James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions Princeton University's official program in American political thought and institutions Founded in the summer of 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought.
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The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems. To realize its mission, the James Madison Program implements a number of initiatives. The Program awards visiting fellowships and postdoctoral appointments each year to support scholars conducting research in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. The Program supports the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars, and promotes civic education by its sponsorship of conferences, lectures, seminars, and colloquia. The Program's Undergraduate Fellows Forum provides opportunities for Princeton undergraduates to interact with Madison Program Fellows and speakers. The Madison Program also awards a Senior Thesis Prize for excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought each year. The success of the James Madison Program depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of American ideals and institutions. We are deeply grateful to all who stand with us.

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"Our own time often divorces justice from nature, liberty from virtue, and law from all of the above. We are the worse f...
12/07/2020
Blackstone’s Commentaries: Particular Law, Universal Truth | National Review

"Our own time often divorces justice from nature, liberty from virtue, and law from all of the above. We are the worse for it. In response, we would be well advised to follow Lincoln’s advice and 'begin' again — 'with Blackstone.'"

Read the latest from Madison Program Visiting Fellow Adam Carrington.
https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/12/17/blackstones-commentaries-particular-law-universal-truth/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3FSrRNtS98yROBlmybnkVKOyWQL1jRxDFwKoGcWMMQL-tek2T7u829ia8

Lincoln revered the jurist’s magnum opus for good reason.

"I warmly congratulate Dean Rouse. She is a good friend, a distinguished scholar, and someone who has stood up boldly fo...
12/04/2020
Joe Biden Announces Intention to Nominate James Madison Program Faculty Associate Cecila Rouse to Chair the President’s Council of Economic Advisers | James Madison Program

"I warmly congratulate Dean Rouse. She is a good friend, a distinguished scholar, and someone who has stood up boldly for the importance of freedom of speech and viewpoint diversity on our campus."

Read Robert P. George's statement on Joe Biden's decision to nominate Madison Program Faculty Associate Cecilia Rouse to to chair the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
https://jmp.princeton.edu/announcements/joe-biden-announces-intention-nominate-james-madison-program-faculty-associate-cecila

Joe Biden has announced his intention to nominate Cecilia Rouse, Dean of Princeton’s School of Public Affairs and a Faculty Associate of the James Madison Program, to chair the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Robert P. George, Director of the Madison Program, said: “I warmly congratu...

Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he'...
12/02/2020
‎Madison's Notes: A Warning to the West: A Conversation with Sergiu Klainerman on Apple Podcasts

Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he's disturbed by similarities he sees between life in the Soviet Bloc and the "soft totalitarianism" or "pre-totalitarianism" taking hold of America. Sergiu joins #MadisonsNotes to discuss these similarities, his experiences growing up in communist Romania, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1978 speech at Harvard, and more. Listen now:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-warning-to-the-west-a-conversation-with-sergiu-klainerman/id1515595812?i=1000501102200

‎Show Madison's Notes, Ep A Warning to the West: A Conversation with Sergiu Klainerman - Dec 1, 2020

Happy Monday, Madisonians! We hope you'll join us on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, November 30th, for "The Tyranny of Merit:...
11/30/2020
The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? | James Madison Program

Happy Monday, Madisonians! We hope you'll join us on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, November 30th, for "The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?," a conversation between Michael J. Sandel and Robert P. George.

Registration for the event is still free and still available here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/tyranny-merit-whats-become-common-good

Michael J. Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

"Identity politics claims to be egalitarian, but in truth it radically separates human beings in a manner only previousl...
11/25/2020
Guilt Without Vice, Innocence Without Virtue

"Identity politics claims to be egalitarian, but in truth it radically separates human beings in a manner only previously seen in the totalitarian ideologies and regimes of the twentieth century. Identity politics sees no struggle between good and evil in every human heart, as in the classical and Christian understanding of free will, conscience, and moral responsibility. It has no place for the drama of human existence."

Madison Program Garwood Visiting Fellow Dan Mahoney reviews "American Awakening," by Joshua Mitchell.
https://www.realclearbooks.com/articles/2020/11/24/guilt_without_vice_innocence_without_virtue_650810.html

Encounter Books Georgetown political theorist Joshua Mitchell has written that rare book that captures the state of our souls and describes our situation with clarity, astuteness, and spir

Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director of the Madison Program, has a confession: "As I approach my seventh decade as a re...
11/24/2020
The Bookshelf: Big Books Still Ahead

Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director of the Madison Program, has a confession: "As I approach my seventh decade as a reader, there are many notable works of literature whose acquaintance I have yet to make, though I own them already. I should look on the bright side: see what greatness still awaits me!"

