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 and Reclaiming Common Sense: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World. Both are from Encounter Books.

Living in a Post-Truth World

Have you heard the news? You and I are now living in a “post-truth” world. The Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed the official beginning of the new era in 2016 by selecting “post-truth” as the Word of the Year. According to our betters in academia, in the ruling elite, and in the punditocracy, the very concept of

By | 2019-10-12T05:51:33-07:00 September 30th, 2019|Tags: |

The War on Common Sense

When Thomas Paine appealed to “common sense” to make the case for American independence, it probably never crossed his mind that there would ever be a need to make the case for common sense itself, at least not in America. But common-sense thinking has fallen out of favor. Because it has been under attack for

By | 2019-09-26T21:59:47-07:00 September 14th, 2019|Tags: |

Is Common Sense Making a Comeback?

Did you notice that common sense was almost entirely missing from the two nights of the Democrats’ radicalism pageant last week? In terms of common sense and nonsense, the clear winner of the pageant was Julian Castro. The former Obama housing secretary’s bold advocacy of government-funded abortions for transgender women—that is, for biological

By | 2019-07-03T15:21:30-07:00 July 3rd, 2019|

‘Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Western Civ Has Got to Go’

On January 15, 1987, Jesse Jackson and around 500 protesters marched down Palm Drive, Stanford University’s grand main entrance, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, Western Civ has got to go." They were protesting Stanford University’s introductory humanities program known as “Western Culture.” For Jackson and the protesters, the problem was its lack of

By | 2019-06-10T19:42:26-07:00 June 10th, 2019|

See ‘Hotel Mumbai’

A new film, “Hotel Mumbai,” tells the story of the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai. It is, I assure you, a film you want to see. It is more exciting than that action film playing next door in your town, better made than the films promoted by the Academy Awards, and

By | 2019-04-11T12:07:38-07:00 April 11th, 2019|

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 | 2019-02-10T21:35:11-07:00 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 | 2019-02-01T21:44:08-07:00 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 | 2018-12-30T13:35:49-07:00 December 30th, 2018|

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