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Donald Devine Seminars

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Donald Devine Seminars

Dr. Donald Devine is a columnist, author and senior scholar for The Fund for American Studies. Devine served as President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director during the president’s first term in office. During that time, The Washington Post labeled him “Reagan’s Terrible Swift Sword of the Civil Service” for cutting bureaucrats and reducing billions in spending. Today, Devine travels the country teaching Constitutional Leadership Seminars to young people and speaking to groups about reviving the Constitution and saving the marriage between libertarianism and traditionalism.

Devine spells out the solution for the modern GOP – a fusion of the best of conservative ideas with those of the liberty movement, all rooted in the Constitution.

–  Senator Rand Paul

About Dr. Donald Devine

Before and after his government service, Devine was an academic, teaching 14 years as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and for a decade as a professor of Western civilization at Bellevue University. He is a columnist and author of eight books, including his most recent “America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition and Constitution.” Devine served as an advisor to Reagan from 1976 to 1985, to Sen. Bob Dole from 1988–1996 and to Steve Forbes between 1998–2000.

Book Dr. Devine

If you’re interested in scheduling Donald Devine to speak at your event, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org. For media inquiries, please contact Kerri DiNarda at info@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384.


Op-Eds by Dr. Donald Devine

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Trump’s Appointments Ensure He’ll Revamp Govt

The most remarkable of many surprises in Donald Trump’s first week as president was almost invisible — ignored by the media. As a lifetime political scientist, observer and participant, I have never seen a president, well — so humble. ...

Trump’s Victory Predicted by Two Forecasting Models

Time magazine was so surprised at the election results it just announced Donald Trump will be their man of the year. But the basics of that contest were pretty simple if one considered the political-science basics ...

The American Conservative Presidential Symposium

Donald Devine joins two-dozen conservatives, libertarians and independently minded progressives as they reveal how they look at the presidential election ...

Bye, Bye Federal Reserve Pie

For years, the (old) left has been agog trying to discover the deep meaning of the number-one 1971 smash hit “American Pie.” Was it the end of America, or more profoundly of idealism, when “the music died”? Neither music nor America died, but today there’s little left of idealism. Don McLean himself materialistically sold his handwritten “Pie” lyrics for $1.2 million. And capitalism’s big bank is still here, at least for now ...

NYC Terrorist Was Aided by Political Correctness

For years, the (old) left has been agog trying to discover the deep meaning of the number-one 1971 smash hit “American Pie.” Was it the end of America, or more profoundly of idealism, when “the music died”? Neither music nor America died, but today there’s little left of idealism. Don McLean himself materialistically sold his handwritten “Pie” lyrics for $1.2 million. And capitalism’s big bank is still here, at least for now ...

The Need for a Decentralized Police

Why can’t police chiefs speak the truth? We all know why—because the 24/7 media blob would destroy them for their political incorrectness. Fortunately, chiefs ultimately retire and can be more forthcoming. District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is retiring after serving a decade at the top and she kindly granted the Washington Post a long exit interview, the highlight of which was the admission: “The criminal justice system in this city is broken. It is beyond broken]” ...

Conservatives’ Flight 93 Election

Outrageous hyperbole is often essential in stimulating the brain. Such is the case with an anonymous piece posted on the Claremont Review of Books website under the nom de plume Publius Decius Mus. The essay ricocheted around the conservative internet so quickly that it overwhelmed the site on its first day. In many ways the piece is outrageous, even somewhat offensive, but it asks conservatives the right question. Sure, Donald Trump is difficult and is not a conservative in the old Bill Buckley/Frank Meyer fusionist sense. I myself made that case back in 2015. But that almost does not matter now ...

Is Gary Johnson a Libertarian?

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, is now earning an average of 13 percent of voter support in key states, much higher than any previous libertarian nominee. Is his success because of or in spite of his libertarianism? Or is he a libertarian at all? ...

Why Millennials Have Less Faith in Democracy

A quarter century ago only one-sixth of those between 16 and 24 years of age said democracy was “fairly bad” or “very bad.” But today that has increased to almost one-quarter among millennials, according to the World Values Survey as reported by Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk in a recent edition of the Journal of Democracy. ...

Notable & Quotable: Sovoks

The Wall Street Journal quotes TFAS Senior Scholar Donald Devine’s Liberty Law Blog article, “Secondhand Gulag.” In the article, Dr. Devine writes about the book “Secondhand Time,” by Nobelist Svetlana Alexievic ...