Ken Masugi

About Ken Masugi

Ken Masugi, PhD, has been a speechwriter for two Cabinet members and for Clarence Thomas, when he was Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven books on American politics. He has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor; James Madison College of Michigan State University; the Ashbrook Center of Ashland University; and Princeton University.

Illegal U: An Immigration Scam in Plain Sight

The often desperate measures foreigners take to enter our borders—crossing deserts being packed into trucks, and surviving unspeakable brutalities—rightly provoke our anger and evoke our pity. Because of the pathos involved in this kind of illegal entry, we often overlook the fact that there is a far safer and common  way for would-be

By | 2017-12-06T14:01:26+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

It Did Happen Here—How Fascism Came to America

 Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 satiric novel about a fascist takeover, It Can’t Happen Here, has made a furious comeback at the expense of the maligned Donald Trump. That it is an act of supreme political ignorance for anyone to think Lewis’s novel somehow foreshadows the rise of Trump has not prevented such ignorance from manifesting

By | 2017-11-10T14:59:30+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

On the Corruption of the Military Academies

A recent West Point graduate, still serving in the U.S. Army, shocked admirers of the venerable American military academy with his candidly pro-Communist views. How could such an institution, founded on “duty, honor, country,” produce such a student? A junior Army officer who states his anti-American opinions so openly may seem novel, but

By | 2017-10-19T00:03:00+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Puerto Rico as Progressive Playground

President Trump’s press conference in Puerto Rico made clear that whatever the island’s political designation may be, Puerto Ricans are Americans and he will act accordingly. The Commonwealth’s recovery—and not just from this hurricane—is part of the goal of making America great again. But the difficulties involved extend far beyond differences in political

By | 2017-10-05T11:59:02+00:00 October 4th, 2017|

To Be Great the U.N. Must Defend Democratic Sovereignty

“I’ve listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: None were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today” –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  The wisdom of President Trump’s United Nations speech last week was nothing less than a demonstration to that dubious

By | 2017-09-27T17:11:56+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

Professor Trump’s Lessons for Higher Education

Following some elite campus visits with his daughter, the morose father lamented that one cannot simply opt out of college. Such a defiance of convention did not seem feasible socially or economically. Like all men of sense, he is among those flabbergasted by former Princeton President Woodrow Wilson’s eagerness to make his students

By | 2017-09-14T11:57:55+00:00 September 10th, 2017|

The Triumph of “Dunkirk”

PISTOL ….Well, bawd I'll turn, And something lean to cutpurse of quick hand. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal: And patches will I get unto these cudgell'd scars, And swear I got them in the Gallia wars. “Henry V” (v.i.88-92)   In Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” Pistol and his late lamented

By | 2017-08-12T14:19:40+00:00 August 10th, 2017|