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Founders and Foundations

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

How to restore the teaching of US history to its rightful place.

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How Policy Became War

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wars on poverty, on drugs, on terrorism: for decades the federal government has been declaring war—metaphorical, that is. The casualties? Compromise, reason, and the separation of powers.

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How Not To Teach American History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The importance of civics in American education

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How Public Policy Became War

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

As a response to the Great Depression and an expression of executive power, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal is widely understood as a turning point in American history. In How Public Policy Became War, David Davenport and Gordon Lloyd go even further, calling the New Deal “America’s French Revolution,” refashioning American government and public policy in ways that have grown to epic proportions today.

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The Rise Of The War Metaphor In Public Policy

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 6, 2019

An excerpt from a new book, published by the Hoover Press.

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Making Congress Great Again And The 2018 Elections

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Townhall
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The labels used to describe it sadly diminish the 2018 election: “Mid-term” or “off-year” or “non-presidential.” Even though nothing less than the membership and direction of the United States Congress is at stake, such elections receive limited respect and even lower voter turnout (around 40% compared with approximately 60% when there is a presidential race). What’s more, even though the president is not on the ballot, these elections are nevertheless very much a referendum on the president’s performance and popularity.

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Rugged Individualism

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

Two of the gravest threats to this distinctively American value: nanny states and helicopter parents. 

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump Rediscovers Franklin Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man—Or Is It Someone Else?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia History News Network
Sunday, February 19, 2017

With many uncertainties about Trumpism, one thing we know for sure: Donald Trump’s key constituency is “the forgotten men and women.” His first tweet as president-elect promised that “the forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.” Indeed, the forgotten men and women were recurring characters in a flurry of campaign speeches he gave just before the election, the people who “built our country,” he said, the “middle class.”

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Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We cannot tip the delicate balance between equality and liberty so heavily in favor of equality so that there is no liberty left.

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Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Today American rugged individualism is in a fight for its life on two battlegrounds: in the policy realm and in the intellectual world of ideas that may lead to new policies. In this book the authors look at the political context in which rugged individualism flourishes or declines and offer a balanced assessment of its future prospects. They outline its path from its founding—marked by the Declaration of Independence—to today, focusing on different periods in our history when rugged individualism was thriving or under attack.

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