The left will have you believe the American rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer. But the reality is that income inequality in our country is lower today than any time since World War II.

Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm has the data to prove it. In The Myth of American Inequality: How Government Biases Policy Debate, he, along with co-authors Robert Ekelund and John Early, shows that the American Dream is still alive and well despite pervasive liberal lies about our economic well-being.

In this new edition of Defining Conservatism, Richard Reinsch interviews Bill McClay at the 2022 National Conservatism Conference about the meaning of American patriotism.


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The American military forces are in a diminished state, as readiness issues, old equipment, and a lack of capacity calls into question its ability to defend the United States and its interests. The conclusions of The Heritage Foundation’s 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength indicate the force is too small, too old, and too unready to meet the challenges posed by adversaries like China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and global terrorist organizations.

 

The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies is honored to announce that Professor Robert P. George will deliver our 2022 Russell Kirk Lecture, for his speech titled, Natural Law and the Recovery of Human Freedom.

The namesake of the lecture—famed scholar Russell Kirk—was a pillar of the conservative movement, bringing like-minded individuals under the very name conservative. Through his well-known books, The Conservative Mind and The Roots of American Order, Kirk provided a philosophical foundation for the conservative movement.

Nearly 60 years ago, Uganda gained independence and established diplomatic ties with the United States. Since then, Uganda has built outsized influence in East and Central Africa despite its relatively small size and is today one of the most consequential countries in an important and volatile region.

Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. General Abubaker Jeje Odongo joins Heritage’s Joshua Meservey to discuss some of Africa’s thorniest challenges and why they require continued American engagement.

Richard Reinsch and Simon Center Visiting Fellow Sam Gregg discuss the three features of the American Founding that especially matter for American conservatism today.

  1. The idea of natural rights and natural law;
  2. The particular political order of American constitutionalism, especially the separation of powers and the distinct idea of federalism; and
  3. The political economy associated with the idea of a commercial republic.

 

U.S. policymakers don’t need a crystal ball to get a good idea of the impact from Green New Deal-type policies and a war on conventional fuels. We are seeing these impacts now right here in the U.S. But lessons can also be learned from the experiences of the EU and UK, who are further down this misguided path of attacking reliable and abundant energy, all in the name of climate change and other alleged environmental objectives.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss EU and UK energy policy, what has been the result of these policies (including the horror stories), and what lessons the U.S. should take from their experience.

 

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We are in an alarming cultural moment in which victims of all types are celebrated and the ideals at the heart of our founding—the pursuit of excellence and American exceptionalism—are practically lost.

Entrepreneur, political commentator, and author Vivek Ramaswamy recognizes this significant cultural moment in his book, Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence. Join us for a conversation about our moral and cultural future and hear Ramaswamy’s strategies for reviving American excellence and the American experiment itself.

The Supreme Court returns October 3 for its 2022-2023 Term, and the justices will hear cases on a number of important issues: affirmative action, race, elections, administrative law, immigration, and more.

For instance, in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, the Court will determine whether institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions. In Moore v. Harper, the Court will determine if state legislatures have the authority from the Constitution to regulate federal elections without oversight from state courts. In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Court will establish if the 9th Circuit set forth the proper test to determine whether wetlands are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. In United States v. Texas, the Court will decide if the state plaintiffs have Article III standing to challenge the Department of Homeland Security’s Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law.

In this Defining Conservatism podcast, Richard Reinsch interviews Daniel Mahoney about his new book, The Statesman as Thinker, to understand the unbroken line of political leadership stretching from Cicero to George Washington to Winston Churchill. These statesmen could lead their people through turbulent times with prudence and courage, which drew from their learning in classical philosophy and histories of other great leaders and episodes in classic and modern times. If we find ourselves wondering where our statesman have gone, we should read deeply this work to understand the criteria for excellence in political leadership and how we might recover it.


