Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow

Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a contributing editor).

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Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates. Mr. Kurtz has written on these and other issues for various journals, particularly National Review Online (where he is a contributing editor).

Mr. Kurtz has published two influential books on President Obama’s political history and policy agenda: Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism (Threshold) and Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities (Sentinel). He has also led the campaign to reform federal subsidies to academic programs of “area studies” under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, and has co-authored model campus free speech legislation adopted by several states.

Mr. Kurtz’s latest book, The Lost History of Western Civilization (National Association of Scholars), offers both a critique of deconstructionist history and a new way of looking at America’s cultural conflicts. (A free pdf of the book can be downloaded here.)

Mr. Kurtz received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University. He later taught at Harvard, winning several teaching awards for his work in a Great Books Program. He was also Dewey Prize Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chicago.

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‘The End of History’ Reconsidered

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Over at Hugh Hewitt’s blog, Dean Barnett has some interesting thoughts on how Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis has…

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National Review Online / December 5, 2006

The Blame Game

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In several posts over at Talking Points Memo (here, here, and here)  Josh Marshall claims that I’m trying to blame the…

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National Review Online / December 1, 2006

Iraq Lessons

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I think Ralph Peters hits the nail on the head today.  According to Peters, we now have to choose between…

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National Review Online / November 30, 2006

Democracy Illusions

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Bad news.  Very bad news.  I really don’t think news articles get much more discouraging than this one and this…

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National Review Online / November 28, 2006

False Choice

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What do realists want? In a post titled “Three Foreign Policies,” I argued that the apparent agreement among those calling…

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National Review Online / November 27, 2006

Three and Four Parent Families

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Will same-sex marriage open the door to still more radical redefinitions of the family?  The argument against a “slippery slope”…

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National Review Online / November 20, 2006

The Blue Angels Should Leave San Francisco

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Honor; Courage; Commitment: These are the virtues proclaimed on the opening page of the official website of the Blue Angels,…

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National Review Online / November 20, 2006

Three Foreign Policies

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We seem to be moving toward a period of struggle between three foreign policy camps: dovish Democrats, hawkish Republicans, and…

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National Review Online / November 20, 2006

San Francisco’s Ban on the Junior ROTC

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San Francisco has banned the Junior ROTC program (JROTC) from the city’s high schools. (For a report on related initiatives,…

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National Review Online / November 16, 2006

Doves Fly Toward Iran

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Increasingly, it looks as though the United States may attempt to negotiate a “grand bargain” with Iran. To settle our…

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National Review Online / November 13, 2006

Marriage Politics

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What can we say about the effect of the same-sex marriage issue on the election? That will likely clarify a…

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National Review Online / November 8, 2006

Marriage Wins

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With the important exception of Arizona, 2006 was an excellent election for those who believe that marriage is the union…

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National Review Online / November 8, 2006