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The Great Society at 50

with Peter Berkowitzvia Washington Post
Monday, May 19, 2014
US Capitol
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A Conservative's Case for Moderation

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recently William Kristol, a pillar of Washington’s Republican establishment, issued a call to arms, admonishing conservatives to abandon their “calm, cool, and collected affect” and to passionately reject Democratic Party leadership.
 

Supreme Court
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Giving Liberalism Its Due -- and Taking It to Task

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 8, 2014

The American constitutional tradition gives rise to competing opinions about the laws and public policies necessary to secure freedom. Not all the opinions are equally persuasive, but even the less compelling views often contain an element of overlooked truth.

Compromise
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Kibbe's Tea Party Rx Lacks Key Ingredient: Compromise

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 1, 2014

On May 5, 2013, at an Ohio State University commencement address, President Obama called attention to a scourge afflicting the nation:

“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices are also doing their best to gum up the works,” he advised the graduating students. “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking, just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”

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The Libertarian Podcast: Is the ObamaCare Debate Over?

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Gay-Marriage Backers, Admirably Open to Dissent

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The DA, Duke Lacrosse and Higher-Ed Hypocrisy

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Global Currency
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Book Review: 'The Road to Global Prosperity' by Michael Mandelbaum

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some books are as noteworthy for what they represent as for what they say. Such is the case with Michael Mandelbaum's "The Road to Global Prosperity," a concise, insightful and readable stock- taking of the state of globalization roughly five years

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William Damon on the John Batchelor Show (19:37)

with William Damonvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show (9:45)

with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 28, 2014

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Endangered Virtues book cover

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society launches essay series

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them. . .

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Harvey Mansfield

Hoover's Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society Hosts Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Discussion at the Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society meeting during June 8 and 9 covered a range of topics, including political philosophy, U.S. political history, the social costs of Internet pornography, and President Barack Obama’s way of thinking.

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Robert P. George

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner was held on Tuesday, January 5. Task force member Robert P. George delivered before-dinner remarks titled “Academic Reform: A How-to Guide.”

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Virtues of a Free Society Task force member Bill Damon

Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society Dinner

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hoover

The Hoover Institution’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society dinner was held in the Nicolas de Basily Room of the Hoover Tower on June 9. Task force member Bill Damon delivered before-dinner remarks on his most recent book, The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life.

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The Virtues of a Free Society Task Force examines the evolution of America’s core values, how they are threatened, and what can be done to preserve them.

The task force’s aims are to identify the enduring virtues and values on which liberty depends; chart the changes in how Americans have practiced virtues and values over the course of our nation’s history; assess the ability of contemporary associations and institutions—particularly schools, family, and religion—to sustain the necessary virtues; and discuss how society might nurture the virtues and values on which its liberty depends.

Peter Berkowitz and David Brady serve as cochairs of the Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society.

Significant gifts for the support of this task force are acknowledged from

  • Boyd and Jill Smith
  • William E. Simon Foundation