might, for in fact nothing is more familiar and (dare one say) more unchanging than the high status accorded to change in American life. Still, we are seeing it illustrated with…

  • Lecture posted November 28, 2005 by Wilfred M. McClay Myth and Memory in the American Identity Part of The Lehrman Lectures on Restoring America's National Identity

    I'm delighted to be here today, at the kind invitation of my friend Matt Spalding, and to have the honor of taking part in this very distinguished series of lectures on the sources of American national identity and about how we might go about renewing or restoring them. It's a subject of the first importance, and I'm glad that Heritage is devoting attention to it.…

  • Lecture posted December 13, 1995 by Wilfred M. McClay The Mystic Chords of Memory: Reclaiming American History

    I am delighted to be with you this afternoon and to have a role in the Heritage Foundation's worthy project of commemorating Russell Kirk's many contributions to American intellectual life. My own task today is to explore the subject of historical consciousness in America -- a subject about which, strange to say, Russell Kirk actually did not write a great deal, at…

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