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  • Commentary posted March 31, 2015 by Arthur Milikh Decayed Decision-Making

    James Allan has written a short book with a big title, Democracy in Decline. It is well researched and thoughtful. Its central claim is that in the five oldest, most stable, and most resilient democracies in the world—the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada—democracy is declining. Some of the greatest writers in the Western canon have…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by David Azerrad Who’s Happier: Liberals Or Conservatives?

    After equality, science is the greatest authority we look up to. As such, the release of any study, no matter how mindless its methods or trivial its findings, is greeted by the press like an oracular pronouncement. Last week, for example, the magazine Science published a study which found that “Conservatives report, but liberals display, greater happiness.” A quick…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2015 by David Azerrad Reconsidering Locke and the Origins of Modernity

    According to one popular account of the decline of Western Civilization, everything was humming along splendidly until the moderns came along and ruined it all. The Greeks, we are told, had essentially given us the correct account of man and politics. Their medieval heirs then tweaked Aristotle’s teaching and harmonized it with the Scriptures. And so the magnificent…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2015 by David Azerrad The Solution to Inequality: Exile the Rich

    Potential presidential candidates looking to make a splash should consider the following bold proposal to solve our inequality problem once and for all: exile the top 0.1% of income earners. Round up all 136,080 taxpayers who make more than $2.16 million a year and ship ’em off to whatever country will accept them. Presto. Problem solved. We’d still, of course, have…

  • Lecture posted March 11, 2015 by Edwin Meese III, David F Forte, Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Second Edition: What Has Changed Over the Past Decade, and What Lies Ahead?

    Edwin Meese III: We are looking at several things today. First, in opening our deliberations this morning, I think we all remember that this is the anniversary of 9/11, the attack on the United States. Some of us are old enough to remember Pearl Harbor, but we all remember 9/11. I think in our own way we will not let this day go by without remembering the attack on the…

  • 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 September 12, 2014 by Arthur Milikh Putin Attacks the West's Soft Underbelly

    Many Americans have a hard time understanding Vladimir Putin. This is partly by design: The cleverness of Russia’s president hovers just outside the West’s intellectual grasp. His love of conquest and glory appear to us as monstrous, cruel, and unnecessary. Why? Putin, it seems, knows this about us, and seeks to exploit our blurry vision. He is waging a new genre of…

  • 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 May 29, 2014 by David Azerrad Life Isn't A Zero-Sum Game

    It may be the most tired trope in the conservative talking-point repertoire: we stand for equality of opportunity, not equality of results. Cue the applause. Without even naming liberals, the point is clearly conveyed to all: they don’t. Those darn liberals believe in equality of outcomes and they won’t rest until they’ve redistributed every last dollar in America. This…