EPPC Briefly: Conservatism and the Past, Present, and Future of the GOP

March 19, 2015



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Whose Republicans?
Reviewing two new books on key aspects of GOP history, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen observes that “they underestimate the degree to which conservatism is both the heir to and the modern interpretation of the historic Republican commitment to freedom for all.” Mr. Olsen addresses how enduring conservative principles should be applied to today’s problems.

Conservatives and the Need for an Appealing Governing Philosophy
In order to win the White House and better align the federal government with America’s founding ideals, Republican primary voters should back “the conservative best able to articulate and implement an appealing public philosophy for life in the 21st century,” explains EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner.

Interview: George Weigel on the Second Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about why Pope Francis is “in an evangelical hurry,” what his popularity means for the Church, and what Catholics in the U.S. and around the world can expect to see in the years to come.

See also Mr. Weigel’s essay for the Tablet (U.K.), outlining Pope Francis’s “solid accomplishments.”

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EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner Named New York Times Contributor

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner has been named a New York Times contributing opinion writer. Look for his regular pieces in the Times’s Op-Ed and Sunday Review pages in the near future.



Don’t Trust Obama on Iran

EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen argues that Republicans are right to challenge President Obama’s approach to Iran, because “after six years, the evidence of his duplicity is abundant.”

Lenin Meets Corleone
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel sees echoes of The Godfather in the machinations of Vladimir Putin, “a super-don, far beyond the ambitions of Vito Corleone, who has created something quite new on the global political landscape.”

The Neuroscience of Despair
The recent emphasis on the chemical and biological aspects of depression has drawn our attention away from its important social and psychological aspects. In this essay from EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis, Michael W. Begun shows how we got here and explains why a neurobiological understanding of depression can never be complete.

When Hillary’s Server Meets Obama’s Pen
EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz warns that President Obama’s “dangerous expansion of executive authority” would provide President Hillary Clinton with a roadmap for abusing constitutional authority.

Modernizing Congress’s Scorekeepers
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin explains why it’s time to reform the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, which “have failed to keep up with the times and so are not offering Congress and the country the kind of service that modern technology should now enable them to provide.”

Why Marco Rubio Would Be the Strongest Republican Candidate
EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen summarizes the case for Marco Rubio, who carries a conservative message “wrapped in sincerity, uplift, and warmth, not scowls and censure.”

The GOP Must Use the Reconciliation Option Prudently
Assessing the challenges and opportunities facing the GOP-controlled Congress, EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta urges House and Senate leaders “to think clearly about their tactical options and to come to a rough agreement” about how to approach budget-related legislation in the months ahead.

Keeping Catholic Schools Catholic
The secularist threat to Catholic institutions is growing, observes EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, “given that ‘tolerance’ has become the all-purpose bludgeon with which the sexual revolution, in all its manifestations, beats its adversaries into submission or drives them into catacombs.”

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