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Donald Devine
Donald Devine is Senior Scholar at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director during the president's first term in office. A former professor, he is the author of ten books, including his most recent, “The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order”; and is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator.
by | Nov 28, 2022

We normally think of bureaucracies as those dull gray buildings in Washington, D.C., full of career civil servants pursuing the interests of their bureaus and looking forward to retirement, certain that they cannot be fired or disciplined beforehand as long…

by | Oct 28, 2022

“You say the present U.S. regulatory system is broken and that at best the ‘practical’ solutions offered today might make things less bad but not solve the fundamental problems,” an expert said. “Well, what would you propose as a positive…

by | Sep 24, 2022

The top news story in Washington and with big media nationwide is that the multi-billion dollar mis-named Inflation Reduction Act and other policy victories will not only solve inflation but everything from global warming (or is that climate change?) to…

by | Aug 18, 2022

Most of my political friends are proud to tell me that they do not read the Washington Post any longer, ever since its final conversion to aggressive woke journalism. This is a shame since conservatives are in effect cutting themselves off…

by | Jul 30, 2022

The Donald Trump administration’s Schedule F proposal to make it possible to discipline and fire “tens of thousands of federal employees” — and the former president’s recent threat to reestablish it if reelected — shocked political Washington. But the pro-bureaucracy…

by | Jun 25, 2022

A good many years ago after Robert Bork’s opponents had turned his last name into a term for character assassination, I was sitting in an auditorium with Judge Bork at the lectern delivering his classic book-title Slouching Towards Gomorrah speech. Obviously, it…

by | May 21, 2022

After four decades of apparently losing the argument that the 17th-century English philosopher John Locke was religious and not a hedonistic utilitarian, I apparently recently proved my case here in The American Spectator so well that Locke is now being…

by | Apr 26, 2022

Ludwig von Mises’ Yale University Press classic Bureaucracy explains in a relatively few pages the difference between public and private-sector bureaucratic management. The private sector can measure what is going on in large hierarchies of bureaucracy below its CEO simply…

by | Mar 17, 2022

For most Americans the horrific Russian invasion has introduced them to Ukraine for the first time. For me, this happened a half century ago. Ronald Reagan’s 1980 political campaign was seeking to win the support of previously Democratic ethnic groups,…

by | Feb 17, 2022

It all seemed to make sense. Americans were hard workers, but jobs were scarce. So the 1930s Great Depression’s severe unemployment levels seemed the time for the national government to create a New Deal of welfare programs to assist those…

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