About Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation's B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. A leading historian of American conservatism, Edwards is the author or editor of 20 books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the movement as a whole.

Remembering the Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan

By |2016-03-14T12:30:23-05:00February 6th, 2016|Categories: Democracy, Featured, History, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

As he personally drafted his first inaugural address on a yellow legal pad, President-elect Ronald Reagan set as a primary goal restoring America to its former greatness. Reagan saw that America had lost faith in itself, as a result of the Carter years, the Watergate scandal, President Nixon’s forced resignation, and the loss of the [...]

Saving Conservatism: Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind”

By |2015-03-26T18:05:07-05:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, Liberalism, Progressivism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

In the early 1950s, intellectuals on both the Right and the Left who were at odds about almost everything, agreed on one thing: Conservatism as a defined philosophy and movement scarcely existed in America. Respected intellectuals on the Left such as Lionel Trilling argued that modern “liberalism is not only the dominant but even the [...]

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