Richard J. Bishirjian

About Richard J. Bishirjian

Richard J. Bishirjian was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000-2016. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas, and New York. He is the editor of A Public Philosophy Reader and The Conservative Rebellion and author of The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education. Dr. Bishirjian’s essays have been published in The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics, Anamnesis, Chronicles of Culture, and the American Spectator.

Amity Shlaes on the Failure of The Great Society

By |2020-08-26T16:29:52-05:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Economics, Government, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

During LBJ’s presidency, a war was waged, as Amity Shlaes demonstrates in “Great Society,” by the federal government against the rest of the nation. This tragic story of government growth sowed seeds of division in America which suggests that, as long as federal power dominates civil society, Americans will live in a “tribalized” nation.  Great [...]

Why America Is in Decline… and What to Do About It

By |2019-12-15T20:40:41-06:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Community, Education, Journalism, Western Civilization|

A nation-state as old, and as large in territory, as the United States will experience in its old-age problems we associate with the elderly: loss of memory, preference for the past, reliance on creaky institutions that no longer work, limited income, and questions about the future. Our Constitution has logged 230 years since it was [...]

The Myth of “Coequal” Branches of the Federal Government

By |2019-10-22T22:17:54-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Government, History|

The popular myth, retold almost daily by members of Congress, that the Constitution established three separate, but equal branches, of government has no basis in fact. The true intent of the Framers was for the Congress to be supreme because it is the nature of representative government that the most representative branch should be most powerful. [...]

The Decline of Religious Colleges and Universities

By |2019-06-24T10:42:57-05:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Classical Education, Education, Liberal Learning|

Today, there are only a handful of religious colleges and universities that stand fast against the cultural decline and moral laxity that shapes American society. In the year 2000, I founded a for-profit Internet university and recruited scholars rooted in traditional scholarship to join what I described as “Conservative.” From the invasion of Europe by [...]

The School for Scandal: A Parents’ Guide to Colleges in a Corrupt Era

By |2019-07-10T23:15:15-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Education|

The recent scandal concerning parents who paid to bribe school officials to admit their children into college tells me that most parents know nothing about higher education in America. Here’s the straight skinny! “Education” is a way to understanding Western culture and languages, and the history, culture, and languages of other cultures. There are many [...]

The Coming Decline of Fox News

By |2019-03-17T14:45:32-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Journalism, Republicans|

Rupert Murdoch In August of last year, I published my observations under the header “FoxNews Moving Leftward” about what we can now call the “maturing” of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.[1] Even earlier, on January 27, 2017, I observed that “the octogenarian Rupert Murdoch and sons, Lachlan and James, have achieved a balance of authority [...]

Allan Bloom’s Six Ways That Universities Corrupt the Youth

By |2018-11-02T09:22:01-05:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Education, History, Social Order|

In the late 1960s, revolutionary protests were directed at the conduct of the war in Vietnam and in advocacy of a "Civil Rights" movement. Leftist activists, assessing how best to capitalize on this unrest, concluded that revolution in the United States would not arise from America's working class and began to focus on American colleges [...]

The Left’s Attack on For-Profit Education

By |2019-03-26T15:37:05-05:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Donald Trump, Education, Politics|

By utilizing new technologies, it is now possible to reduce the cost of disseminating degree programs from current high levels that drive parents and college students into extreme indebtedness… On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, The New York Times published a negative report on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The report, titled “Education Department Unwinds Unit [...]

Advice for Those With a Bad Boss: My Experience in the Reagan Administration

By |2018-03-13T21:51:52-05:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Government, Leadership, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

A key to Ronald Reagan’s personality was the devastating experience of being a child of an alcoholic parent. That experience burned into him patterns of behavior common to children of alcoholics—dislike and avoidance of controversy, fear of confrontation and, for many children of alcoholics, an obsession with order… “Chaos” in the Trump White House has [...]

Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, & American Conservatism

By |2019-12-26T16:57:32-06:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Books, Conservatism, Constitution, Federalist, Leo Strauss, Patriotism, Russell Kirk|

Historical context, for members of the Straussian school, is “historicism,” a form of moral relativism that believes that there are no fixed truths, only ideas appropriate for their historical moment… Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments That Redefined American Conservatism by Steven Hayward (263 pages, Encounter Books, 2016) Dr. Steven Hayward [...]

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