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Harriet Hageman has spent a lifetime upholding the values of the Constitution in the legal and political arenas. To celebrate Constitution Day, she joins Heritage’s Tommy Binion to think through the gravest threats to the Constitution and help prepare the conservative movement for the fight to protect it.


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In the face of an increasingly progressive left, starting your career in the public policy arena can seem daunting. Yet it’s never been more critical for talented conservatives to serve and thrive in key positions on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement.

Why is your career success in conservative public policy essential to the future of the country? How do you advance conservative values while working in DC without becoming part of the problem?

One of the most controversial and long-standing environmental issues deals with which waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act. For decades, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have tried major federal power grabs by defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in a vague and overbroad manner, seeking to regulate almost every water imaginable, and arguably regulating what most people would consider to be land. These power grabs have led to wide opposition from farmers and homebuilders to local governments. There is also significant confusion for property owners as to what is even regulated.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first case of the new term, Sackett v. EPA, may provide clear and workable answers that are consistent with the Clean Water Act and the proper role of the federal government. Damien Schiff, lead counsel for the Sacketts, joins Heritage’s Daren Bakst in the leadup to oral arguments to discuss why this case is not only a critical environmental law case but also a critical case about private property rights and federalism.

For decades, many conservatives have warned that environmental extremists are trying to use the government to dictate, among other things, how you live, where you live, what you eat, and what you drive. Recent developments have certainly shown they want to dictate what you want to drive. From the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its push for electric vehicles, California’s efforts to ban new gas-fueled cars, to the extreme federal fuel efficiency standards, the far left wants Americans to stop driving gas-powered cars, with little to no regard for the harm such policies will impose upon Americans.  In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading experts discuss these recent developments, the harmful impact of these efforts, and the elitism and arrogance of some who think they know better than Americans themselves as to what they should drive.


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Where is the U.S. Navy heading? Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday sits down with Heritage’s Brent Sadler to lay out his path for the Navy amidst a host of peer competitors and institutional challenges.

Gilday’s recently updated Navigation Plan provides key insights into how the Navy must operate, with goals that are reasonable. But are they achievable given inflation and budget pressures? Is the Navy equipped to provide sufficient deterrence, or are resources too slim? Join us to learn more about the future of the U.S. Navy.

 

The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” has now become law, with the House and Senate passing the legislation on purely partisan lines. No Republican voted in favor of the bill, which includes a Green New Deal wish list, spending $369 billion on energy and climate programs. What does the left get wrong with this bill and its energy and climate agenda? What should conservatives do to have a bold and proactive agenda that gets things right? In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, leading energy experts answer these questions and help to lay out key principles that should inform conservative energy policy.

There are two competing factions in K-12 education right now: those special interest groups and government officials who are working to limit parents’ interactions with schools, and those in power who want to increase parent agency and voice within their children’s schools. As back to school season approaches, how do we ensure it is parents who win-out in the fight for education freedom?

>>> Heritage Explains: School Choice Is Defeating Woke Agendas

The U.S. is Taiwan’s lifeline, not least because it is the only nation in the world that dares to sell it arms. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and concern about Taiwan’s central node in global supply chains, these sales have assumed renewed and intense attention. Virtually everyone in Washington agrees Taiwan’s security is important to the U.S. Differences, however, have peaked over how best to protect it. Join us as we discuss the best way forward.


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Elected officials, shareholders, and the American people are uniting against the undemocratic “Environmental, Social and Governance” (ESG) investment framework the elite left has weaponized against them. Federal legislation has been introduced that would require investment advisers to prioritize financial returns over non-pecuniary interests. State treasurers are challenging the financial institutions that discriminate against vital industries in their states. Customers are pushing back on “Woke Corporations.” Shareholders are engaging CEOs directly to ask why investment firms are pouring billions of American pension dollars into China’s economy and propping up communist leaders. And thousands of Americans are taking to the arcane process of submitting comments in opposition to the SEC’s Climate Disclosure Rule—the latest attempt by the Biden administration to compel corporate America to advance an agenda they could never pass with the support of the American people.


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