SCHOLARLY BOOKS

 

Browse recent books by Claremont senior fellows and affiliated scholars
 

 

PROGRESSIVISM: THE STRANGE HISTORY OF A RADICAL IDEA
BY BRAD WATSON

A major American intellectual makes the historical case that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, instead left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled—and ready to put an adventurer in the White House. Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high—in wealth, freedom, and social stability—and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations.


 

THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT
BY CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL

A major American intellectual makes the historical case that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, instead left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled—and ready to put an adventurer in the White House. Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high—in wealth, freedom, and social stability—and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations.

Read our review of the book on ClaremontReviewofBooks.com


 

PROPERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
BY EDWARD J. ERLER

In this book, Edward Erler brings a lifetime of study of political philosophy, the American founding, and the US constitution to the central role of property in American constitutional thought. Erler argues that the Founders considered the natural right to property as the comprehensive right that included every other right. In this sense they followed political philosopher John Locke, but at the same time made significant improvements on Locke, making it moral and political, something they called the “pursuit of happiness.”


 

THE REDISCOVERY OF AMERICA
BY EDWARD ERLER and KEN MASUGI

Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015), one of the profoundest political thinkers of his time, is known most prominently for his pathbreaking work on Abraham Lincoln. Jaffa, who taught for 50 years at the Claremont Colleges and was a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, sought to produce a revolution in political philosophy by applying Strauss’s controversial thinking about natural right, Scripture, and human greatness to American politics.

Read our review of the book on ClaremontReviewofBooks.com


 

AFTER THE FLIGHT 93 ELECTION: THE VOTE THAT SAVED AMERICA
AND WHAT WE STILL HAVE TO LOSE
BY MICHAEL ANTON

In September 2016, the provocative essay “The Flight 93 Election” galvanized many voters by spotlighting the stakes ahead in November and reproaching complacent elements of the Right. It also drew disparagement from many who judged it too apocalyptic in its assessment of the options facing the electorate.