Donald Devine

Donald Devine is a senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies, the author of America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution and Reagan’s Terrible Swift Sword, and served as Ronald Reagan’s director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during his first term.

The Catholic Priest Abuse Scandal: Getting to the Root Causes


In their  American Spectator open letter to the American bishops, Bob Luddy and editor R. Emmett Tyrrell have correctly called the Catholic priest abuse scandal horrific and demanded that the bishops, priests, and administrators who failed to resolve these crimes in their jurisdictions resign or be fired. Apparently Cardinal McCarrick had been disciplined by Pope Benedict but […]

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Illuminating the Intricacies of Swamp Management


It all seemed to begin innocently enough at the most recent Cabinet meeting when President Donald Trump turned to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for what he called a “little report” about his agency’s ideas on how to fulfill the president’s promise to drain the Washington swamp by restructuring the national […]

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Finding Meaning in a Purposeless Universe


Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker has been labeled one of the world’s most important intellectuals, winning awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the Royal Institution, and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society — and he’s the planet’s leading self-proclaimed atheist. Pinker was so intrigued by BuzzFeed science writer Tom Chivers’ question to those who […]

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Mass Media Outrage Explained


So Donald Trump labeled the Washington Post just “another lobbyist” in the Washington swamp and charged that its owner Jeff Bezos’ other business Amazon had an unfair advantage against other interests because the Post has an influence on policy beyond any lobbyist’s dream. The Post responded on the front page of its mass-circulation must-read for every politician and bureaucrat in the […]

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Understanding Trump and the Fear for U.S. Democracy


Americans are constantly being warned that Donald Trump’s presidency means the end of American democracy — this from not simply obvious partisans but Hollywood and TV, the nation’s top journalists and commentators, the academy, mainstream think tanks, Republican and Democratic politicians and even former presidents of both political parties. To understand this fear requires reaching […]

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A Chinese Social Media Credit System for Us All


Remember when we all thought the World Wide Web would put average folks in charge, with popular uprisings replacing the dictators and hierarchical institutions to make us all free? In her witty new book Australian technology author and TED celebrity Rachel Botsman tells us why it did not work. Who Can You Trust? How Technology […]

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Division and Repair of American Politics


America seems more deeply divided today than at any recent period, not only between political parties but within the parties too. Since the U.S. Civil War, basically one party or another has ruled with large coalitions and little deep disagreement since both parties generally sought a wide consensus and what they enacted as policy had […]

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Abigail’s 16-Year Senate Victory Over FDA Bureaucrats


It was early March 2001 when 21-year-old Abigail Burroughs was told by her oncologist that conventional options for her cancer had been exhausted. The good news was that a new drug Erbitux had a good chance to save her life. The problem was that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved its use. Even […]

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Trump Breaks Bureaucracy Dogma


It has long been conservative orthodoxy that the Federal Government will not implement right of center policies without strong cabinet government, that is with political appointees at the top and placed throughout multiple levels of bureaucracy to manage a resistant career civil service. As Ronald Reagan’s first Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management […]

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Is Trump Really Moving Left?


So President Donald Trump has kissed and made up with Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer and House chief Nancy Pelosi. “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” he said, agreeing to a debt increase and continued spending for two months only, when Republican leaders desperately wanted these delayed until […]

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