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Paul Johnson


Paul Johnson is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an historian and author of Modern Times.

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America’s New Empire for Liberty

by Paul Johnsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

From the very beginning, historian Paul Johnson argues, Americans have been imperialists—good imperialists.

A LESS PERFECT UNION? The Constitution of the European Union

with Timothy Garton Ash, Paul Johnsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 16, 2003

In June 2003, a European constitutional convention presented the fruits of 18 months of work: a draft constitution for the European Union that runs to more than 200 pages. Why does the European Union even need a constitution? Will the constitution limit the powers of the EU over the member countries, or does it mean the creation of a European superstate? Should the constitution be ratified, or is it just a colossal mistake?

AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY? A Conversation with Paul Johnson

with Paul Johnsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Can America become an "empire for liberty"? British historian Paul Johnson believes that it can and should. The United States, he argues, is uniquely suited, as a result of both its principles and its current power, to bring about benevolent change throughout the world. But does empire suit the United States? We ask Johnson just how and why America can be this "empire for liberty" and to place American imperialism in its historical context.