James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
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Books September 2016
Two cheers for democracy
A review of Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg
Books June 2016
In praise of subsidiarity
A review of The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism by Yuval Levin
Books March 2016
“The Paranoid Style,” redux
A review of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
Features November 2015
Pamphlets of revolution
A review of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, edited by Gordon Wood.
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Dec 23, 2014
Many of the supporters and enablers of the anti-police protest movement of recent months have insisted that it is overwhelmingly a peaceful movement largely made up of idealistic reformers and members of minority communities. They insist that it is not a “radical” movement with an animus against either the police or middle class society.
Dec 22, 2014
When you heard the terrible news from Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, were you completely surprised to learn that a gunman killed two police officers in cold blood. Or were you, at some level, expecting some kind of atrocity like this to happen.
Dec 19, 2014
President Obama surprised most everyone with his decision to accord diplomatic recognition to Cuba and propose lifting the economic embargo on the communist state, which dates back to 1959. Many observers felt that the United States would wait until the Castro brothers were out or dead before extending diplomatic recognition.
Jan 20, 2014
In an article on Detroit's bankruptcy in Friday's New York Times, the author noted that promoters of a bailout are having trouble winning support from Republicans in the Michigan legislature because Detroit is "a Democratic-leaning city"—an understatement if we've ever heard one, equivalent to describing Cuba as a "Communist-leaning" country. Detroit, far from being a "Democratic-leaning" city, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
Apr 04, 2012
A few days ago President Obama weighed in on the Supreme Court’s review of his health care law, declaring that it would be “unprecedented” for the Court to strike down a law duly passed by the democratic branches of government. This statement was both wrong on the facts and threatening in its implications for the Court, as many were quick to point out.
Nov 21, 2013
A brief question and answer session about JKF, his assassination, and his legacy with Roger Kimball, Fred Siegel, James Piereson, and Ira Stoll.