Society and Culture

Distinguished economic historian Deirdre McCloskey joins AEI DeWitt Wallace Fellow James Pethokoukis to discuss the importance of a return to Enlightenment ideals.

Please join AEI in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of National Affairs with an evening conversation about the future of opinion journalism on the right.

men and women pray together in community

Join AEI’s Rachel M. McCleary and Robert J. Barro as they explore the interaction between economic growth and religion in their new book, “The Wealth of Religions: The Political Economy of Believing and Belonging” (Princeton University Press, 2019).

Join AEI as Nolan McCarty discusses his new book, “Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, 2019), which argues that the 2016 election was the outgrowth of 40 years of polarizing party politics.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris pose before the start of the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas, September 12, 2019. Reuters

On the occasion of the third Democratic presidential debate, which will feature all of the top 10 contenders on stage for the first time, it is worth re-assessing the state of the race.

On this episode, Binyamin Appelbaum joins to discuss his new book, The Economists’ Hour.

The New York Times reporter discusses his new book, “A Good Provider is One Who Leaves,” as well as the forces shaping current global migration trends and the enduring appeal of the United States to many future Americans who just happened to be born elsewhere.

Congress has a chance to end U.S. subsidies to China’s crony capitalists by refusing to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a federal agency whose single biggest recipient is the communist-run government of China. Yet some don’t like that idea.

Pastor Robert Jeffress speaks before President Donald Trump at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, July 1, 2017. Reuters

The result is that today, most people’s political ideology is more tightly tethered to their religious identity. The overlap is far from complete — there are still some secular conservatives and even more religious liberals.

Woman of many talents Mary Eberstadt joins the Remnant to discuss “Primal Screams,” her latest book, which advances a theory about the connection between family breakdown and the rise of modern identity politics.

A great lady disappeared from our lives today. Cokie Roberts was beautiful, inside and out.

There are many available actions regarding China which are more focused and, often, stronger than tariffs. But both the Trump administration and his 2020 opponents have neglected them, even when directed by Congress.

On this date 232 years ago — September 17, 1787 — the Constitution was signed by its authors, and began its challenging journey toward ratification. It seems only fitting to spend Constitution Day reading the document and reading about its meaning and sources, its framers’ hopes and intentions, its history, and its (far from ideal, alas) current condition.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, September 12, 2019. Reuters

A vast majority of Americans support free trade. One might think that the Democrats would be fighting over who hated Trump’s tariffs most during the presidential debates. So why aren’t the Democratic candidates standing with their voters, and the public, against Trump on trade?

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