James Piereson

About James Piereson

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon foundation. He is most recently, the author of Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Post War Political Order (Encounter, 2015). His essays appear in many newspaper and journals, including The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and The New Criterion.

For Democrats the Problem Is Their Message, Not the System

For decades now, liberals in the United States have reacted to electoral losses by demanding changes in election laws to make it easier for them to win. They have long railed against the Electoral College for that reason, claiming that a national popular vote for the presidency would be fairer, more transparent, and

By | 2018-07-21T00:09:17+00:00 July 20th, 2018|

Good Riddance to the Blue State Model

A few years ago, Walter Russell Mead published an insightful article titled, “The Once and Future Liberalism” in which he described two models of governance in the American states. First is the blue state model—found in states like New York, Illinois, and California—which incorporates high levels of public employment, extensive and expensive public

By | 2017-12-21T09:36:51+00:00 December 20th, 2017|