EPPC Briefly: Stanley Kurtz’s new book, Spreading the Wealth

Published August 2, 2012

Spreading the Wealth
In his new book released today, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz exposes how President Obama, in a second term, would use a stealth “regionalist” agenda to implement a massive redistribution of wealth from the suburbs to the cities.Spreading the Wealth has already earned praise as “nothing less than the complete exposure of President Barack Obama’s secret plans for his second term in office—plans that in reality amount to an assault on the values, well-being, and quality of life of the very middle-class voters he claims to represent” and as “a brilliant, must-read book.”See also Mr. Kurtz’s related essay “Burn Down the Suburbs?

Bruce Cole, Former NEH Chairman, Joins EPPC

The Ethics and Public Policy Center is delighted to announce that Dr. Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2001 to 2009, has joined EPPC as a Senior Fellow in order to continue his expert work on the teaching of American history and civics and on private and federal cultural policy. “I’m very pleased to be joining EPPC’s outstanding team of scholars,” said Dr. Cole, “and to help advance EPPC’s important mission of applying and defending core American principles.”


Catholics and Modernity
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel argues that it’s long past time to move beyond the “cowboys-and-Indians hermeneutic of all things Catholic that has plagued the mainstream media’s reporting and commentary on the Catholic Church for two generations.” Read more>>

Friendship Does Not Compute
Does Internet culture encourage narcissism and diminish empathy? In this essay from EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis, Peter Lopatin reviews two books about the relationship-warping effects of the Internet. Read more>>

The Mandate Kicks In
As the HHS mandate on contraceptives and abortifacients takes effect, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel surveys the landscape of this battle over religious freedom. Read more>> (See also EPPC President Ed Whelan’scommentary on the first court victory against the HHS mandate.)

Obamacare after the Supreme Court
EPPC Fellow James C. Capretta and EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin explain why “Obamacare’s champions should take a closer look at what the Court left them with, because on their own terms, the law is now set to collapse.”Mr. Capretta rejects as “dangerous and completely misguided” the belief of Obamacare supporters that the federal bureaucracy “has the knowledge and capacity to re-engineer American health care for the better.”And Mr. Levin observes that even the Congressional Budget Office’s “implausibly hopeful” rescoring of Obamacare projects that it would leave 30 million Americans uninsured. So much for the law’s false promise of universal coverage.

The Polish View of the 2012 Campaign
Citing Polish nervousness about our 2012 elections, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel urges that “Obama’s foreign-policy fecklessness has to be part of the debate in the next three and a half months—as does a new vision of responsible American leadership in the world.” Read more>>

The Truth About Human Nature
In Jonathan Swift’s famous satire, Gulliver is so disgusted with the dishonesty of humanity that he prefers to be a horse. Lee Perlman, writing in EPPC’s journalThe New Atlantis, asks whether Gulliver is just lying to himself. Read more>>

Religion and the Shaping of American Culture
At EPPC’s most recent Faith Angle Forum on Religion, Politics, and Public Life, Ross Douthat of the New York Times and Dr. Grant Wacker of Duke Divinity School discussed with leading journalists how Billy Graham, mainline Protestants, and American Catholics have shaped American culture over the last fifty years. Read the transcript>>  Watch the video>>

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