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Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Underrated Presidentby Charles C Johnson
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Imagine a country in which strikes by public-sector unions occupied the public square; where foreign policy wandered aimlessly as America disentangled itself from wars abroad and a potential civil war on its southern border; where racial and ethnic groups jostled for political influence; where a war on illicit substances led to violence in its cities; where technology was dramatically changing how mankind communicated and moved about—and where the educated harbored increasing contempt for the philosophic underpinnings of our republic.
That country, the America of the 1920s, looked a lot like America today. One would think, then, that the President who successfully navigated these challenges, Calvin Coolidge, might be esteemed today. Instead, Coolidges record is little known, the result of efforts by both the left and right to distort his legacy.
Why Coolidge Matters revisits the record of our most underrated president, examining Coolidges views on governance, public sector unions, education, race, immigration, and foreign policy. Most importantly, Why Coolidge Matters explains what lessons Coolidge—the last president to pay down the national debt—can offer the limited government movement in the post-industrial age.
Calvin Coolidge is one of our most underrated presidents. What principles of governance for our own time might we discern from examining his record, writings, and life? Coolidge's thought on topics like public sector unions, education, race, governance, immigration, and foreign policy requires restoration if our constitutional, industrial republic is to be preserved in the modern age.
About the Author
Charles C. Johnson is an independent writer. His work has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times, City Journal, The New Criterion, Reason, Tablet Magazine, and The Claremont Review of Books, and he has been the recipient of both the Robert L. Bartley Fellowship and Eric Breindel Award at the WSJ, the Robert Novak Award at the Philips Foundation, and the Publius Fellowship at the Claremont Institute. He lives in the San Gabriel Valley with his fiancée and is presently writing a political biography of Barack Obama.
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