Conservative Thought

 Dr. Tom Woods

Author and Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute 

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.

Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed 2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.

Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.

Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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Topics: Conservative Thought Constitution Economics & Capitalism Religious Liberty Role of Government Taxes & Spending


Dr. Paul Kengor

Professor of Political Science at Grove City College


Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, where he is also executive director of the college’s think-tank, the Center for Vision & Values. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is often quoted in major publications, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to the Washington Post, plus foreign publications ranging from the Irish Times to Pravda. His articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum, from the New York Times to USA Today to the Wall Street Journal, and in religious publications ranging from Christianity Today to the National Catholic Register to Jewish World Review. Dr. Kengor has published major articles in top refereed, scholarly-academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

In 2012, he will be releasing two major books. One is the first and only profile of Frank Marshall Davis, mentor to Barack Obama, and a pro-Soviet member of Communist Party USA (card no. 47544), based on declassified FBI files and Soviet and Communist Party USA archives. The second book, for which he is co-editor, is titled, Reagan in a World Transformed, 1989-2012, and will be published by Harvard University Press.

Paul Kengor’s most recent book is Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century (ISI Books, 2010). Based on extensive Soviet archival research, particularly the Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA, the book examines the exploitation of American liberals/progressives by communists beginning in the early 20th century. Among Kengor’s recent books is a major work on Ronald Reagan’s role in undermining the Soviet Union, titled, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism (HarperPerennial), which has been translated into several languages. His other books include The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand (Ignatius) and the best-seller God and Ronald Reagan (HarperCollins), among several others.

The film rights for Kengor’s two books, The Crusader and God and Ronald Reagan, were purchased by MJM Group. The books are the basis for a major Hollywood “bio-pic” on the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan, titled, Reagan: The Movie, scheduled for release in late 2012.

Kengor has appeared on most major television networks and hundreds of radio talk-shows. He does a regular commentary for Moody Broadcasting, American Radio Journal, and EWTN Radio.

Kengor is a frequent public speaker, with venues that include the Ronald Reagan Library, the National Press Club, the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Library, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, the National Presbyterian Church, and numerous colleges, ranging from the University of Virginia to the College of William & Mary.

Kengor has served on the editorial board of Presidential Studies Quarterly, the flagship academic publication on the presidency. He is nationally known for his work on the American presidency. In 2009, he was one of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN’s highly regarded ranking of American presidents, a follow up to C-SPAN’s popular 2000 survey.

Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio). He and his wife, Susan, have six children.

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Topics: American Presidents Communism & Progressivism Conservative Thought Traditional Values


goldberg-jJonah Goldberg

Syndicated Columnist, Author, and Speaker


Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent young conservative journalists on the scene today and one of America’s most widely-read political columnists. Goldberg is a contributing editor to National Review, was the founding editor of National Review Online, and works as a contributor to FOX News. He is also weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and his syndicated column appears regularly in the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Examiner, Miami Herald, Manchester Union Leader and scores of other newspapers. Most recently, he was named a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. He is a member of the Atlantic 50 – the top 50 commentators in America, as well as a frequent panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier.

His first book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Random House/Doubleday) was a #1 New York Times and Amazon bestseller and remains the bestselling – and most controversial – new political book of 2008. “Those who value substance over words… will find in this book a wealth of challenging insights, backed up by thorough research and brilliant analysis,” raved Thomas Sowell. “This is the sort of book that challenges the fundamental assumptions of its time…Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is too rich a book to be summarized in a newspaper column. Get a copy and start rethinking the received notions about who is on ‘the Left’ and who is on ‘the Right.’ It is a book for people who want to think, rather than repeat rhetoric.” Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation, came out in 2010, and The Tyranny of Cliches - How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas was released in May 2012.

