In a sweeping review of American political history, Charles Kesler outlines the "grand liberal project" begun a century ago. It is a project, he asserts, that has expressed itself in three distinct waves: political liberalism, economic liberalism, and cultural liberalism.
Kesler further maintains that Barack Obama seeks nothing less than to complete and perfect this project. Finally, he confronts the issues of how conservatism lost its way in the face of the liberal project and how it might regain its imitative.
Charles R. Kesler
Charles R. Kesler, a professor of government and director of the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College, received his A.B. in Social Studies and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University.
He is editor of and contributor to Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding, and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought. Dr. Kesler has published widely in newspapers and periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, National Review, and the Weekly Standard, and is editor-in-chief of the Claremont Review of Books.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Charles Kesler contends that the struggle for absolute equality among the sexes is harmful to women. He also argues that the wave of cultural liberalism during the 1960s has now been reduced to a game of identity politics.
Charles Kesler, author and editor of the Claremont Review of Books, explains how President Obama plans to advance the liberal agenda with regard to the Supreme Court, national health care, and social issues.
Are your female friends feminine in the sense of misogynistic determination or in some non-traditional undefined sense? I think you might review Mr. Kesler's remarks on feminism in the context of which he spoke them: the 1960s and the sexual revolution. Feminism in the 60s was remarkably pro-sex, which is different from today. In the 60s feminists didn't complain about being treated as sex objects, rather they promoted such a view because it was seen as a position of power. This in turn is bad for women.
It's good not to base one's masculinity on dominance, but I think it's probably okay to base one's masculinity on a high regard for the protection of women. I'm amused at male feminists who refuse to treat women with deference or honor, and who somehow still manage to congratulate themselves on their enlightenment. I'm sure every deadbeat father that impregnates a woman and refuses to commit to her in marriage congratulates himself on his egalitarian views.
I'm male, and i find his argument not only dangerous...but completely indefensible.
Women were not rescued from 'femininity' Mr Kesler, they were rescued from a subservient, misogynistic determination of what construed femininity. I work for women and the women in my family all work. And yet i can confirm to you that they are VERY feminine. All my female friends work and they are all very feminine. And all my male friends and I are all very masculine. We just don't base our masculinity on our dominance over women as men once did. And we are better men for it!
Family life pre-women's lib only looked more functional - it wasn't more functional than it is today, and if it was, the decline in family function is due to other factors, like certain technological developments - basically lifestyle changes. But women's lib is a productive development that came centuries, maybe millennia, too late, thanks to people who question its benefits like nextprevious seems to.
Laugh all you want, 8:30dreamer, but he has a point. Men and women ARE different. Ever since women's lib came on the scene, family life is not as functional. I'm not anti-women's lib, but don't dismiss his argument entirely.
Peter Robinson is one of the best if not the best interviewer I have seen. He does his research and demonstrates believable understanding of the topic at hand. Furthermore he asks the right questions with tact and consideration regardless of his personal opinions which do not interfere with the guests position. I also liked very much Charles Kesler which I did not know. To ForaTV, I really like your programs and topics but since you have introduced advertisement it is very painful and distracting. Especially the stupid ads that glitter and flicker while we are listening to the program and that are trying to attract our attention to the incredible chance we have of being able to apply for a FUCKING green card to live and work in America. Come on please there is more to life then living in America. These ads make it look like if we don't click on them we are losers. Can you make your ads a little more discrete, this is not YouTube for crying out loud!