Ken Masugi

About Ken Masugi

Ken Masugi, Ph.D., is a senior contributor at American Greatness and 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.

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|

Reparations and Diversity Are Not the Path to Equality

The revival of reparations talk signals an opportunity for a serious discussion of the revival of republican self-government or strong citizenship. Instead, we get the blithe attitudes of Democrats and the grumbling about handouts from Republicans which signal the bipartisan lack of seriousness—a deficiency also characterizing disputes over immigration and “diversity.” The best

By | 2019-05-23T19:56:34-07:00 May 22nd, 2019|

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