Goldberg is currently a member of the Board of Contributors to USA Today. In the past he's served as a media critic for both Brill's Content and The American Enterprise and a Washington Columnist for the Times (of London). He has written about politics and culture for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, Commentary, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Slate, TheStreet.com, New York Post, Women's Quarterly, and Food and Wine. Goldberg is a regular political commentator on CNN and has served as a guest host on Crossfire and as a regular panelist on Wolf Blitzer's Late Edition. Other television appearances include Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Today, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Hannity & Colmes, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Special Report with Brit Hume, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, and numerous other television and radio programs. He was senior producer of the award-winning series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg on PBS.

He has written and produced several PBS documentaries and specials. A popular speaker on college campuses, Goldberg is proof that reading and thinking about political, media and cultural issues can be enlightening and entertaining at the same time. He is the 2001 winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award.

Goldberg grew up in New York City. He is a graduate of Goucher College, where he was one of the first men to attend the formerly all-women's college. After Goucher, he taught English in Czechoslovakia and, later, was a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC where he currently resides. He is married to the author and speechwriter, Jessica Gavora. They have one daughter and one dog, Cosmo - the “it dog of the American Right.”

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Topics: Communism & Progressivism Conservative Thought Education Media


Michael Reagan

Son of President Reagan, Political Commentator, and Speaker


Michael Reagan is the eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most dynamic and sought after public speakers in the public arena today. His commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed are second to none, making him the natural heir to the Reagan conservative legacy.

Michael spent nearly two decades as a conservative radio talk show host, heard across the country daily on a show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. He left this position to travel the country in order to champion President Reagan's values and principals in the public policy forum and through candidates who embody his father's legacy.

In his work to further the inspirational legacy of his father, Michael also serves as chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation, which seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. Among the charitable activities the Foundation supports are: offering scholarships for the sailors, marines and airmen serving aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and their family members; supporting programs for children in need of adoption and those in the foster care system; educating Americans about Alzheimer's disease and searching for a cure.

Michael has also appeared for years on network television as a commentator and guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and has been a frequent Fox News Contributor.

On the philanthropic side, Michael is actively involved in charities and public service entities across the United States, including: The John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation (Current Chair), The Young America’s Foundation, The Santa Barbara Navy League/USS Ronald Reagan Crew Enhancement Program, The Arrow Project for Neglected and Abused Children, and the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Foundation’s Advisory board. In addition, Michael was honored in 2006 as an electee to the board of trustees of Eureka College, President Reagan’s Alma Mater.

Michael has always been a pioneer; he is a man who has done everything from debating Mikhail Gorbachev to setting world records in powerboat racing. His racing raised more than $1.5 million for charities like the United States Olympic Team, Cystic Fibrosis, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund, as a result of which he was given the “Victory Award” for outstanding sports and humanitarian achievement.

Besides his weekly column, read nationwide in more than 300 newspapers, Mike has authored many successful books including his best-selling autobiography, On the Outside Looking In; The Common Sense of An Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan; Twice Adopted; and Mike’s latest, The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness.

Mike and his wife, Colleen, have two children and reside in Toluca Lake, California.

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Topics: American Presidents Conservative Thought Economics & Capitalism


Phil Valentine 

Host, The Phil Valentine Show

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Phil Valentine Show, which is heard in about 100 markets across the United States. He has been named by Talkers Magazine as one of the Heavy Hundred: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America and is listed by Talkers as one of the top 100 talk show hosts of all time.  He is the author of several books including The Conservative's Handbook, Tax Revolt and Right from the Heart.  

His film, An Inconsistent Truth, is winner of three film festival awards including Best Documentary at the Nevada Film Festival and the Excellence in Filmmaking award from the Anthem Film Festival.  An Inconsistent Truth is the 20th top grossing nature documentary of all time at the box office.  It grossed more than notable films GaslandFuel and Cool It.

Valentine's talk show in his home market is the most listened to talk show in Nashville, routinely garnering twice the listeners of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  His show is the recipient of 18 AIR Awards and three prestigious New York Festivals awards including the Gold World Medal for Best Talk Show.

Cost: $2,000 plus travel expenses & lodging

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Topics: Conservative Thought Constitution Economics & Capitalism Energy and the Environment Liberty Taxes & Spending