EPPC Briefly: Weigel, Eberstadt Address Members of Class of 2014

May 30, 2014


Although the college commencement season witnessed the dismal trend of “uninvited” speakers and incoherent student protests, two EPPC scholars received a warm welcome from their audiences.

A New Birth of Freedom

At the University of Dallas’s commencement ceremony, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel urged graduates to heed the example of Pope St. John Paul II and embrace “the exhilarating, challenging, and sometimes dangerous task of giving the West a new birth of freedom rightly understood.”

You Are More Important Than You Know

At Seton Hall University, EPPC Senior Fellow Mary Eberstadt decried the “insidious new tolerance” that “says we must have diversity in all things—except ideas.”

See also EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz’s discussion of the insipid faculty protest against Mrs. Eberstadt that fizzled.

A Conservative Governing Agenda

EPPC scholars continue to lead the way in outlining a serious agenda for conservative reform. Senior Fellows James C. Capretta and Peter Wehner and Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin contributed chapters to Room to Grow, a new book published by the YG network that is drawing extensive attention.

In his contribution to Room to Grow, titled “A Conservative Governing Vision,” Mr. Levin argues that “conservatives must help the public see that the agenda they offer is rooted not just in fiscal concerns but in a political, moral, and social vision aligned with the realities of American life and the character of Americans’ aspirations.” (See also this conversation between the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin and Mr. Levin, Mr. Wehner, and National Review‘s Ramesh Ponnuru: part one, part two, part three.)

Writing at National Review Online, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen extols Ronald Reagan’s appeal to working-class Americans: “He celebrated the effort, thrift, and ingenuity of the American worker, not the American boss.”

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2014 Bradley Symposium: “America’s Prospects: Promise and Peril”

EPPC is pleased to co-host this year’s Bradley Symposium on June 18. Join EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin and a panel of experts for an event examining economic, political, and demographic trend-lines in American life. Click here for more information.

2014 Summer Movie Series: Middle America and the Movies

This summer, join EPPC Resident Scholar, and American Spectator movie critic, James Bowman for six movies set in the rural and small towns of America’s Midwest. This eighth annual series is presented by EPPC and the Hudson Institute. For more details, click here.

EPPC Job Opening: Event Coordinator and Administrative Manager

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The Good of Government

In First Things, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton calls on conservatives to “map out the true domain of government, and the limits beyond which action by the government is a trespass on the freedom of the citizen.”

For City Kids and City Neighborhoods

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel argues that cash-strapped inner-city Catholic schools are worthy of broad support because they are “the Church’s best anti-poverty and empowerment program – indeed, they may be America’s best anti-poverty program.”

Obamacare’s Ongoing Dysfunction

EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta discusses the “epic failure in implementation [of Obamacare] that is still ongoing, masked in part by on-the-fly workarounds that will eventually cost taxpayers billions of dollars.”

Human Rights: Nonsense on Stilts?

EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton observes that, in the European Union, the United Nations, and elsewhere, “the human rights idea has been cast loose from its philosophical moorings” and is being used to increase state power and constrain individual freedom.

Why the Official Explanation of MH370’s Demise Doesn’t Hold Up

Writing for The Atlantic, Ari Schulman of EPPC’s New Atlantis journal offers a detailed analysis of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 and raises serious questions about whether authorities are looking in the right place. Mr. Schulman’s piece helped spark a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the investigation and likely contributed to search authorities’ decision to release raw satellite data. (See also one of his recent appearances on CNN discussing the situation.)


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