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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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Conservatives Should Learn from Trump, Decentralize Gov’t

Two recent actions by the Trump administration and the reaction to them suggest that big changes are coming in how American government will work. The U.S. Constitutional Founders rejected both full centralization — even under an elected parliament — and full autonomy for local units, creating instead a balance called federalism, with a few functions nationally and the great majority left to state, local and private governance.

Breaking the Conservative Nostalgia Bubble

Pretty much every thinking person on the Right is in therapy these days trying to break out of his ideological bubble and fit within the new world of Donald Trump.

Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?

One shocking claim has dominated the nomination battles for Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, from Science magazine, Mother Jones, and mainstream media to constant invective from Democratic senators — the candidates are science deniers!

The Decentralized yet Durable Empire

Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire, the magnum opus of Oxford’s Peter H. Wilson, is almost a thousand pages explaining a thousand-year empire that few contemporary readers know or care about. Yet the long-ago, expired heart of Europe still has a vital message for the United States today.

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]” ...