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Peter Lawler

Professor of Government, Berry College

Peter Lawler is Dana Professor of Government and former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He serves as executive editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science, and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has written or edited fifteen books and over 200 articles and chapters in a wide variety of venues. He was the 2007 winner of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters.rnrnLawler served on President Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2004 – 09. His most recent book, Modern and American Dignity, is available from ISI Books.rnrnFollow him on Twitter @peteralawler.

Are Americans Too Busy?

From a certain view, the most probing question Alexis de Tocqueville had to answer in Democracy inAmerica is “Why are the Americans so restless in the midst of prosperity?”  Why […]

Panera Bread Is Getting Less Personal!

As I’ve said before, my home away from home is Panera Bread.  It has a fireplace with real gas logs, couches, and a leisurely and rather personal environment.  It’s a […]

Marxism (and Conservatism) Today

Ross Douthat has written on the revival of Marxism as a seductive theory in the wake of burgeoning economic inequality and the withering away of the middle class. He might […]

The Brutal Ageism of Silicon Valley

We’re told that our high-tech meritocracy based on productivity is the source of our enlightenment when it comes to our resolute opposition to racism, sexism, and heterosexism.  Certainly the demands […]

Was Harold Ramis a Republican?!

So here’s an absolutely humorless article from the somewhat humorless liberal Salon that accuses the seemingly philosophic filmmaker Harold Ramis of having been a semi-closeted (well he’s loud and proud in Ghostbusters) […]

Why Was Putin’s Invasion Unexpected?

Our opinion leaders and policy makers seem to have been genuinely surprised that Putin has invaded a part of Ukraine (mostly but not only Crimea) and will likely invade more.  […]

Putting the Humanity Back in Economics

So Professor Jacob Stoll defends the study of the humanities with the thought that all the great economic thinkers from Aristotle to Locke to Adam Smith to Karl Marx to […]

Quick Thoughts on Ukraine and Europe

So I rarely share my opinions on contemporary international relations.  Let me throw caution to wind and say something about the significance about what’s going on in Ukraine. The real […]

The Dystopian HER

Her is quite the meticulous and creepily seductive criticism of our techno-orientation toward transhumanism.  It is the dystopian film of our time, a haunting glimpse at the near future. The transhumanist theory is […]

Don’t Make Me Love My Work!

Miya Tokumitsu writes with incisive elegance about our altogether elitist and self-indulgent view that our experts have these days about the relationship between love and work.  That view, of course, […]

A Communitarian Appreciation of McDonald’s

So I differ from many other non-libertarian conservatives by appreciating many of America’s huge national and multinational chain institutions, such as Walmart and Waffle House. I was glad to discover […]

The Word of the Year: SCIENCE

The Merriam-Webster people have named SCIENCE the word of the year. Why?  It had “the greatest increase in look-ups” in the online version of their dictionary.  This data might be […]

Dave Brooks Became Too Good to Smoke Pot

Several people have asked me what I thought about David’s column about the moral message we send people by completely legalizing marijuana. The price would drop rapidly.  It would be […]

The Superfluous Man?

So Hanna Rosin is getting some attention by playing with the big idea that “men are finished.” That doesn’t mean they will literally disappear. It’s just women don’t need them […]

Watching, Wandering, and Seeking

My Christmas gift to you is this version of the African-American spiritual “Go Tell on the Mountain,” sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama (with Stephen) on the Colbert Show.  […]

The News About the Universe Isn’t Good

Let me remind you of why I think all the Singularity talk about making what used to be called personal immortality possible by turning each of us into conscious machines is ridiculous. […]

Should Atheists Be Transhumanists?

The “visionary” and “philosopher” Zoltan Istvan says that, as an atheist, he must be a transhumanist.  You probably  think I’m going to start mocking transhumanism again.  Once again, you’ve misjudged […]

Clones Are Us?

So the excellent editor of The New Atlantis, maybe our best journal on technology and society, reflects on the HBO series Stay of Play.  It’s all about the parents finding too […]

Marilynne Robinson on Human Exceptionalism

I’ve just gotten around to reading closely Marilynne Robinson’s most recent collection of essays—When I Was a Child I Read Books.  Robinson, maybe our best novelist, is a challenging writer.  […]

All Presidents Lie, But…

So Republicans are starting to compare the signature lies of President Clinton and President Obama.  Here they are: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”  “No […]

Solzhenitsyn and the One True Progress

Judging from their mid-term essays, I would say that among the many and diverse books and essays we’ve read so far in my course in technology, the one that has impressed the […]

SNL Mocks Lena Dunham and Her Girls

So here’s some savvy conservative commentary on Saturday Night Live’s  hilarious fake promo for the new season of the HBO hit Girls.  Introducing a needed note of realism into the show is the new […]