Harvey C. Mansfield

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Harvey C. Mansfield is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Mansfield is a recipient of the 2011 Bradley Prize. He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, and in 2004 received the National Humanities Medal.

He is the author of studies of Aristotle, Burke, Machiavelli, Tocqueville, Hobbes, constitutional government, and, most recently, manliness. He is a self-described Straussian; some of his most notable students include Andrew Sullivan, Alan Keyes, Bill Kristol, James R. Stoner Jr., Nathan Tarcov, Clifford Orwin, Mark Blitz, Paul Cantor, Delba Winthrop, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and James Ceaser.

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Deflating College Degrees

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Patriot Post
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What is a college degree really worth these days, as opposed to how much it costs? One of the Democrats’ favorite policy platforms recently has been the call for “free college.” That this message is so popular with the younger generation may be an indication that the increasing cost of a college degree and the ballooning student debt associated with it (now more than $1.5 trillion) has not placed graduates on the fast track to the higher-paying jobs educated professionals once enjoyed.

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Famous Actresses Paid Bundles Of Money To Bribe Their Kids' Way Into College. Here's Why.

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Daily Wire
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice charged 50 people with involvement in a scheme that allowed rich parents to bribe college and testing officials to smooth the path for their children’s admission into top colleges. 

In the News

The Executive Power Clause—Crux Of The Constitutional Settlement

with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Reason
Friday, March 8, 2019

Thanks once again to Eugene for the opportunity to share this research from "Article II Vests the Executive Power, Not the Royal Prerogative." I'd like to close with some thoughts on the larger project and its implications. This first article lays the foundation. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Missive From Harvey Mansfield

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Magazine
Monday, December 10, 2018

Kenan Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield wrote to this magazine in late November to share a story about the belated, posthumous publication of a dissertation he supervised 44 years ago—that of Delba Winthrop, Ph.D. ’74, who later became his wife. She takes up book three of Aristotle's Politics, on the subject of democracy, and the balance of the whole versus the parts, so fundamental to self-governance in a democratic society. A conference honoring the book takes place today at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Stuck In The Middle With Virtue

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Weekly Standard
Friday, May 11, 2018

Here is a fine comparison of America’s founders with Aristotle on the value of a middle class.

In the News

Duels, Drinks, Debates: Inside The John Adams Society

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

At a time when some are questioning Harvard’s commitment to free speech, the John Adams Society seeks to challenge what they see as the campus liberal orthodoxy—even if it means meeting in secret.

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Parties Vs. Factions In America

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 21, 2017

With its party system, America is the first republic to find a solution to the problem of ambition.

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The Virtue Of Party Politics

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Partisanship plays an indispensable role in a democratic society.

Analysis and Commentary

The Vulgar And The Sophisticates

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia City Journal
Friday, January 20, 2017

Are our diminished democratic institutions capable of forcing Trump to behave responsibly?

Analysis and Commentary

The Dems: How Progress Became Drift

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Jewish World Review
Monday, August 8, 2016

Our parties are the Democrats and the Republicans as electoral and governing bodies, liberals and conservatives in ways of thinking. Increasingly, Democrats are liberals and Republicans are conservatives, the phenomenon known as polarization, by which we more and more divide ourselves politically, in our parties, by our ways of thinking. 

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