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James Piereson

James Piereson is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, director of the Institute’s Center for the American University, and president and trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation. During 1985–2005, he was executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation. Previously, Piereson served on the political science faculties of Iowa State University, Indiana University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught government and political thought. He serves on the boards of the Pinkerton Foundation, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Center for Individual Rights, Philanthropy Roundtable (where he was chairman, 1995–99), Foundation for Cultural Review (as chairman), American Spectator Foundation, Hoover Institution, and DonorsTrust.

Piereson is chairman of the selection committee for the VERITAS Fund for Higher Education; selection committee member for MI’s annual Hayek Book Prize and for MI’s Simon and Cornuelle Prizes in Social Entrepreneurship; selection committee member for the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in the Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering; member of the grant advisory committee of the Searle Freedom Trust; publications committee member of City Journal and National Affairs; member of the executive advisory committee of the University of Rochester’s Graduate School of Business; board of visitors member of Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy; and advisory council member of Claremont McKenna College’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom.

Piereson is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism (2007), The Inequality Hoax (2014), and Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order (2015); coauthor of Political Tolerance and American Democracy (1982); and editor of The Pursuit of Liberty: Can the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World? (2008). His articles and reviews on higher education and political ideas have appeared in The New Criterion, Commentary, National Interest, American Political Science Review, Public Interest, Journal of Politics, Philanthropy, The American Spectator, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and National Review. Piereson holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.


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Arts and Literature
  • The Rise & Fall of the Intellectual The New Criterion, 09-15-06


  • Barriers to Building
  • Obama's Infrastructure Charade The American Spectator, 06-25-12


  • Business and Economy
  • Is Liberalism Dead? The American Spectator, 02-21-11
  • Let The Sun Shine In On Public Pensions, Benefits Investor's Business Daily, 05-04-11
  • America's Slowdown The American Spectator, 05-09-11
  • The Economy and the Election The Weekly Standard, 07-25-11
  • Hayek's Wisdom, Rediscovered Washington Examiner, 09-29-11
  • The Truth About the 'One Percent' Wall Street Journal, 02-18-14
  • The Redistribution Fallacy Commentary Magazine, 09-01-15


  • Culture and Society
  • Is Conservatism Dead? The New Criterion, 09-01-09
  • Hayek's Wisdom, Rediscovered Washington Examiner, 09-29-11
  • How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK's Death The Daily Beast, 11-12-13
  • The Truth About the 'One Percent' Wall Street Journal, 02-18-14


  • Economic Development
  • The New Deal Metaphor The Weekly Standard, 01-19-09
  • The Economy and the Election The Weekly Standard, 07-25-11


  • Education
  • Sentimental Education The New Criterion, 09-17-08


  • Higher Education
  • Where Columbia Beats Harvard Wall Street Journal, 09-03-10
  • The Problem With Public Policy Schools Washington Post, 12-06-13


  • History
  • No Camelot 2.0 The Weekly Standard, 11-13-10
  • Hayek's Wisdom, Rediscovered Washington Examiner, 09-29-11
  • How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK's Death The Daily Beast, 11-12-13


  • Legal Issues
  • Too Big to Fail, Once More National Review Online, 03-25-09
  • On the Paradox of Success RealClearPolitics, 09-11-06


  • Media
  • Is the New York Times About to be Indicted? The New Criterion, 05-24-06


  • National Politics
  • Conservative Nation The National Interest, 10-20-10
  • The Economy and the Election The Weekly Standard, 07-25-11
  • How Big Government Co-Opted Charities Wall Street Journal, 07-18-13
  • The Problem With Public Policy Schools Washington Post, 12-06-13
  • The Redistribution Fallacy Commentary Magazine, 09-01-15


  • Philanthropy
  • How Big Government Co-Opted Charities Wall Street Journal, 07-18-13


  • Policing


    Politics
  • Willful Misunderstanding The Weekly Standard, 11-23-09
  • It Ain't Over Till It's Over The Weekly Standard, 10-27-08
  • The New Deal Metaphor The Weekly Standard, 01-19-09
  • Facing Capitalism's Greatest Crisis The Weekly Standard, 05-15-08
  • On the Paradox of Success RealClearPolitics, 09-11-06
  • Is the New York Times About to be Indicted? The New Criterion, 05-24-06
  • How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK's Death The Daily Beast, 11-12-13
  • The Truth About the 'One Percent' Wall Street Journal, 02-18-14
  • Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America's Postwar Political Order Book, July 2015
  • The Redistribution Fallacy Commentary Magazine, 09-01-15


  • Public Sector Unions
  • Let The Sun Shine In On Public Pensions, Benefits Investor's Business Daily, 05-04-11


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • Sentimental Education The New Criterion, 09-17-08
  • Where Columbia Beats Harvard Wall Street Journal, 09-03-10


  • Unions
  • Let The Sun Shine In On Public Pensions, Benefits Investor's Business Daily, 05-04-11


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