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  • Commentary posted July 6, 2015 by David Azerrad, Ph.D. What The Declaration Of Independence Says About The American Character

    The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, was “intended to be an expression of the American mind.” Although not intended as such, it was also an expression of the American character. Woven throughout the text are insights into the minds and virtues of those Lincoln called the “once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed race of…

  • 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 9, 2015 by Arthur Milikh Excuses, Excuses

    Much of modern psychology applies the empirical methodologies of natural science to man. This accounts for its authority but also for many of its errors. Today, empiricism no longer has to argue for its own authority, so firmly ensconced is it in the public imagination. It has been almost universally accepted as capable of explaining all things, including man. As…

  • 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 June 2, 2015 by Arthur Milikh What Obama Really Fears

    Since 2009, everyone has been waiting for a clear articulation of President Obama’s grand strategy. Indeed, careers have been made analyzing what this mysterious thinking might be. The administration has of course released documents like the 2015 National Security Strategy. But regrettably neither the military community nor the defense civilian establishment takes…

  • 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 April 16, 2015 by Arthur Milikh The Obama Constitution

    Sometimes the Left unwittingly throws gems our way. These come in rare moments of exasperation, rather than the usual poise the Left displays. The transformation of America, after all, requires quiet, subtle movements, coordinated with high-minded propaganda. That’s why moments of condescending contempt, accompanied by the Left’s sharpest weapon — mockery — are so…

  • 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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…