What great books still await you?
https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/11/72851/

Perhaps what unites the books that I’ve dragged my feet about reading is that they are Big Books, long and serious works of great literary merit. These require an investment of one’s time and energy, representing a reader’s marathon. There is no training for these marathons, of course. One mus...

"Whatever the future holds, it is our job to do what is right — what the natural law and divine law require. As the late...
11/23/2020
An Interview with Robert P. George and Andrew T. Walker on the Natural Law

"Whatever the future holds, it is our job to do what is right — what the natural law and divine law require. As the late and very great Richard John Neuhaus never ceased reminding us, our job is not to produce the final victory; that is up to God and will come in his time and on his terms. Our job is to be faithful. Ever faithful."

Robert P. George is interviewed by Andrew T. Walker. Read now: https://cbmw.org/2020/11/20/an-interview-with-robert-p-george-and-andrew-t-walker-on-the-natural-law/

Editor's note: The following interview appears in the Fall 2020 issue of Eikon. Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton …

11/21/2020
10/30/2020 Tocqueville Lecture Series - Bradford Wilson

Dr. Bradford Wilson, Executive Director of the James Madison Program and editor of a two volume collection of "The Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton," visited the Ostrom Workshop to discuss "Hamilton's American Soul." Watch now:
https://youtu.be/4-dxg8PDa2U

Hamilton's American Soul (Beyond the Musical) Despite Covid-19, isn’t it a great time to be alive – when a Broadway musical can singlehandedly restore the re...

A recording of our recent virtual event, "Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus," is now a...
11/20/2020
Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus | James Madison Program

A recording of our recent virtual event, "Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus," is now available! Click the link below to hear from Nicholas A. Christakis and Robert P. George on what we should expect in the months and years ahead. https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/apollo%E2%80%99s-arrow-profound-and-enduring-impact-coronavirus#https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/id/1_yhe3nw1h?width=800&height=530&playerId=25624581

Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Pr...
11/19/2020
‎Madison's Notes: Lincoln at Gettysburg: A Conversation with Allen C. Guelzo on Apple Podcasts

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, joins #MadisonsNotes to discuss the legacy of the Gettysburg Address and what Lincoln might say to us today.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lincoln-at-gettysburg-a-conversation-with-allen-c-guelzo/id1515595812?i=1000499404334

‎Show Madison's Notes, Ep Lincoln at Gettysburg: A Conversation with Allen C. Guelzo - Nov 18, 2020

Don't forget to join us on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, November 18th, as Nicholas A. Christakis and Robert P. George discu...
11/18/2020
Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus | James Madison Program

Don't forget to join us on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, November 18th, as Nicholas A. Christakis and Robert P. George discuss "Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus." This event is cosponsored by the Elm Institute.

Registration is still available here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/apollo%E2%80%99s-arrow-profound-and-enduring-impact-coronavirus

Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

Did you miss our recent virtual event on George Washington’s “uncancelable” statesmanship? Fear not! A video recording o...
11/17/2020
Indelible Legacy: The Indispensable, Uncancelable Statesmanship of George Washington | James Madison Program

Did you miss our recent virtual event on George Washington’s “uncancelable” statesmanship? Fear not! A video recording of the event is now available on our website!

Hear from William Allen, Paul Carrese, and Diana Schaub: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/indelible-legacy-indispensable-uncancelable-statesmanship-george-washington

William Allen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Michigan State University, and Paul O. Carrese, Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University

VIRTUAL EVENT: We'll have Nicholas A. Christakis of Yale University with us on Zoom  at 4:30 PM ET THIS WEDNESDAY (11/18...
11/16/2020
Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus | James Madison Program

VIRTUAL EVENT: We'll have Nicholas A. Christakis of Yale University with us on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET THIS WEDNESDAY (11/18) to discuss "Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus" with Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program.

Registration is free, required, and available here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/apollo%E2%80%99s-arrow-profound-and-enduring-impact-coronavirus

Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

It's #Washington Day! There's still time to register for our 3:00 PM ET virtual event, "Indelible Legacy: The Indispensa...
11/13/2020
Indelible Legacy: The Indispensable, Uncancelable Statesmanship of George Washington | James Madison Program

It's #Washington Day! There's still time to register for our 3:00 PM ET virtual event, "Indelible Legacy: The Indispensable, Uncancelable Statesmanship of George Washington." Register now for the opportunity to hear from renowned Washington scholars William Allen, Paul Carrese, and Diana Schaub. Just click here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/indelible-legacy-indispensable-uncancelable-statesmanship-george-washington

William Allen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Michigan State University, and Paul O. Carrese, Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University

