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Reviving the Constitution


Can we revive the Constitution and bring America back? Dr. Donald Devine shows us how.

America can recover from economic stagnation, moral exhaustion and looming bankruptcy! In his lectures, Donald Devine, Ronald Reagan’s bureaucracy-cutting chief, shows the way back. If we understand the Constitution as America’s founders and President Reagan did, it can be done.

“Devine shows how we can recover what we have lost – an intellectual journey to be savored.” –  Mark Levin ’76, Radio Broadcaster and TFAS Alumnus

The progressive ideology of both political parties has so corrupted the modern mindset that it has obscured the secret of the Constitution’s success: the way it harmonized freedom and tradition. Devine points to the essential paradox that Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek highlighted – “A successful free society will always in large measure be a tradition-bound society” – and makes the case for a new libertarian-traditionalist “fusion.” As William F. Buckley Jr.’s, Frank Meyer’s and Ronald Reagan’s fusionism led to a conservative revival in the 1960s, a new harmony between freedom and tradition can revive America today.

As Senator Rand Paul said about Devine’s book, it “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.” The solution lies in a new “fusion” of the traditional and libertarian thought that motivated Ronald Reagan and made his administration the most successful in modern times.

About Professor Devine
The Washington Post described Professor Devine as Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service.” As director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during President Reagan’s first term, Devine helped cut 100,000 bureaucratic jobs and saved over $6 billion reducing bloated benefits. 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. 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. He is a columnist and author of ten books, including his most recent “The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order.”

Host a Lecture
If you are interested in having Dr. Donald Devine talk to your group or organization about how we can save the marriage between traditionalism and libertarianism, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org.