Robert Curry

About Robert Curry

Robert Curry serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute and is the author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea (Encounter Books).

Killing the Old Folks

He [Harold Ross] was reminded of a pleasant afternoon that the two of them [Ross and Mrs. Roosevelt] had spent a few years earlier, talking for hours as they rode along in Mrs. Roosevelt’s sedan. At one point the former First Lady suddenly allowed as how “old people ought to be bumped off

By | 2019-02-10T21:35:11+00:00 February 10th, 2019|

The Trump Effect

I have a friend who tells me that attempts to understand Donald Trump in the ordinary ways we understand politicians, even truly remarkable politicians, are doomed to failure. My friend is pointing to the astonishing revelations Trump has precipitated. One such effect is that people in public life are ripping off their masks—and

By | 2019-02-01T21:44:08+00:00 February 1st, 2019|

New Year’s Eve: Marxism-Lennonism Revisited

The New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square will again this year feature John Lennon’s song “Imagine." We thought this article, first published in 2017, would be worth revisiting today. Republishing it also affords us an opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. Thank you for all of your support in

By | 2018-12-30T13:35:49+00:00 December 30th, 2018|

Judge Tigar Strikes Again

Judge Jon S. Tigar is back in the news. I wrote about him nearly two years ago: A federal judge ruled recently that an inmate serving a life sentence for murder in California must receive sex-reassignment surgery at taxpayer expense. The inmate was Rodney James Quine, 57, twice married and the father of

By | 2018-11-20T22:00:33+00:00 November 21st, 2018|

Progressives Have Arrived at Their Veruca Salt Moment

Progressives have finally lost patience with the American people. Until recently and on the whole they have been remarkably patient. From their beginning over a century ago, they have been quite far-sighted, keeping their eyes on the prize, always advancing their agenda while at the same time being careful not to unnecessarily alarm

By | 2018-10-28T17:33:49+00:00 October 29th, 2018|

America on the Brink—Again

In the run-up to the election of 1864, Abraham Lincoln observed “there is no program intended by the Democratic Party but what will result in the dismemberment of the Union.” As it was then, so it is now. The Democrats in 1864 proposed to end the Civil War by giving the rebelling states

By | 2018-10-11T19:31:47+00:00 October 12th, 2018|

Straw Bans vs. Common Sense

By now you’ve heard that the Santa Barbara, California city council outlawed the distribution of disposable plastic drinking straws. For a moment, it appeared the city would actually send minimum-wage workers to jail for handing out the newly reviled objects. While that sensational detail captured Americans’ imaginations, another crucial admission might have been

By | 2018-08-05T20:18:58+00:00 August 6th, 2018|

Obama bin Biden

Isn’t it clear that President Trump really enjoys upsetting the people who claim to report the news? I imagine him occasionally tuning in to CNN or MSNBC for the sheer enjoyment of the latest spectacle as the talking heads try to outdo each other in displaying their outrage and disgust. Trump did it

By | 2018-07-20T18:28:50+00:00 July 21st, 2018|

Common Sense Wins Again!

In Britain, anyway. Pollsters took a deep dive into the British electorate soon after the Brexit vote, and came up with some interesting results. (Hat tip: Christopher Gage). Instead of adhering to a British version of the all-too-familiar approach of polling here in America—which over and over asks voters to self-identify as Democrats, Republicans, or

By | 2018-07-03T10:26:38+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|