What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Campaign 2024

Michael A. Genovese holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership and serves as President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University. The author of over 50 books, he frequently appears as a political commentator on CNN and elsewhere. No writer has had a deeper insight into the human psyche that William Shakespeare. He fully… Continue reading What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Campaign 2024

Review of Stephen Knott’s Coming to Terms with John F. Kennedy

Alec D. Rogers is an attorney specializing in government practice and policy in Washington, DC.  In Coming to Terms with John F. Kennedy, Stephen Knott brings a lifetime of careful and thoughtful study of the American government, foreign policy, and covert operations to evaluate that most Shakespearean of presidents. Knott’s account is not merely a… Continue reading Review of Stephen Knott’s Coming to Terms with John F. Kennedy

Bowling in Fear? Gun Violence and the Erosion of Civil Society

Brianne Wolf is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at James Madison College at Michigan State University. The issue of guns in America is often discussed as essential to freedom in a liberal society. On the one side of the issue, the freedom relates to the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms against a tyrannical sovereign.… Continue reading Bowling in Fear? Gun Violence and the Erosion of Civil Society

Stewarding a Shapeless Culture

Mark Antonio Menaldo is Department Head and Associate Professor of Liberal Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. From heady academic categories to buzzword nomenclatures, “culture” applies to almost anything. The dominant way of thinking of  “culture” today is as a “social phenomenon.” “Culture” is widespread, amorphous, and has a life of its own. When we use… Continue reading Stewarding a Shapeless Culture

The Lincoln Challenge

Steven B. Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science, Yale University Every other year I teach a class at Yale called The Mind of Lincoln.  The course is an in-depth study of the speeches and letters of Lincoln combined with writings from some of his most distinguished contemporaries and predecessors among whom are Daniel Webster,… Continue reading The Lincoln Challenge

The Return of the “Military-Industrial Complex”

David Lewis Schaefer, Professor of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross In what was probably the most foolish utterance he made as President, Dwight Eisenhower, in his final address to the nation before he left office, offered a warning, authored by Johns Hopkins political scientist and speechwriter Malcolm Moos, about the supposed threat of… Continue reading The Return of the “Military-Industrial Complex”

Pence: Do the Right Thing

Gary Schmitt is a senior fellow in the Social, Cultural and Constitutional Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute. When former Vice President Mike Pence talks about his preferred nominees for the federal bench and the Supreme Court, he will make clear he does so because they are likely to be “originalists” when it comes… Continue reading Pence: Do the Right Thing


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