In the new RealClearPolicy series, writers and scholars—through a collection of essays—grapple with the core tenets of the American Project from various points of view guided by the conviction that by getting back to first political principles we can better understand and respond to our present political moment.
Pepperdine School of Public Policy dean Pete Peterson reflects on America's loneliness and defines "conservatism" as building connections upon the past, future, and to one another.
RealClear Media Group's managing editor M. Anthony Mills approaches politics in the community by reflecting on the past and yearning for a place of common ground for the future.
American Enterprise Institute's director Ryan Streeter positions concerns and goals toward renewing localism in America.
Modern Age's editor Daniel McCarthy addresses the question of loneliness in America by comparing its history during the Tocqueville movement.
The Claremont Institute's Ryan P. Williams argues that a conservatism grounded in the principles of the American founding should build on, rather than repudiate, Trump's rise.
Michael Hendrix urges conservatives to stick to their principles, which "speak to the longings for community and connection," rather than "jettisoning beliefs unpopular among young voters simply to win them over."