The direction of Paul Rahe’s drift

Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. In view of his classic three-volume study of Republics Ancient and Modern, Professor Rahe is the academy’s foremost authority on the history of republics. He is the author, most recently, Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect, a book that coincidentally explains the deep roots of the Age of Obama.
We are proud to have provided the platform launching Professor Paul Rahe into the blogosphere. Professor Rahe is one of the country’s most distinguished scholars, but he has also proved to be a natural blogger as well. He now posts regularly at Big Government (which has collected Professor Rahe’s Big Government posts in one convenient spot) and at Ricochet..
Next week Professor Rahe will be in town to deliver two lectures. On Thursday evening, Aopril 14, he will be the featured speaker at the annual banquet dinner of the Minnesota Association of Scholars, the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Scholars. The event will be held at the Officers Club at Fort Snelling. The cash bar opens at 5:30, dinner is scheduled at 6:45, and Professor Rahe is to to be speaking around 7:30. His talk is titled “Tocqueville’s America — and Ours: The Direction of America’s Drift.” Dinner is $25 ($10 for students.) Reservations can be made by contacting Lynne Linder (telephone: 651-690-6203), or by registering online here.
Professor Rahe will also be speaking on Friday, April 15, at the University of Minnesota Political Science Department’s Political Theory Colloquium. The lecture is titled “Can a Republic be Sustained on an Extended Territory? Montesquieu and the American Founding” and is to be given at 1314 Social Sciences Tower on the West Bank campus. If you are interested in attending this lecture, please contact Adam Dahl ([email protected]).

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