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Our History Then and Now

American historiography — the writing of our history — has never been a more hotly contested political battleground than it is today.

The Contested Meaning of Women’s Equality

However much we might like our daughters and sons to see their fundamental equality emblazoned in the text of the Constitution, strict equality will not give mothers and fathers the support they need. A more intentional and robust family policy, on the other hand, just might.

Does the Debt Matter?

Massive debt is surely a real problem. But rather than a sudden, Greek-style economic implosion, in the United States, it likely poses the threat of a gradual and incremental weakening of economic potential.

The American Soul in a Time of Plague

The coronavirus pandemic, and the protests over racial injustice, have called for deeper reservoirs of endurance — and summoned forth deeper questions about what really matters in our lives as individuals and as a nation.

Classical Schools in Modern America

By rediscovering and dusting off ancient forms and ideals of education and at the same time utilizing decidedly modern associational forms, classical education schools have become some of the most successful and thriving educational options in America.

The American Art of Murder

It would appear our vulnerabilities as a people are laid most bare in the tales we tell about murder, and the evolution of our best-drawn fictional murderers may have much to tell us about the direction in which American life is headed.

The More Things Change…

A defense of academic integrity that can’t distinguish between hearing from a virulent if entertaining troll and hearing from a distinguished if unorthodox social scientist isn’t going to capture the essential purpose of academic integrity, or win the assent of the persuadable. That greater purpose of academic life is what is now at stake in our campus debates, and it is what is always at stake in serious campus debates.

The School of Trust

Debates about funding, technology, regulations, and other topics often gloss over the single most important aspect of American education policy: teachers.

Identity and Assimilation

Assimilation has proven so difficult lately not because American culture is too cohesive and self-confident but because it has lost the capacity to tell its own story coherently.

June 2015 Bradley Symposium Video Recording

The Future Of Higher Education Risks and opportunities in an era of change Washington, D.C. Speakers:  Yuval Levin, Ethics and Public Policy Center and National Affairs (introduction) Mitch Daniels, Purdue University (remarks begin at 9:17 mark in video) Andrew Kelly, American Enterprise Institute (remarks begin at 22:53 mark in video) Alexander Tabarrok, George Mason University (remarks begin […]