Stanley Kurtz

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Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Beyond his work with Education and American Ideals, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor to American public debates 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 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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Marriage and the Terror War

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Why is the United States engaged in a war against Islamic terrorists? The Left blames the war on American foreign…

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National Review Online / February 15, 2007

Marriage and the Terror War, Part II

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Part I of this essay is available here. For the greater part of human history, almost every society has been…

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National Review Online / February 16, 2007

War of Cultures

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It’s a cold day in May when I think someone is exaggerating the significance of America’s culture war. Usually the…

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National Review Online / February 14, 2007

Angry Talk

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So the Democrats won the election. Is there any less anger in our politics for that? Not as far as…

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National Review Online / January 2, 2007

Back to Burke and Tocqueville

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Try this on for size: “On the scheme of this barbarous philosophy, which is the offspring of cold hearts and…

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National Review Online / December 6, 2006

More Blame Game

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I’ve claimed that our problems in Iraq are due to mistakes and misjudgements by the president, but also to America’s…

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National Review Online / December 4, 2006

‘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