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  • Commentary posted June 23, 2015 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Yes, Communism Is Still With Us

    A quarter of a century ago, Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that had controlled dozens of nations and was responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent victims, suddenly collapsed. In just two years, from 1989 to 1991, the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and the Cold War ended. There was dancing in the streets and champagne toasts on top of the…

  • Commentary posted June 4, 2015 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Dismantling Liberal Myths: A Refresher Course on Ronald Reagan

    Presidential historian H. W. Brands’s new biography of Ronald Reagan and his conclusion that modern American politics is best seen as “The Age of Reagan” has aroused liberals to circulate once again the hoariest myths about the man and his presidency, including the malicious charge that Reagan was deliberately indifferent to the lot of African Americans and other…

  • Commentary posted May 15, 2015 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Let’s Call Islamic Terrorists What They Call Themselves

    For more than three decades, they have sought out and killed Americans. In 1983, in one of the first major anti-American attacks, they bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American servicemen. In 1992, they used bombs to kill two people in Aden, Yemen, in hopes of killing American troops that might be passing through. In February 1993, they used a truck-based…

  • Commentary posted January 12, 2015 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Is Life Worth Living?

    These are troubling times for many Americans. The economic recovery since the Great Recession of 2008 has been the slowest in U.S. history, with millions of out-of-work Americans so discouraged they are no longer even trying to find a job. Forbes puts the real unemployment rate at 12.5 percent. Consumer confidence about the future, according to the University of…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Man who Ignited a Revolution

    Who was Barry Goldwater, universally known as “Mr. Conservative,” and how did his ‘64 presidential campaign ignite a conservative revolution? He was a college dropout whose 1960 book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” sold more than 3.5 million copies. It was once required reading for History 169b at Harvard. He was a man of contradictions: He was inspiring and…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Another Time for Choosing

    Fifty years ago to the day, a political star was born in America. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he seized the national imagination with a mesmerizing television address titled “A Time for Choosing.” The address was described by political analysts David Broder and Stephen Hess as “the most successful political debut since William Jennings Bryan electrified the 1896…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted October 23, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Conservative Mind of Russell Kirk

    In the early 1950s, intellectuals on both the Right and the Left who were at odds about almost everything, agreed on one thing: Conservatism as a defined philosophy and movement scarcely existed in America. Respected intellectuals on the Left such as Lionel Trilling argued that modern “liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition” in the…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    Not since Edmund Morris’s bizarre semi-fictional biography of Ronald Reagan has there been such a deeply disappointing Reagan book as Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. No sooner was it published than it was greeted with charges of plagiarism, egregious misstatements, and “invisible” footnotes. It is always useful to know…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted July 3, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Barry M. Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics

    On November 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was re-elected by the largest popular vote margin in U.S. history, crushing his conservative opponent, Republican Barry Goldwater. Johnson received 61 percent of the vote, topping the previous record set by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and carried 44 states for a total of 486 electoral votes. The election also produced the…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Collapse of Communism

    History often seems to move slowly — like sand through an hourglass – until, also like the sand, at the last moment, it suddenly speeds up and runs out. The Berlin Wall had stood, solid and ugly, since 1961 when President Ronald Reagan went to Germany 27 years ago today, and stood there and challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” Just two years later the…

  • Commentary posted June 4, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The People Want Rights as Much as Rice

    Man does not live by bread alone. So the Bible says, and it’s the message of Tiananmen Square. Chinese students filled that space 25 years ago to demand free speech, democracy, and an end to corruption. Instead, their protest ended in tragedy. Hundreds of young people were killed the night of June 3, 1989, by Chinese Communist soldiers. But they did not die in vain.…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2013 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Roaring Along Conservatism's Rocky Road

    Political wise guys would have you believe that conservatives these days have but two options: either assisted living in a senior community or a bed in a hospice. We are headed for the ash heap of history, where we will be buried without honors — a footnote, at best, to 20th-century politics. At least that’s what William F. Buckley Jr. biographer Sam Tanenhaus (“The…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted December 18, 2012 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. William F. Buckley Jr.: Conservative Icon

    William F. Buckley Jr. was the renaissance man of modern American conservatism. He was the founder and editor in chief of National Review, a syndicated columnist, the host of Firing Line (TV’s longest-running weekly public-affairs program), the author of more than 50 books, and a college lecturer for nearly five decades. His mighty stream of words is almost surely…

  • Heritage in Focus: Sen. DeMint Leaves Senate to Head Heritage Audio Recorded on December 14, 2012 Heritage in Focus: Sen. DeMint Leaves Senate to Head Heritage

    Heritage Distinguished Fellow Dr. Lee Edwards discusses Senator Jim DeMint's decision to step down from Congress and head The Heritage Foundation in April 2013 after Dr. Ed Feulner, President and founding Board member, steps down. Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • Play Movie Delineating the Hofstra Debate - Lee Edwards on Bloomberg Video Recorded on October 17, 2012 Delineating the Hofstra Debate - Lee Edwards on Bloomberg

    Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, discusses the second Presidential debate at Hofstra University on Bloomberg's 'Bottom Line'.…