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Home » Programs » Seminars and Lectures » Donald Devine Seminars

Donald Devine Seminars

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Donald Devine Seminars

Dr. Donald Devine is a columnist, author and the Grewcock 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 Dr. 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.

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Op-Eds by Dr. Donald Devine

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The Fusionist Fight Over Everything

The intellectual battle between the factions claiming the brand “conservatism” has become “the fight over, well, everything” perceives even outsider Vox Senior Reporter Jane Coaston. “After decades of cordial friendship among different right-leaning factions” Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark simply told her the “conservative-libertarian fusion is pretty much dead.”

Losing Their Religion, Really?

The Pew Research Center headline could only hint at the flood of news stories to come: “In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace.” Aggregating surveys conducted between 2007 and 2019, Pew calculated that the proportion of Americans calling themselves Christians had declined by 12 points, down to merely 65 percent, while the religiously unaffiliated, “consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular,’” increased from 17 to 26 percent.

Yes, The Deep State Really Does Exist

Boston University law professor, past federal court official, Harvard grad, and former State Department attorney Rebecca Ingber assures us that the deep state swamp is a myth—it does not even really exist. By using the “Deep State concept,” she says, “the President and his supporters have attacked the career bureaucracy as disloyal.” But “far from an organized cabal of conniving puppeteers, these faceless bureaucrats are just people like you and me,” and “one of them once was me.”

Justice Thomas’ Solution for Fake News and Other Libels

Conservatives have just about had it with fake news and especially social media bias, which Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called more dangerous to liberty and free speech than big government. The result is Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s bill to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that currently protects tech platforms like Google from liability. The bill would not allow such media to “promote some political views while suppressing others” and requires reporting to the Federal Trade Commission every two years to demonstrate by “clear and convincing evidence” that they do not do so.

Barr’s Courageous Challenge to the FBI Praetorian Guard

Attorney General William Barr has just shown himself the most courageous and wise justice official in many years. He not only knows his history but is willing to challenge the most powerful force in Washington: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Big Data and Big Security Problems

The Department of Defense has finally succumbed to modernizing pressure and sent Congress a report announcing it will end its policy of storing data in different DOD agencies and consolidate all its important data on one giant cloud repository. Congress’ concern is the inability of different subdivisions to be managed by or to communicate with and mix agency data. They want fewer entry points for potential security attacks. But the more severe reverse problem is that one external or internal penetration can reveal everything.

Critiquing Robert Kagan’s Enlightenment Liberalism

An essay is meant to be very, very important when it consumes four giant pages in the A section of The Washington Post, the official Bible of the nation’s establishment. Robert Kagan’s “The Strongmen Strike Back” is a defense of Enlightenment liberalism against the threats from modern authoritarian nationalism. The bad guys are: Hungary’s Orban, Poland’s Duda, Russia’s Putin, the Brexiteers, France’s Le Pen, Netherland’s Wilders, Israel’s Hazony, Turkey’s Erdogan and, the “most significant,” U.S. conservatives—headed by Donald Trump. The good guys (didn’t notice any women) seem mainly limited to Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton. Mr. Kagan’s Enlightenment rises from the darkness of the earlier traditional societies that were dominated “by powerful and pervasive beliefs about the cosmos, about God and gods, about natural hierarchies and divine authorities, about life and afterlife that determined every aspect of people’s existence.”

The Nationalist Delusion

Whatever his faults, I love President Donald Trump. He’s forced conservative and libertarian intellectuals to rethink their long-held assumptions, something mere reasoning could not accomplish.

Mainstream Media’s Mueller Reckoning

We now have two major polls carefully measuring public reaction to the close of the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation that concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge Donald Trump of conspiracy with the Russians or of obstructing justice in a cover-up.

‘Alienated America’ and Trump’s Community Challenge

Journalist Timothy P. Carney’s perceptive book "Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse" is actually more about places than alienation. He repeats the usual economic reasons for today’s alienation — economic inequality, technological obsolescence, and drug dependency. But Carney’s meticulous poll research and relentless interviewing reveal something most others dismiss. This alienation was not primarily about economics but about a loss of community belonging.