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    Mayflower Compact and the Rule of Law

    In an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, participants examined the Mayflower Compact and other new laws the settlers agreed upon when they arrived in 1620. The panelists discussed the basis…

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    American Patriotism

    Bill Kristol moderated a group of scholars who talked about the concepts and demands of American patriotism in a free society. the discussion. The event was part of a Princeton University two-day…

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    Use of Executive Power

    Experts on constitutionalism as well as executive and legislative power talked about the constitutional role of Congress and the use of executive power in contemporary government. Topics…

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    CPAC Reagan Dinner Introductions

    Introductions were made for Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) to deliver the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. At the beginning of the…

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    Tea Party and the Conservative Movement

    Panelists talked about the rise, impact of, and the future of the tea party movement, Stephen Hayes began the discussion with a story about an disagreement he had with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt…

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    Preserving the Constitution

    Panelists talked about whether the U.S. Constitution was archaic and inefficient, and whether it should remain the basis for the American system of government. The Constitution’s supporters…

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    Progressive Politics of Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama

    Panelists compared and contrasted the political philosophies of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama. In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt delivered his “New Nationalism” speech which espoused his…

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    History of Political Parties

    Participants spoke about the history of party politics in the U.S., as well as ways in which the Constitution has shaped the form and role of political parties. Among the topics they…

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    Legacy of Ronald Reagan

    Political scientists and historians debated the foreign and domestic policies of former President Ronald Reagan and assessed him as a president, communicator, and man. Topics included Reagan’s…

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    Report on American National Identity

    The Bradley Project released a report on Tuesday looking at America’s National Identity. James Ceaser talked about the findings of the report, as well as the recommendations, and responded…

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    The Historical Context of Allan Bloom

    As part of a conference celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the release of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of The American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of…

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    Ronald Reagan Presidency

    Political scientists and historians debated the foreign and domestic policies of former President Ronald Reagan and assessed him as a president, communicator, and man. Audio tapes of President…

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    Tocqueville and Liberalism

    Professors from the United States and western Europe discussed the impact of the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville as they relate to liberalism. They debated whether Tocqueville was a…

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    Tocqueville and Conservatism

    Tocqueville scholars discussed the conservative ideas in Democracy in America. They examined how Tocqueville’s ideas compare with late 20th century U.S. and European conservatism and the…

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    Tocqueville and Socialism

    The panel talked about the philosophy of Alexis de Tocqueville. They compared his writings to those of Rousseau and Marx, along with other contemporary thinkers. They focused on the conflict between…

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    Life and Work of Professor Harvey C. Mansfield

    George Will and William Kristol, former students of Professor Harvey Mansfield, and others talked about Mansfield’s political theory as well as presidential politics and the Founding…

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    The Presidential Election

    Participants talked about potential outcomes of the 2000 presidential election. Among the topics addressed were the role of political ideologies in the campaign process, the degree to which…

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    Washington Journal Feature

    Professor Ceaser is the author of “Reconstructing America: The Symbol of America in Modern Thought.” He discussed headline news and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and…

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    Reconstructing America

    Professor James Ceaser and other colleagues from the University of Virginia talked about his new book, Reconstructing America: “The Symbol of America in Modern Thought.” The book examined…

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    Tocqueville and Aristocracy

    Political scientists and historians from the U.S. and Europe talked about the philosophies of Alexis de Tocqueville, questioning how much of a democrat he was and how much the philosopher Aristotle…

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