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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.


Love, Justice, and God

BIG THINKER Steven Mazie does well to criticize the complacency of Stephen Asma.  Asma, citing obvious facts of evolutionary psychology, observes that our natural powers of knowing and loving are limited.  […]

Defending History as Higher Education

I’m taking a break from talking about conservative diversity to think  more about justifying the content of liberal education these days. So here’s an account of chairs of departments of history […]

Big Idea: The Diversity of Conservative Opinion

Ross Douthat—the only really conservative columnist for the NYT—has been endlessly patient in trying to explain to his basically hostile audience that conservative opinion is both reasonable and diverse. The […]

Big Idea: Affirmative Action for Conservatives

So I’ve gotten several emails asking what I think about the idea talked up by the devoted Democratic professor Jonathan Zimmerman in the semi-iconoclastic Christian Science Monitor: affirmative action for conservatives […]

Let’s Have an American Christmas!

As some more traditionalist and religious conservatives have noted with disgust, that’s the advice of Ayn Rand: The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: […]

Higher Education’s Inclusively Virtual Future

Nathan Harden writes with his characteristic techno-confidence that most higher education will be online soon enough.  That means that most non-elite private colleges and many mediocre public institutions will soon […]

Conservatives American and Crunchy

So here’s an article (really blog) from the interesting journal The American Conservative. The AC has two themes:  America ought to be a republic, and not an empire.  And America […]

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Romney Lost

The Democrats, at their convention, stood so stridently for the rights of the liberated single woman that they offered the Republicans the opportunity to counter with a defense of the […]

Watch More TV—Part 2: BIG LOVE

This is my second installment in a series on excellent TV shows and the 2012 election. I’m skipping over Girls for now and turning to the HBO series Big Love. […]

Watch More TV!

We’re having a conference—sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute—at Berry College next Friday and Saturday on POP CULTURE and REAL CULTURE.  All the details can be found here.  YOU are […]

The Best Lincoln Ever?

Well, you can’t miss the new film Lincoln.  Here’s the big reason:  Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln is pretty much WHO we will think of when imagining the person “Father Abraham” from now […]

Big Idea: The Hell of Pure Possibility

Here’s a thought of the novelist Walker Percy’s searching character Will Barrett in The Last Gentleman: For until this moment he had lived in a state of pure possibility, not […]

The True Science of Elections?

For a couple of days, I was inclined to buy the theory that Obama won the election because his campaign was so “metric driven.”  Metric driven in this case seems […]

The Election as a Constitutional Lesson

A good thing about ELECTIONS is that they remind us we have a CONSTITUTION. They especially remind us that we’re a really, really constitutional people. Lots of Americans really hate […]

Allan Bloom and Souls Without Longing

So I’ve gotten a lot (meaning several) emails complaining that I haven’t gotten around to keeping my promise of talking about Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. Well, sorry.  […]

The Liberal Arts Brand

So Scott Jaschik explains—in Inside Higher Ed—that parents and students still want the prestigious brand of the liberal arts college.  Lots of leaders, after all, have been educated at such schools, […]

Is Obama More Puritanical Than Romney?

Sure he is, according to Walter Russell Mead.  Mead’s Meadea, of course, is one of the most savvy and erudite blogs around. One reason, it appears, that Mead is voting […]

Liberal Arts?

So, a few of you have asked, why have you stopped talking about movies? It’s not that I’ve stopped seeing them.  The truth is that movies have gotten so much […]