Crazy Brainy Asians
Ken Masugi, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, writes on the recent lawsuit charging Harvard with discriminating against Asian-American undergraduate applicants.
Liberals Don't Know Much About Conservative History
Geoffrey Kabaservice argues, “liberal historians should consider subscribing to the Claremont Review of Books or National Affairs, while conservatives should pick up some copies of the Nation or New Yorker. At least your anger will be better informed.”
Who Elected You, Steady State?
Angelo Codevilla, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, responds to the anonymous New York Times op-ed, specifically addressing the author’s claim to represent the good, “steady state,” rather than the dark, “deep state.” He contends, “Truly revolutionary, as well as false, is the claim that officials who oppose the choice the voters made at the ballot box by acting under a false flag of loyalty thereby bring any sort of stability to American public life.”
Law and Liberty
The Frivolous Valley and Its Dreadful Conformity
Michael Anton, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, investigates the nature of California’s Silicon Valley and growing tech industry, describing it as “Hollywood for math nerds.”
Scholars and Justices Challenge “Lawfare” in the Courts
Richard Reeb recaps the Claremont Institute’s annual Constitution Day celebration, which focused on preserving the constitutional separation of powers. Reeb highlights arguments made by the Claremont Institute’s John Eastman and Dr. Michael Uhlmann in panels titled “Lawfare and the Courts” and “Separation of Powers and the ‘New’ Supreme Court.”
New York Times
Breaking Norms Will Renew Democracy, Not Ruin It
Charles Kesler, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and editor of the Claremont Review of Books, argues that most of President Trump’s alleged transgressions offend against the etiquette of modern liberal governance, not the Constitution.
Clarity About Clearances
Angelo Codevilla, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, writes that while reasonable people may disagree about the basis on which security clearances should be granted or removed, it is wholly distinct from the question of who has the authority to do so.
Law and Liberty
Do Americans Want to Be Involved in Local Governance?
William Voegeli, senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, argues, "rather than making American governance more intimidating and baffling to our citizens, we should reengage them as small-d democrats by making political life more accessible."
The Ingraham Angle
Charles Kesler, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and editor of the Claremont Review of Books, appears on The Ingraham Angle to discuss his recent New York Times op-ed. The segment begins around the 20:40 minute mark.
Above the Law
Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: The Complete Clerk Roster For October Term 2018
This major source of legal news notes, “Claremont fellowships are not uncommon among SCOTUS clerks, especially the conservative ones.”
Indeed, this year was no exception, as we welcomed a clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito, winner of Claremont's 2017 Statesmanship Award, and a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, a longtime friend of the Claremont Institute.
The Daily Signal
This Case Presents Perfect Opportunity for Courts to Push Back on Federal Agencies
Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, argues that for too long, federal courts have let agencies rewrite federal law with relative impunity.
The Washington Post
Citizenship shouldn't be a birthright
Read the controversial op-ed by Michael Anton, Claremont Senior Fellow, that inspired a heated response from intellectual figures on both the left and the right. Birthright citizenship, his critics argued, was settled law and therefore not up for debate.
Dred Scott? Seriously?
John Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, comes to Michael Anton's defense on birthright citizenship. He condemns the “recent spate of scurrilous charges leveled against Michael Anton for daring to state that the 14th Amendment—as the Supreme Court itself has recognized—does not mandate automatic citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to parents who owe their allegiance to a foreign sovereign.”
Real Clear Policy
Do We Really Need a New Conservatism?
In an op-ed published as part of a series centered on the American Project on RealClearPolicy, Claremont President Ryan Williams suggests that Donald Trump's political success is an opportunity to re-energize a return to the principles and politics of Americanism, properly understood.
Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small
Angelo Codevilla, Claremont Senior Fellow, offers a heterodox perspective on the now-infamous Trump/Putin press conference, rating the performance “an A+” when judged by the classic principles of diplomacy.
NATO Now Serves the Interests of the Transatlantic Ruling Class
True to form, Angelo Codevilla also takes on the managerial elite and one of its sacred cows, NATO.
Symposium: Repudiating the judicial coup d’état
In a piece for The Hill last year, John Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, labeled the 9th Circuit's decision to block President Donald Trump’s first travel-ban executive order a judicial coup d’état. He also predicted it would be rebuffed, just as it was earlier this week. Eastman describes why this should come as no surprise in a new piece on Trump v. Hawaii.
As America Resolves Its Cold Civil War, We Must Ensure It Doesn’t Get Hot
America is engaged in a "cold civil war," writes Claremont President Ryan Williams. The battle for the American mind and soul is being waged in our schools, on our screens, in our books, and online.
Defending American Classical Liberalism
Is a political order based on rights necessarily and essentially hostile to traditional religious belief and practice? Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Claremont Senior Fellow, defends American classical liberalism in a response to Patrick Deneen's Why Liberalism Failed.
Thank God Trump Isn’t a Foreign Policy Expert
Matthew Peterson, Claremont vice president of education, addresses the worry of many on the left and the right that Trump will bring about a devastating disaster, nuclear or otherwise. While Donald Trump departs from "the norm," that's a good thing, he writes.
The New Criterion
Michael Anton, Claremont Senior Fellow, reviews The Political Theory of the American Founding by Thomas G. West. He asks, then answers, the question: "Is the founders’ political theory true?"
