- AEI scholar since 1990
- Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 1982-90
- Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research, 1969-1970, 1974-1981
- Peace Corps Volunteer and US-AID contractor in Thailand, 1965-69
Charles Murray sits down with AEI’s Jonah Goldberg to discuss the future of the American project and his provocative new book, “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.”
It began as an ordinary piece of fan mail, thanking me for writing a book I published a few years ago (“Coming Apart”) and expressing the writer’s shared concern with the loss of seemliness in American life. And then the ordinary suddenly became extraordinary: “I write to give you my personal perspective on why CEOs make so much money as you describe in ‘Coming Apart.'”
The federal government has in many respects become destructive of our unalienable rights. While not proposing revolution, I am proposing a declaration of limited resistance to the existing government.
The American way of life, built on individual liberty and limited government, is on life support, but “By the People” argues that though the efforts of ordinary Americans, it can flourish once again.
We need an educational system that brings children, with all combinations of assets and deficits, to adulthood having identified things they enjoy doing and having learned how to do them well.
Among the biggest names in television news, there’s just one in whom I have the confidence to not take cheap shots: Brian Williams.
It’s not merely that politics is an epiphenomenon and that deeper personal qualities account for what we call political polarization, but that one specific dimension—our respective attitudes toward personal responsibility—accounts for a huge proportion of the polarization all by itself.
Parents may hope to produce good results 20 years down the road, but that’s not why we love and nurture our children.
It increasingly appears that once we have provided children with a merely OK environment, our contribution as parents and as society is pretty much over. I’m with most of you: I viscerally resist that conclusion.
I just want us to realize that stay-at-home wives are one of the resources that have made America America.