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Charles R. Kesler
Charles Kesler is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, host of Claremont’s The American Mind video series, and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College.
Dr. Kesler also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. He received his B.A. in Social Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Kesler was director of CMC’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.
He is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Bradley Prize, a high honor bestowed upon distinguished individuals who have influenced American scholarship and debate.
From September 2000 to March 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress’s James Madison Commemoration Commission.
He was selected in June 2000 as a member of the Scholars Commission on the Jefferson-Hemings Issue sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.
Dr. Kesler is the author of Crisis of the Two Constitutions: The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness (Encounter Books) and I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism (Broadside Books); the editor of Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding (Free Press); co-editor, with John B. Kienker, of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books (Rowman & Littlefield); and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (HarperCollins). He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) is the best-selling edition in the country.
Articles by Charles R. Kesler
American higher education cannot go on as it has.
Trumpism has enjoyed a second life at the state level.
Today's New Right can learn something from yesterday's new conservatives.
The Republican presidential debate has begun.
Three generations of voting rights are enough.
So far, it’s been a very good year.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade will intensify the battle between the progressives’ constitution and the founders’ Constitution.
Will we have to choose between the anti-Americans and the post-Americans, or is a republic graced by thoughtful American patriots still possible?
You win some, you lose some.
Parsing Biden's first speech to a joint session of Congress.
It’s hard to compromise when almost every issue presents you with a choice between two visions of justice.
The future of Trump and Trumpism.
A normal candidate or a normal country? Choose wisely, America.
It’s the statues you put up, not the ones you pull down, that define a great nation.
How much liberty are Americans prepared to renounce, or defer, in this moment?
Even with Trump's acquittal, impeachment remains a potential electoral stumbling block.
Despite what his detractors and even some of his admirers say, Donald Trump is a normal president for our times.
Our homeless population and our grandfathers’ diverge in many ways.
Norman Podhoretz on Trump, Never Trumpers, Iraq, immigration, 2020 predictions, and more.
In the 21st Century gratitude has gone out of style, along with all sense of proportion.
The Trump Administration needs to keep its eye on the argument, if it intends to win the vote.
Socialism is not the cure for all that ails us.
Remembering 100 years of Harry Jaffa.
The First Amendment guarantees the press freedom, not respect.
Morality, politics, and the presidency.
Never Trump after year one.
Draining the swamp might require a presidential commission.
A decade of CRB?.
One big disorderly mess.
How today’s campus radicals differ from their ’60s forebears.
How did he do?
Hope and change.
Donald Trump, meet Calvin Coolidge.
Americans never shy away from a good fight.
A response to John Marini's "Donald Trump and the American Crisis."
The state of play in the 2016 election.
The politically incorrect candidate.
Can we end our wars without winning them?
The good news is that the outsider faction remains keen on the Constitution that underlies these miscreant branches. The bad news is that it is not so keen on the conservative movement in its existing, and maybe not even in its best, form.
I never thought reality TV was going to work out well.
The great contest in 2016.
The original Tea Party was neither a political organization nor a populist movement.
President Obama doesn't understand that the more he speaks the less people listen.
Is it on its last legs, or about to be reborn?
It's commencement speech season.
The Tea Party sees the threat of despotism in the Obama Administration's policies.
Everything depends on health care reform.
The Reagan Revolution vs. the Obama Revolution.
Obama and American capitalism.
Charles Kesler reviews President Obama's first inaugural address.
Taking the Democratic nominee seriously.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates set a bad example for American politics.
We honor Buckley by taking up the work of defending and restoring the Republic.
The uncertainty of the Republican primary of the 2008 presidential race.
What comes after the surge?
Have we learned anything from the Iraq War?
Beyond the Bush doctrine.
Bringing the Constitution back would lend the 2008 race a presidential seriousness and focus.
George W. Bush, decider-in-chief.
Conservatism moving forward.
How America can sustain a coherent foreign and military policy for the Long War.
Hard questions that conservatives will soon have to confront.
Only in latter-day America is "Merry Christmas" a politically incorrect affront to polite norms.
Should America be defined by Anglo-Protestant culture?
What is Bush's judicial philosophy?
Once liberals' faith that history is necessarily on their side is shaken, they are left bookless.
All roads lead to democracy, or so it seems.
Exporting compassionate conservatism.
Hoping for recovery of both Chief Justice Rehnquist and the U.S. Constitution.
President Bush has staked his presidency on his administration's conduct of the war on terrorism.
Remembering Ronald Reagan.
The last thing George W. Bush wanted was to become a foreign policy president.
Politics means disagreement, and no amount of enlightenment or good will can abolish that.
It's a shame that bad political science can't be recalled as easily as the California governor.
Nation building doesn't happen in a day, a year, or even a decade.
Space represents a second chance for mankind, a new world where we may start over and avoid our earthly mistakes.
A Republican electoral realignment would have to challenge the premises of liberal Democratic government.
The political meaning of 9/11 has been less clear than one might have expected.
The last thing America needs is for conservatives to make their peace with bad government.
Remembering Tom Silver
The age's general challenge to American ideals becomes more of a genteel story of the accumulating burden of the past within the family Adams
What will be the shape of our victory?
Lincoln's critics on the Right are legion, but they couldn't be more wrong.
Forty years after Crisis of the House Divided, Harry V. Jaffa fulfills his promise of a sequel with a new commentary on Lincoln's political principles.
New calls to abolish the Electoral College system are simple, appealing, and a threat to constitutional government in the United States.