Why The Masterpiece Ruling Is Truly A Major Win For Religious Liberty
Contrary to popular opinion on both the left and the right, John Eastman, founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, argues that the ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was indeed a win for religious liberty.
Joseph Tartakovsky, James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute, reflects on the 1787 Philadelphia Convention.
Between Liberalism and Democracy
Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and Claremont senior fellow, reviews The People vs. Democracy, a book he describes as "among the most interesting of the new books on the left trying to come to grips with what it variously calls 'populism' or 'authoritarian populism.'"
"American exceptionalism is under siege — that’s what conservatives heard from the winners of the 2018 Bradley Prize winners Tuesday night," writes Anders Hagstrom, regarding remarks by Claremont Senior Fellows Charles Kesler and Allen Guelzo at the 2018 Bradley Prizes.
The Seth and Chris Show
Charles Kesler on Thinking About Trump
Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and Claremont senior fellow, joins the Seth and Chris Show to discuss his new piece, "Thinking About Trump." Seth praises the essay, "If you want to understand the political moment we're in right now, this is the piece to beat.”
The Larry Elder Show
John Eastman on James Clapper
John Eastman, founding director of Claremont's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, joined the Larry Elder Show to discuss if James Clapper may be in legal trouble over the Dossier leaks.
C-SPAN aired footage of Claremont's book event featuring Joseph Tartakovsky, James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute, on the unexpected story of our Constitution through the eyes of ten extraordinary individuals.
Richard W. Graber, president and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, writes that "The hard-fought policy wins cited here are the yield of robust ideas in this country, and on that score, conservatives have much to be thankful for." He continues that examples of outstanding individuals include Claremont's Allen Guelzo and Charles Kesler.
Michael Anton, ’94 Publius Fellow and author of "The Flight 93 Election" essay, bids a tasteful adieu to the White House.
Capital Public Radio
Police Shooting Billboard Marks Shift In Public Health Conversation
Matthew Peterson, Vice President of Education, weighs in on the California Endowment’s latest billboard on Broadway in Sacramento. The billboard in question features the names and faces of seven Sacramento men who were killed by police. "Philanthropic organizations are always seeking to influence politics in some way," Peterson said. "You’re going to continue to see this kind of war over the narrative in California and the rest of the country, and I think people are paying closer attention to it since the national election."
The Human Factor
Jay Cost praises The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America’s Supreme Law by Joseph Tartakovsky, Claremont Review of Books contributing editor: “he has offered a fascinating and lively way to recast the nation’s founding document.”
Eliana Johnson, Publius Fellow 2006, writes on Michael Anton, Publius Fellow 1994, and his decision to leave the White House:
"Before joining the Trump administration, Anton had become a controversial figure during the 2016 campaign for his attempt to make the case for Trump’s candidacy. In a pseudonymous essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” he made a highbrow version of Trump’s attack on the GOP establishment, calling conservative intellectuals wilted and outmoded, and praised Trump for connecting the issues of trade, immigration and foreign policy.
"Writers affiliated with the Claremont Institute, the California think tank that published Anton’s essay, are among the small coterie of right-leaning intellectuals who have continued to defend the president."
Total Political War
Matthew Peterson, Claremont's Vice President of Education, boldly declares: “The election of President Trump made it clear that America is not engaged in politics as usual. We are in the midst of a political war.”
Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn
Charles Kesler on Trump’s First Year, “Never Trump,” and More
Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn. The two discuss Trump's first year in office, the present status of the "Never Trump" movement (a topic Kesler wrote about in his latest CRB Editor's Note, "Among the Never Trumpers"), and hypotheticals on the future of conservatism.
Claremont's John Eastman serves as co-counsel on behalf of NIFLA and the two pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case concerning whether or not the government can compel prolife crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion. SCOTUS heard oral arguments on the case on March 20.
#MeToo and the Clinton Carve-Out
An abridged version of William Voegeli’s essay from the Winter CRB, “After the Pervalance,” appears on American Greatness.
Claremont President Ryan Williams writes on the State of the Union address, in which "President Trump spoke to Congress about individual Americans and the meaning of American citizenship – often using criminals, adversaries and hostile foreign powers as foils. The president’s speech was about that most fundamental of political and human distinctions – friends versus enemies – but it built to a vision of American justice rooted in the sovereignty of the people."
The Ed Martin Movement
Radio: Robert Curry on Robert Mueller and the Missing Texts
Robert Curry, Claremont board member and contributor to the Claremont Review of Books, discusses what the shifting landscape of the Mueller investigation and media coverage as well as the current DOJ investigation of missing texts might portend for the future of the American justice system and our confidence in it. The interview begins at the 10:38 mark.
Minding the Campus
A New Book Takes On 500 Years Of Modern Liberalism
William Voegeli, senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, reviews Patrick Deneen’sWhy Liberalism Failed. "Like most authors of books on politics and social conditions, Deneen is a loquacious pathologist but tongue-tied clinician."
The Seth and Chris Show
Radio: Ryan Williams on James Burnham and Conservatism
Ryan Williams, Claremont President, discusses modern conservative political philosopher James Burnham, and his role in shaping today's conservative movement.
Military Dollars, and Sense
Claremont Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla criticizes the bipartisan agreement to increase the Pentagon’s budget by $81 billion. "It behooves all Americans, but especially those on the right, no longer to pretend that the military and intelligence services are anything other than the bureaucracies they are—to stop reflexively giving them money, and to demand that they actually serve their intended purpose."