Charles Kesler

About Charles Kesler

Charles Kesler is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, host of The American Mind video series, and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Kesler also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. He received his B.A. in Social Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Kesler was director of CMC’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World. From September 2000 to March 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress's James Madison Commemoration Commission.

Thinking About Trump

Editor’s note: This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Reprinted by kind permission of the Claremont Institute.  Two months before the 2016 presidential election, the Claremont Review of Books published (in its digital pages) an essay that began: “2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die.”

By | 2018-05-16T23:48:13+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

The ‘Hundred Days’ Humbug

President Trump is criticized for things he has done and for things he has left undone. What is unreasonable is the additional arbitrary standard to which he, like all modern presidents, is held liable: what he has accomplished, and failed to, in his first hundred days in office. Why is the figure of

By | 2017-05-14T14:43:09+00:00 April 27th, 2017|

Donald Trump is a Real Republican and That’s a Good Thing

What kind of conservative is President Trump? He must be some kind of conservative, because for nearly 100 days and counting, liberals have poured on him the kind of vitriol they do not reserve for moderates or ideological nobodys. Inside the Beltway, some famous conservatives have joined in the sport but for the

By | 2017-05-14T14:44:34+00:00 April 26th, 2017|

Moderation in Pursuit of Trump

Re-posted with permission of The Claremont Review of Books  August 26, 2016 In response to an essay of mine in the Spring CRB, my friend John Marini offers “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” a philosophical and political justification for Trump’s presidential candidacy. Kesler’s “moderate criticism of Trump,” Marini ventures, “is surpassed only by his

By | 2016-09-03T08:29:47+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

Donald Trump & The Conservative Cause

[Editor's Note: Reprinted with permission from the Claremont Review of Books. The reply by Dr. John Marini should be read as well.] A political party that allows 17 candidates to compete for its presidential nomination is not a serious political party. A political party that allows its would-be presidents to debate one another silly—and I mean

By | 2016-08-15T08:00:57+00:00 August 13th, 2016|