Everything I think I know about American politics I have learned from studying the works of Professor Harry V. Jaffa and his students at the Claremont Institute. In general, we believe that America took a wrong turn with the advent of the Progressive era and the Progressive attack on the Constitution in the name of — what else? — progress. It is the audacious project of of the Claremont Institute to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.
Key to the success of the project is the intellectual reclamation undertaken by the institute’s flagship publication, the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here). The magazine is to play the same role in inspiring the rollback of the Progressive undoing of the Constitution as the New Republic served in paving the way for the abrogation of limited constitutional government.
In only its fifth year of publication, the magazine is making headway under the inspired leadership of editor Charles Kesler. At the request of the White House, 30 issues of the just-published winter issue are in the course of expedited delivery to a few of the magazine’s most influential readers.
The new issue presents the usual cornucopia. The theme of the issue is the election just concluded. At our request, the CRB has made available online tonight the issue’s lead essay by William Voegli. Here’s Professor Kesler’s take on Voegli’s essay:
Voegeli shows, perspicuously, that the quadrennial Democratic debate about what went wrong is beside the point. First, the Dems blamed the ruthless Republicans; then it was their candidate, who wasn