Articles by Ken Masugi

The Case Against Slavery and Against ‘Anti-Racism’

his year’s Constitution Day comes at a fearful time for friends of constitutional government. Some now even fear its collapse, whether by raging mobs or scheming lawyers. Either way, whether by force or by fraud, from fists or from sophistry, tyranny lurks to replace constitutional government.  This division stems from a stark question: Is America […]

C’mon, Biden as Race Man

rom Franklin Roosevelt to Joe Biden, the modern Democratic Party has exploited and engaged in demagoguery about race, even on the most solemn occasions. So why should they stop now, especially when their lies have brought them victories? The Charlottesville lie about Trump, central to Biden’s campaign, follows from Democratic habituation . A review of […]

Harris Drops Her Mask

oe Biden can try to hide, but he can’t run away from Kamala Harris now that she’s his vice presidential nominee. Harris’ acceptance speech was historic for its radicalism, in particular because she privileged racial identity over citizen equality, while remaining silent on rioters and their violence and glorying in her own will to power. […]

Fully Woke Joe

n the identity politics that used to be known as “civil rights” Sleepy Joe is fully woke. Just as he prioritized sex and race identity for his vice presidential pick, Joe Biden would racialize his monetary policy by remaking the Federal Reserve banking system. Biden is thereby the most identity-focused candidate in American history since […]

Trump Tax Cases Highlight the Court as Servant of the Administrative State

he president was not whining when he tweeted about the continuing “political prosecution” permitted by the two tax returns cases issued Wednesday by the Supreme Court. These two cases, although short-term wins for Trump, illustrate the role of the federal and state courts in the administrative state and reveal the burdens this conglomeration places on […]

Trump Calls Out the New Confederate and Tory Mobs

efore the Mount Rushmore giants, President Trump became the voice of reason, justice, and unity, of Martin Luther King, and of patriotic Americans against today’s Confederates—the rioters of 2020—and today’s Tories, the mainstream media and their elite academic masters. Trump reaffirmed the revolution of 1776 against the oldest as well as the contemporary enemies of […]

Lincoln’s New Assassins

ow the mob takes the role of John Wilkes Booth in removing perhaps the greatest of all Lincoln sculptures, the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, located in northeast Washington, D.C. The preeminent Lincoln scholar of our or any other time, Harry V. Jaffa, said many times that this sculpture, originally referred to as the Freedman’s […]

A New Dred Scott Decision Immortalizing Bureaucracy

ust as the infamous Dred Scott case in 1857 would have extended slavery throughout America, so Thursday’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California threatens to make the machinations of bureaucratic government supreme and unrepealable. Chief Justice John Roberts’ 5-4 court opinion strengthens the grip of the administrative state—the […]

Gorsuch Takes a Knee

hat U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch did in his opinion proclaiming that civil rights in employment requires  recognition of gay rights was abominable enough, but what it revealed about his view of his role as a justice is even worse. Conservative critiques of Gorsuch’s pretentious preening aside—if Justice Antonin Scalia were alive, he’d be […]

Have COVID-19 and the Riots Exposed How We Destroyed the Declaration?

s it possible that with the COVID-19 crisis and now, riots in our cities, we have forgotten the central principle of America, the Declaration of Independence’s resonating duality of equality and liberty? Their meaning in turn illuminates the core human qualities of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness….” and the subsequent need for government […]

‘The Weight’ Worth Waiting For

ast fall, this remarkable 50th anniversary video recording of Robbie Robertson’s 1969 hit song, “The Weight,” dazzled viewers with its international cast of performers. Easter inspires further exploration of the religious depth of the country lyrics. Canadian Robertson has long been fascinated by the South, with its heritage of the Bible, tragedy, ancestral ties, and […]

Was the Revolution About Reason?

he book’s intricate title, America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It, enlists readers into the spirit of revolution. It appeals to thirsty intellects and to those who long for noble actions, with its careful reading of profound documents and appreciation of monumental actions, thus asserting the […]

Pelosi Drones on Impeachment

Conventional wisdom suggests the Democrats will fold on delaying impeachment. If they do, it would be good for the Republic. But since when has doing what’s good for the country explained Democrat behavior? Since when has betrayal of the Constitution stopped the Democrats? It didn’t before the Civil War or during the Depression. After all, […]

How Christianity Transformed Political Life

William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a play as complex as it is dark. Nonetheless it is a comedy as well as a dazzling drama—full of both horror and humor, with a happy ending. Attempting to condense its subtleties does no justice to the lessons its audience learns as they experience the range of emotions […]

Leninism: The Highest Stage of Progressivism

Everyone knows the universities are on the political Left. Political science is part of that problem, though it isn’t nearly as corrupt as some other disciplines. While many professors hold their partisan biases close, those inclinations all too often appear in curricula and scholarship and inevitably reach the classroom. A contrary example both of the […]

Who Will Terminate the Would-Be Terminators?

The Democrats intended impeachment to cripple if not terminate the Trump presidency. But now it appears the appalling “Rise of the Bureaucrats” will exonerate Trump and may, in fact, lead to the termination of the Democrats. Like vermin, they flee from light or open hearings. And like the cinematic “Terminator,” they are a ruthless enemy: […]