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  • First Principles Series Report posted October 15, 2012 by Charles R. Kesler, Ph.D. Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism

    Abstract: Liberalism as we know it today in America is on the verge of exhaustion. Facing a fiscal crisis that it has precipitated and no longer sure of its purpose, liberalism will either go out of business or be forced to reinvent itself as something quite different from what it has been. In this careful analysis of Barack Obama’s political thought, Charles R. Kesler…

  • Play Movie What's Next for Conservatism? Video Recorded on January 16, 2009 What's Next for Conservatism?

    What's Next for Conservatism? The Challenge of Limiting Government.…

  • First Principles Series Report posted September 30, 2008 by Charles R. Kesler, Ph.D. The Nature of Rights in American Politics: A Comparison of Three Revolutions

    Partly as a consequence of President Bush's democracy initiative in Iraq and the greater Middle East-the "forward strategy of freedom," as he calls it-the ideas of natural rights on which our government is based have achieved a prominence that they have not enjoyed in American politics at least since the civil rights movement. This President probably has done more…

  • First Principles Series Report posted December 17, 2007 by Charles R. Kesler, Ph.D. What Separation of Powers Means for Constitutional Government

    Judging from their conduct in recent years, the branches of our national government seem to be suffering a prolonged identity crisis. It used to be expected, roughly speaking, that the Congress would pass laws, the President would execute them, and the Supreme Court would interpret them in individual cases. This was the political framework established by the…

  • Lecture posted November 8, 2005 by Charles R. Kesler, Ph.D. The Crisis of American National Identity Part of The Lehrman Lectures on Restoring America's National Identity

    About a decade ago, when he was Vice President, Al Gore explained that our national motto, e pluribus unum, means "from one, many." This was a sad day for knowledge of Latin among our political elite--and after all those expensive private schools that Gore had been packed off to by his paterfamilias. It was the kind of flagrant mistranslation that, had it been…

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