Before our event on George Washington's indispensable and uncancelable statesmanship (Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, at 3:00...
11/12/2020
VIRTUAL EVENT: What Does it Mean to Be Human? Bioethics and Public Policy

Before our event on George Washington's indispensable and uncancelable statesmanship (Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, at 3:00 PM ET!), be sure to check out The Heritage Foundation's virtual event on bioethics and public policy, featuring Robert P. George, O. Carter Snead, and James Madison Society Members Yuval Levin and Ryan T. Anderson. 12:00 PM ET! Registration is available here: https://www.heritage.org/science-policy/event/virtual-event-what-does-it-mean-be-human-bioethics-and-public-policy

Event Science Policy November 13, 2020 VIRTUAL EVENT: What Does it Mean to Be Human? Bioethics and Public Policy Abortion, embryo-destructive research, genetically modified babies, and euthanasia. These are just a small sampling of the bioethical questions our country will have to address in the com...

11/11/2020

Today we celebrate the men and women who answered our Nation’s call to serve. We praise them for their courage, honor them for their sacrifices, and reaffirm our commitment to this glorious Nation they’ve so valiantly defended.

To all our veterans: We salute you.

11/10/2020

Join us this Friday, November 13, at 3:00 PM ET for "Indelible Legacy: The Indispensable, Uncancelable Statesmanship of George Washington." Registration is free, required, and available here: https://rb.gy/k1plal

Diana Schaub has all the details:

Are transgenderism and feminism at odds? Why have conservatives been so unsuccessful in fighting the "culture wars"? Sco...
11/10/2020
‎Madison's Notes: The Recovery of Family Life: A Conversation with Scott Yenor on Apple Podcasts

Are transgenderism and feminism at odds? Why have conservatives been so unsuccessful in fighting the "culture wars"? Scott Yenor joins #MadisonsNotes to answer these questions and discuss his new book, "The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies."

Listen to Madison's Notes Ep. 14: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-recovery-of-family-life-a-conversation-with-scott-yenor/id1515595812?i=1000497765170

‎Show Madison's Notes, Ep The Recovery of Family Life: A Conversation with Scott Yenor - Nov 8, 2020

"Reducing minds to group representation is, in the long run, no way to arrive at either truth or justice. Instead, it fi...
11/06/2020
Qualifying Free Speech Out of Existence: Dare to Speak and the Danger of Polite Self-Censorship

"Reducing minds to group representation is, in the long run, no way to arrive at either truth or justice. Instead, it first leads to conflict, and finally to a weary agreement that the groups can only live in peace separately—and in silence."

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of our Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, reviews "Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All" by Suzanne Nossel.
https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/11/72147/

It is easy to come away from Dare to Speak filled with confusion about whether, or even how, to take the title’s advice. Reducing minds to group representation is, in the long run, no way to arrive at either truth or justice. Instead, it first leads to conflict, and finally to a weary agreement th...

ICYMI: Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, joined Shannon Bream to discuss political polarization a...
11/05/2020
Prof: Republicans 'have potential' after Dem landslide predictions miss

ICYMI: Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, joined Shannon Bream to discuss political polarization and the future of America's two major political parties.

Watch now: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6207246328001?fbclid=IwAR0xX_zLTJqbi2GOdw_TYiVzh3qi-KoEW7BtucfBkKBCio-S8anSqtzi6d4#sp=show-clips

Princeton University professor Robert P. George assesses the state of the nation post-election on 'Fox News @ Night'

The ballots have been cast, but questions remain. What happens if neither candidate receives a majority of Electoral Col...
11/04/2020
Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task? | James Madison Program

The ballots have been cast, but questions remain. What happens if neither candidate receives a majority of Electoral College votes? What happens if there is not a clear winner by January 20, 2021?

Our all-star panel of Akhil Reed Amar, Brandice Canes-Wrone, Bradley A. Smith, and Allen C. Guelzo answered these questions and others in our recent virtual event, "Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task?" Watch now:
https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/election-2020-constitution-task#video

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University; Brandice Canes-Wrone, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Cap...

11/03/2020

"Exercise your sacred right to participate in this grand experiment in ordered liberty and self-government...Participate. Be part of the process. Be one of the guardians of freedom."

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, with an Election Day message for all Americans.

"A pandemic calls for reasonable accommodations to ensure safe and accessible voting. But the court rightly recognized t...
11/02/2020
SCOTUS Wisconsin Voting Decision Was Constitutional, Not Partisan | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics

"A pandemic calls for reasonable accommodations to ensure safe and accessible voting. But the court rightly recognized that these accommodations should be made by law through states’ lawmaking bodies."

