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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.

2020 RealClearPolicy Essays

  Article and Date Published Author and Article Description
Woman walking the red carpet

Coronavirus and Our False Communities

April 6, 2020

Bruce P. Frohnen, professor of Law at Ohio Northern University and coauthor with Dr. Ted McAllister in Coming Home, affirms the need to keep and improve our social health, and work to sustain and rebuild our communities during the coronavirus crisis. 

This essay is part of a special series of the American Project that seeks to address the crisis of loneliness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

One person crossing the street

Young People Are Lonely, Too.

March 30, 2020

Samuel J. Abrams, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, points out the loneliness Millennials and Gen Zers are going through in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

This essay is part of a special series of the American Project that seeks to address the crisis of loneliness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Lonely man

The Lonely (Political) Crowd

March 20, 2020

AEI's Ryan Streeter and David Wilde explores how loneliness and politics fo together during this season of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

This essay is part of a special series of the American Project that seeks to address the crisis of loneliness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

students in a classroom

Rethinking Social Justice

February 7, 2020

Andy Smarick, director of civil society, education, and work at the R Street Institute, and Bruno V. Manno, senior advisor for the K-12 Education Program at the Walton Family Foundation examines two contrasting views of "social justice" about K-12 education. 

People holding small American flags

What Makes an American? 

February 28, 2020

John Wood Jr, director of public outreach at Better Angeles, addresses the cultural and psychological challenges of American identity by comparing today's outlook to that in decades past.  

People working on the farm

The Conservative Case for Expanded National Service

January 24, 2020

Luke Nathan Phillips, editor of The Conversation,  breaks down how communitarian conservatives should think about national service in a more creative way with six proposals: beyond the individual, part-time service, a new federal agency, local projects and initiatives,  civil society preeminence, and another call to service.  

  2019 RealClearPolicy Essays

  Article and Date Published Author and Article Description
towers

Educating the Human Person

October 4, 2019

Margarita Mooney, associate professor of practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and executive director of the Scala Foundation, takes on Dewey and Freire to "humanize" education policy.
America's founding fathers sitting at a desk

A Quest for American Unity

September 4, 2019

Christopher C. Hull, president of Issue Management, Inc., expresses "conservatives must set themselves as a movement to downsizing and defeating the worst elements of both the alt-Left and alt-Right."
People standing at voting booths

The Quest for Political Community

August 17, 2019

M. Anthony Mills, editor of American Project and associate vice president f policy at the R Street Institute, questions the political community while reflecting on Aristotle and Plato on the need of "self-sufficient communities but relatively small in population." Has the growth and complexity of our country caused problems? 
building structures

Against Campus Activism

August 2, 2019

Elizabeth Cory, associate professor of political science at Baylor University and director of the Baylor Honors Program 
Two people talking together

Religion Creates Community

July 26, 2019

Samuel J Adams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, surveys community to provide evidence that faith fosters societal connections. 
People putting sand in bags

Social Capital Is America's True Stock-in-Trade

July 12, 2019

Erin Rodewald, LA writer, researcher, and strategist, defines America's true wealth by people immersing themselves in community and public engagement for the common good. 
small chapel in the middle of fields

A Conservative Homecoming

July 2, 2019

This article is a review of Coming Home: Reclaiming America's Conservative Soul by Ted McAllister and Bruce P. Frohnen. David Bahr, communications director at the R Street Institute and editorial fellow with the Claremont's Institute's The American Mind, reflects on the elegance of the book and compares to living today as worse than "a collection of Odysseuses."
Man standing by American flag

Virtue and the Social Fabric

June 21, 2019

What is Virtue? John Wood, Jr., director of media at Better Angels, reflects on the Declaration of Independence and the very words that describes the "role of virtue in realizing happiness through community—especially a community of free and equal citizens."
construction man working on the framing of a house

Dynamism for the Working Class

June 7, 2019

Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, writes on "pro-worker versus establishment Republican" dyad and its failures. 
American Flags

Republicans Take Note: Public Opinion on Inequality Has Shifted

May 31, 2019

Samuel J. Adams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute asked 2,400 Americans the simple question: "What is the bigger cause of poverty today?" From 1995 to 2018, there has been a shift in the data of opinions. 
On Rebuilding the Middle Class

On Rebuilding the Middle Class

May 24, 2019

Joshua Mitchell, professor of political theory at Georgetown University evaluates the middle class in America form the party of the Left and the party of the Right point of views. 
Our Unwritten Constitution: Orestes Brownson and the Foundation of American Liberty

Our Unwritten Constitution: Orestes Brownson and the Foundation of American Liberty

May 22, 2019

This essay is adapted from "A Constitution in Full: Recovering the Unwritten Foundation of American Liberty" by Peter Augustine Lawler, Dana professor of government at Berry college and Richard M. Reinsch II, editor of Law & Liberty and host of the Podcast Liberty Law Talk.
silhouette of a man by the beach water

Death by Loneliness

May 6, 2019

Dr. Francie Broghammer, chief psychiatry resident at UC Irvine Medical Center claims, "we are in the midst of a crisis that is claiming thousands of American lives: loneliness." In examining this, he reflects on Senator Ben Sasse's book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal to explore the core building blocks.

blurry photo of building

Look to the States, Not the Swamp, to Solve Our Political Problems

April 19, 2019

Rachel Kopec Barkley, president of RK Barkley Consulting, urges her readers to look towards our local government for help rather than pushing all the blame on Congress. 
Poster with red words

Is the 'Eggshell Culture' on Campus Moving Into Our Public Square?

April 10, 2019

Pete Peterson, dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, builds upon the borrowed term "eggshell culture" to describe free speech on America's college campuses.
elder man sitting on porch

Why Is Socialism on the Rise? Loneliness.

April 05, 2019

 Bruce P. Frohnen, Ella and Ernest Fisher Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University, answers how American socialists have become the topic of mainstream debate.
view of people standing in a building

The Case for Local Government

March 04, 2019

Michael Hendrix, director of state and local policy at the Manhattan Institute, emphasizes the need to trust local governments—life as community and the building blocks of the American Project.

  2018 RealClearPolicy Essays

  Article and Date Published Author and Article Description
Two women standing in line

It's Time for a 'Conservatism of Connection'

November 09, 2018

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.
Image of people at voting booths

The Quest for Political Community

August 17, 2018

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.
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Renewing Localism for the 21st Century

August 07, 2018

American Enterprise Institute's director Ryan Streeter positions concerns and goals toward renewing localism in America.
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Toward a Tocquevillian Nationalism

July 30, 2018

Modern Age's editor Daniel McCarthy addresses the question of loneliness in America by comparing its history during the Tocqueville movement.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Conservatism in the Age of Millennials

July 24, 2018

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."
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Do We Really Need a New Conservatism?

July 20, 2018

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.
Introduction to the Series

Reclaiming Our American Project

July 17, 2018

An introduction to RealClearPolicy series by the editors.
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Politics in Ruins

July 17, 2018

Liberty Fund's Richard M. Reinsch II looks to Walker Percy's novel "Love in the Ruins" for help in understanding what ails our political community.