Books

A Bradley for Philip Hamburger

Featured image I am pleased to note the announcement yesterday that Professor Philip Hamburger is one of four recipients of the 2017 Bradley Prize. The Bradley Prize will be awarded to Professor Hamburger at a ceremony to be held on April 6, 2017 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. The award carries a stipend of $250,000. I wrote Professor Hamburger to congratulate him. I thought readers might »

Books: The Common Sense of the Subject

Featured image Thomas Jefferson’s famous 1825 letter to Richard Henry Lee explained that the Declaration of Independence was intended to express “the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent. . . an expression of the American mind.” Common sense today is increasingly uncommon, especially when it comes to understanding what the Founders meant by “equality.” (Or maybe the left understands exactly what the »

Understanding the administrative state

Featured image For the 20-plus years my friend Bruce Sanborn served as chairman of the Claremont Institute, we attended the annual meeting of the America Political Science Association over Labor Day weekend. At the APSA convention we attended the panels sponsored by the Claremont Institute. It was our idea of a good time. In those panels we heard a lot about “the administrative state,” frequently from Professor John Marini. Professor Marini had »

A great constitutional debate explained (by Steve)

Featured image Most conservatives will be delighted if Neil Gorsuch, as a Justice of the Supreme Court, views the Constitution and his role in interpreting it the way Justice Antonin Scalia did. But George Will hopes that Gorsuch will improve on Scalia. How? By interpreting the Constitution as a charter of government for a nation dedicated to the proposition that all persons are created equal in their possession of natural rights. Scalia »

Boston’s Massacre

Featured image My youngest brother is a historian who specializes in American colonial and Revolutionary War history. He has just published a new book, Boston’s Massacre. Eric is a very good writer, and the Boston Massacre gives him a fun and interesting topic. Here are excerpts from a few of the reviews: In Boston’s Massacre, Eric Hinderaker brilliantly unpacks the creation of competing narratives around a traumatic and confusing episode of violence. »

Patriotism-Palooza

Featured image About that certain book you might have heard mentioned once or twice, I’m finally back from a whirlwind trip doing the usual book promotion stunts in New York and Washington. Here’s a few highlights for folks who haven’t quite got their fill: Turns out yesterday (Wednesday) was a two-fer for Power Liners on the Seth & Chris Show on Patriot Radio. As Paul has mentioned, he was on talking about »

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured image In my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »

Sally Yates’s legacy of injustice

Featured image Long-time Power Line reader Howard Root abandoned his legal practice at Minneapolis’s Dorsey law firm and his work as general counsel of a medical device company to design highly useful medical products himself and to found the successful medical device company Vascular Solutions. He has nevertheless chosen to take a hike. In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Howard gives a glimpse of his harrowing story with a local Minnesota angle. Here »

So Much Patriotism!

Featured image Patriotism may not be enough, but there’s so much patriotism right now that people are going to get tired of all the patriotism! In any case, Jim Bohannon had me back for an encore turn on his Westwood One radio network show last night, and here’s an MP3 recording of it (Correction/update: I had somehow omitted the first segment in the file I posted before, so here’s an additional file of »

CRB: When the going was good

Featured image This morning we continue our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I have read the new issue in galley to select three pieces to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our readers, I had a hard time choosing. You, however, can do your »

CRB: The threat to liberty

Featured image You may have heard that our own Steven Hayward has a new book that is available now on Amazon. I read the book in galley and think it is the best book I have read since Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? of 2014. Steve is a gifted teacher and a born storyteller, qualities that are prominently on display in his new book. The themes of Steve’s book culminate in »

Now Is the Time for All Good Power Line Readers. . . (Updated)

Featured image Have I mentioned before that I have a new book coming out? I can’t remember. Just in case I haven’t: Patriotism Is Not Enough will be officially published next week, on February 21, but Amazon is already shipping it starting yesterday, which means you could have your copy by Thursday! And if every Power Line reader orders a copy, it will make the best-seller list, and I might just be tempted »

Our Fascist Moment—and Theirs

Featured image All of this talk from the left of Trump being a fascist is so much twaddle—or projection, since the left tacitly approves of Mussolini’s version of it (“Everything inside the state; nothing outside the state”). But even if there was some truth to the idea, liberals—or at least liberal academics—would be the last to figure it out. How do I know this? Because I’ve checked the academic literature on Hitler »

The Problem of Religion and Democracy

Featured image The American solution to the problem of religious conflict in politics—the First Amendment and the “religious test” clause of Article VI of the Constitution—is not well understood today. Much of the time, in fact, liberals deliberately distort the meaning of these clauses to imply a hostility toward religion. Recovering the rightful understanding can begin with a close look at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty. But readers really interested »

In Lieu of a Podcast

Featured image Last night Jim Bohannon kindly spent an hour with me on his national radio show on the Westwood One radio network talking about a certain forthcoming book, which I know everyone has pre-ordered. Jim is jumping the gun a little bit, since the book doesn’t come out for another month yet, and he used my old affiliation at Pepperdine University, but I didn’t want to spend scarce radio time correcting »

Hayward revisited

Featured image Our own Steve Hayward (@stevenfhayward) wears his learning lightly, but he is a learned man. Putting my insomnia to good use last night, I revisited Steve’s interview with Bill Kristol on Ronald Reagan and the study of statesmanship (video below, about 65 minutes, transcript posted here). Watching the interview this time around I was struck by the books mentioned in the course of the discussion. Steve’s own books — Churchill »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Ronna Burger, that’s who. Ronna is professor of philosophy at Tulane University, and author of several fine books, including one that Scott highlighted here once (though I can’t find his post in our archives), Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates. Ronna and I are at a three-day secret meeting in Claremont with several people much much more important than we are, conspiring about . . . wait! I almost blew it there. »