Tevi Troy
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2017: The Year in Books

December 26, 2017  •  National Review Online

For my reading in 2017, I was hoping to get a handle on what was going on in our strange political environment. I have always felt that conservatives have had a healthy skepticism of the accepted conventional wisdom as they seek to understand what is going on beyond Washington, D.C., and the blue urban centers on both coasts. Unfortunately, this skepticism was not penetrating enough in 2016, argue my friends Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn in American Greatness: How Conservatism, Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn. Both Leibsohn and Buskirk come from the West Coast Straussian Claremont orbit, and they have little patience for misinterpretations of Strauss. As they put it in a nice turn of phrase, confusing "Straussianism" with neoconservatism is "a confusion or blending no student of Leo Strauss' would ever imagine." More broadly, the two acknowledge that the media are dominated by the Left, but they argue that such dominance does not let conservatives off the hook for failure to get their message out. The conservative establishment that we have counted on until now needs to do more, and better, if conservatism is to thrive in the future.

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Heritage's New President Faces a Challenge

December 19, 2017  •  The Atlantic

As Kay Coles James prepares to begin her tenure as head of the Heritage Foundation, she faces an immediate opportunity—and challenge. She inherits a storied American institution, which currently holds the title of—to quote the former and interim Heritage president Ed Feulner—"Donald Trump's favorite think tank." This privileged status brings with it significant advantages in terms of PR and access, but it also carries danger should the administration and the think tank diverge from one another. This is the delicate task that lies ahead of James—striking a balance between influence and independence in the work that Heritage will do.

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review of Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

December 14, 2017  •  Commentary

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was the best-known American historian of the 20th century. The irony is that he is remembered more for his forays into politics than his writings, which included two Pulitzer Prize–winning books. He was, and remains, best known for his own Thousand Days, to steal a phrase, as a White House aide in John F. Kennedy's wannabe Camelot.

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In Hurricane Relief, 2 out of 3 Ain't Good

October 2, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

The federal government deserved the rave reviews it earned for its responses to back-to-back hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency worked well with state and local officials and predeployed key resources and personnel. It seemed as though Washington had learned from its failed response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yet as President Trump visits a Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria, cheers for FEMA have turned to boos. What went wrong?

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How Republicans Might Bring About Single-Payer Health Care

October 2017  •  Commentary

The effort to repeal Obamacare came tantalizingly close to fruition. Republicans succeeded in passing a bill in the House, only to fall just a few votes shy on a different bill in the Senate. But had that hurdle in the upper chamber been overcome, a president in the White House was ready with pen in hand to sign almost any negotiated settlement sent to him by the GOP House and Senate. Instead, Obamacare survived. More than survived. It became politically stronger in the course of the debate and its aftermath, and in the wake of the Republican failure, a more radical measure even more pleasing to the left has suddenly been infused with new life.

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