Matthew J. Peterson

About Matthew J. Peterson

Matthew J. Peterson is Vice President of Education at the Claremont Institute. As a professor, Dr. Peterson has taught courses on political philosophy, American government, rhetoric, and media at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, and Claremont McKenna College, among others. He also has an extensive background in media and political research. At the Claremont Institute, Dr. Peterson heads a new center designed to support and advance graduate level study in America. He also directs Claremont Institute's expanding portfolio of educational programming, including the annual Publius, Lincoln, John Marshall, and Speechwriters Fellowships. Dr. Peterson graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, and received his M.A. in politics and Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University. You can follow him on Twitter at @docMJP

God Bless America—Right and Wrong

On our nation’s 242nd birthday, national holidays are increasingly an occasion for Americans to disparage patriotism. On social media, fringe and establishment voices on Left and Right spew outright cynicism or, at best, a paltry, half-hearted patriotism of sentiment, disconnected from any firm belief in national principle and purpose. Disregarding the tired clichés

By | 2018-07-04T00:28:03+00:00 July 4th, 2018|

David Brooks and the Lizard People

David Brooks wrote last week that “[t]here is growing reason to believe that Donald Trump understands the thug mind a whole lot better than the people who attended our prestigious Foreign Service academies.” Brooks suggests that President Trump’s past business dealings may have given him “lizard wisdom,” which, one supposes, is naturally concomitant

By | 2018-05-17T00:00:29+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

Total Political War

The election of President Trump made it clear that America is not engaged in politics as usual. We are in the midst of a political war. If this wasn’t evident to some observers before, the furor this week over the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing of FBI Deputy

By | 2018-03-23T15:07:10+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|