Ken Masugi

About Ken Masugi

Ken Masugi, Ph.D., is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute. He has been a speechwriter for two cabinet members, as well as for Clarence Thomas when he was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Masugi 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.

From Bullets to Ballots, and Back to Bullets?

At the beginning of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln summed up the case against partisan impeachment when he reminded his countrymen that, “It is now for [Americans] to demonstrate to the world that those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion; that ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets,

By | 2019-11-08T10:09:14-07:00 November 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Harvard Prefers White Women

Judge Allison Burroughs might want to avoid Chinese restaurants for a while, owing to her disgraceful federal court opinion rationalizing Harvard University’s blatant discrimination against Asian-American undergraduate applicants. After spiking in admissions during the 1990s and comprising 21 percent of Harvard’s student body, Asian-American admissions plateaued to under 20 percent— creeping up to 25 percent

By | 2019-10-10T06:57:39-07:00 October 9th, 2019|Tags: |

Patriot Trump vs. the Leninist Impeachment Pushers

Should President Obama have been impeached for giving cash and assets worth as much as $150 billion to Iran by executive order? Or for lying about Obamacare? No, because that kind of punishment even for these injustices would have trivialized the grave constitutional purpose of impeachment and conviction. Clearly, it would have fulfilled a legitimate

By | 2019-10-12T05:41:20-07:00 October 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Pink Political Scientists vs. White Men

You know President Trump’s politics of disruption is succeeding when political scientists begin paying attention. Aroused from their slumbers, startled profs are even revising the old syllabus and lecture notes. Many political science departments are seeing booming enrollments. What Trump means for the practice of politics has the opportunity of improving the scholarship about politics.

By | 2019-09-14T08:32:54-07:00 September 13th, 2019|Tags: |

Property Rights as the Stumbling Block Against Slavery

The recent charge that the United States was founded on slavery and racism is nothing new. It is a charge that has been leveled repeatedly—and refuted—ever since the Founding. The most decisive response, of course, was the devastating American Civil War, which freed the slaves on the basis of America’s founding proposition that “all men

By | 2019-08-31T07:39:05-07:00 August 29th, 2019|Tags: |

Nationalism Is Not Enough

President Trump’s furious admonition to four extreme leftist members of Congress to educate themselves in the miseries of their ancestral homelands was met with spiteful indignation. In the media version, innocent ingenues defended their honor and their rights against a predatory, racist president. In truth this fight is about American nationalism or patriotism

By | 2019-07-31T14:13:50-07:00 July 26th, 2019|

Donald Trump’s Fourth of July Reality Show

Most everyone, critics and supporters alike, who commented on the Fourth of July celebration on the Mall, missed the central point President Trump was making in his hour-long address. More important, they miss something essential about the Declaration of Independence: its nationalism. For nations to become independent, that is to give birth to

By | 2019-07-10T20:12:55-07:00 July 8th, 2019|

Is Chief Justice Roberts the Jim Comey of the Supreme Court?

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp last week called for Chief Justice John Roberts’ impeachment over his vote with four liberal justices to deny the Trump Administration a total victory on whether the Census could include a question on citizenship. Schlapp, whose wife Mercedes is the Trump White House communications director, goes too

By | 2019-07-02T20:00:18-07:00 July 1st, 2019|

Justice Thomas on the Dynamite That Is Natural Right

If it’s true that “natural right is dynamite,” as political philosopher Leo Strauss wrote, then Justice Clarence Thomas just went nuclear on the abortion debate. While Thomas’s concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood has received considerable commentary, his deepening of the judicial and, hence, the political debate over abortion demands further elaboration.

By | 2019-06-09T20:07:56-07:00 June 8th, 2019|

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