Adam Carrington, 2020-21 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, for The American Spectator.
https://spectator.org/scotus-wisconsin-voting-ballot-count/

The court said voter accommodations should be made by law through states’ lawmaking bodies. Wisconsin should be no exception.

A recording of our virtual event, "Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task?," is now available! Hear from Akhi...
10/30/2020
Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task? | James Madison Program

A recording of our virtual event, "Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task?," is now available!

Hear from Akhil Reed Amar (Yale University), Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton University), Bradley A. Smith (Capital University), and the Madison Program's own Allen C. Guelzo. https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/election-2020-constitution-task#video

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University; Brandice Canes-Wrone, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Cap...

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Founded in the summer of 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems. To realize its mission, the James Madison Program implements a number of initiatives. The Program awards visiting fellowships and postdoctoral appointments each year to support scholars conducting research in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. The Program supports the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars, and promotes civic education by its sponsorship of conferences, lectures, seminars, and colloquia. The Program's Undergraduate Fellows Forum provides opportunities for Princeton undergraduates to interact with Madison Program Visiting Fellows and speakers. The Madison Program also awards a Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought each year. The success of the James Madison Program depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of American ideals and institutions. We are deeply grateful to all who stand with us.

-Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

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An example of the hoops one has to go through to correct the lies told by politicians.
# The Banjo: Music and Conversation with Robby George and Tony Trischka The banjo was not born in the United States, but it became the quintessential American instrument. Where was the banjo born?
I’m In 👍🏻, Arthur’s lecture on “the Economics of Happiness” was outstanding so feel privileged with the opportunity to hear him a second time
Great to see initiatives like this.
I'm here asking for your help. I'm not American and I'm working right now on a text about Academic Freedom in the USA from the legal perspective. I understand that it's based on the First Amendment, (not on other kind of legislation) and in the interpretations that the SCOPUS and other courts have made. Here below my questions: 1) is the above statement right or I'm mislead? 2) how is defined the "good protected" by the courts? Are they the freedom of speech of the scholars/professors, the stability of their work, the development of critical thinking among the students avoiding indoctrination or also something abstract of "higher" meaning e.g. the right of men to seek truth, the right of following the conscience or any other aspect related with abstract aspect of the common good or the anthropological needs of men... or something else? 3) are, at least in theory, the academic freedom's current legal institutions enough to really protect it in practice? Thank you so much for your suggestions, explanations, corrections.
When will you be presenting podcasts?Princeton is so far away from Los Angeles.
------- Placing a link to my profile. "Think for yourself ! " Don't be impressed by leftist rubber-stamping "Nazi-kazi-paparazi".
Go Princeton!! Think for your self and don't fall for groupthink: "In today’s climate, it’s all-too-easy to allow your views and outlook to be shaped by dominant opinion on your campus or in the broader academic culture. The danger any student—or faculty member—faces today is falling into the vice of conformism, yielding to groupthink."
Makes sense to me? "The only people who need fear open-minded inquiry and robust debate are the actual bigots, including those on campuses or in the broader society who seek to protect the hegemony of their opinions by claiming that to question those opinions is itself bigotry".
Those unaware of the extent of the decline of the liberal arts i America might find it startling that this needed to be said at all. http://goo.gl/Y98R1T After all, other than free, critical inquiry, what are the liberal arts for? That said, the 15 professors who signed on to this deserve praise -- and robust protection from the inevitable backlash from the brownshirt left.
" Iluminating our Differences while Honoring our Shared Humanity" (Diplomatic Society July 2017 release) This week in an exclusive interview, United Nations Representative for the International Center for Ethno/Religious Mediation (ICERM) Marla Mossman spoke to The Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando. Srimal Fernando (SF): In almost six years of conflict in Syria close to half a million people have been killed and over 4 million more internally displaced. Perhaps now is the time for the conflicting parties and the International community to put an end to the years of hostilities. The road to peace can certainly be a very difficult. In that aspect what are your thoughts about building peace and reconciliation among the Syrian society? Marla Mossman (MM) : I have outlined Practical tools for Peace Building, education and the essentials of safety and security. However, there is a need for skilled jobs. People want to work, take care of their families, and gain better lives for themselves and their children. Yet there is vast unemployment due to lack of opportunities to learn new skills. This is stifling progress, especially the future for girls and boys (22- 28 ages). The post traumatic conditions they are experiencing need both physical and psychological support. Governments and Private sectors can team up to create goals for a prosperous and vibrant society when the focus moves from war and violence to compassion and peace. We can all do our share by practicing personal peace. Now is the time to eradicate the forces of hate, violence and terror. I do my part in my work and my art project of storytelling and photography. My Peace Caravan Project's motto is "Illuminating our Differences while Honoring our Shared Humanity."