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William Voegeli

William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books and author of: Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State (Encounter Books); and The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion (Broadside Books). A visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College's Henry Salvatori Center, his work has appeared in the City Journal, Commentary, the Los Angeles TimesNational ReviewThe Weekly Standard, and other publications. Mr. Voegeli received his Ph.D. in political science from Loyola University in Chicago and was a program officer for the John M. Olin Foundation from 1988 to 2003.

Articles found on this site:
Diversity and Its Discontents
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 1, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 3

Immigration politics after 2016.

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The New Abnormal
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 1, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 2, Spring 2017

Are you now, or have you ever been, a Trump supporter?

 

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You Will Be Made to Understand: Donald Trump and Oppositional Journalism
By: William Voegeli
Posted: March 1, 2017
It may not be too late for journalism to revert to being reportorial instead of oppositional....
 
The Democratic Party’s Identity Crisis
By: William Voegeli
Posted: January 31, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 1, Winter 2016/17

Where do they go to get their majority back? 

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What's Left?
By: William Voegeli
Posted: November 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 4, Fall 2016

The dilemmas and doubts of today's progressivism. 

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Trump and Prudence: A Reply to Decius
By: William Voegeli
Posted: September 19, 2016
Things aren't as dire as Decius suggests....
 
We Can't Stand Welfare, and Can't Stand Welfare Reform
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 22, 2016
20 years after welfare reform, we still don't know what we're doing or what we want....
 
Trump and His Enemies
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 3, Summer 2016

Sometimes, worthy causes have unworthy champions. 

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What's at Stake
By: William Voegeli
Posted: June 24, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016

This is the most important election of my lifetime

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The Subway to Nowhere
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 13, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016

Modern government works fine, apart from its inability to do stuff.

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What's at Stake
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 12, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016

Elections have consequences. 

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Unsafe Spaces
By: William Voegeli
Posted: February 25, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 1, Winter 2015/16

The silencing of the American mind. 

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Hillary's Female Problems
By: William Voegeli
Posted: February 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton's problem with young female voters....
 
The Reason I'm Anti-Anti-Trump
By: William Voegeli
Posted: December 28, 2015
Donald Trump's success in the polls tells us more about what's wrong with the country than about what's wrong with his followers....
 
Beyond Hope? Beyond Change?
By: William Voegeli
Posted: November 12, 2015
This article appeared in: Volume XV, Number 4, Fall 2015

Black and white when Obama is over.

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Refighting the Culture War
By: William Voegeli, Joseph Bottum, Andrew Hartman
Posted: November 5, 2015
The Summer 2015 CRB includes an essay by Senior Editor William Voegeli, “That New-Time Religion.” It discussed two books whose authors have kindly agreed to pursue some of the essay’s questions about the culture wars. Joseph Bottum, author of An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Eth...
 
The Culture Wars
By: William Voegeli, Joseph Bottum, Andrew Hartman
Posted: October 9, 2015
William Voegeli, Joseph Bottum, and Andrew Hartman disucss America's culture wars. ...
 
That New-Time Religion
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 25, 2015
This article appeared in: Volume XV, Number 3, Summer 2015

There are worse things to believe in than nothing.

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Which Side Are You On?
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 29, 2015
This article appeared in: Vol. XV, Number 2, Spring 2015

Liberalism and political correctness.

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A CRB discussion of Reform Conservatism
By: Ramesh Ponnuru, William Voegeli, Peter Wehner
Posted: April 16, 2015
In the Winter 2014/15 CRB, William Voegeli’s essay, “The Newest New Right,” examined the “reform conservative” movement. It paid particular attention to the reform conservative manifesto, Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms For a Limited Government And a Thriving Middle ...
 
The Newest New Right
By: William Voegeli
Posted: March 10, 2015
This article appeared in: Vol. XV, Number 1, Winter 2014/15

The latest prescription for a conservative majority.

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The Six...Oh
By: William Voegeli
Posted: October 31, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 4, Fall 2014
I am one of the 4,017,000 Americans born in 1954, who are in turn among the 39,964,000 born in the 1950s. My impending 60th birthday, in other words, is a drop in the ongoing flood of such anniversaries. The attendant individual assessments are inseparable from collective ones since, as we’ve ...
 
Left, Right, and Human
By: William Voegeli
Posted: October 30, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 4, Fall 2014
Joseph Cropsey's "Conservatism and Liberalism" at 50....
 
Hippie Days are Here Again
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 13, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 3, Summer 2014
The new McGovernites are determined to succeed where the old Obamanauts have failed....
 
The Redskins and Their Offense
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 6, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 2, Spring 2014

How sensitive can we get?

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Poet of the Playing Field
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 7, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 3 - Summer 2013
A review of American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith (The Library of America), by Daniel Okrent
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The Higher Education Hustle
By: William Voegeli
Posted: June 24, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 2 - Spring 2013

Political correctness and the Credentials-Industrial Complex.

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The Same Old Deal
By: William Voegeli
Posted: April 2, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 1 - Winter 2012/13
A review of 
Extremism in Defense of Liberty
By: William Voegeli
Posted: December 12, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 4 - Fall 2012

The Republican party has gone insane. Not whacky-but-basically-harmless, Uncle Joe Biden insane. We're talking remorseless-sociopath insane.

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A CRB discussion of Economic Inequality
By: William Voegeli
Posted: December 12, 2012
In the Summer 2012 issue of the Claremont Review of Books, senior editor William Voegeli reviewed The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis And What We Can Do About It by Timothy Noah, a senior editor of the New Republic. Noah's re...
 
Not Leveling With Us
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 20, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 3 - Summer 2012

A review of The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It, by Timothy Noah andThe Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future, by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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Reclaiming Democratic Capitalism
By: William Voegeli
Posted: June 18, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 2 - Spring 2012

Workers of the world—invest!

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Enough Already
By: William Voegeli
Posted: February 8, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 1 - Winter 2011/12

A welfare state we can live with.

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Diane Ravitch Takes It All Back
By: William Voegeli
Posted: October 18, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 4 - Fall 2011

But she had it right the first time.

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Days of Rage, Years of Lies
By: William Voegeli
Posted: July 12, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 3 - Summer 2011
The radical tip of the liberal spear....
 
The Tao of Jerry
By: William Voegeli
Posted: April 20, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

Mr. Brown goes to Sacramento…again.

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The New Frontier and the Neoconservatives
By: William Voegeli
Posted: February 14, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 4 - Fall 2010

The long twilight strugglIf the owl of Minerva flies at dusk, then those electoral beat-downs offered a promising moment to take stock of neoconservatisme between idealism and pragmatism.

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Paul Ryan's Roadmap
By: William Voegeli
Posted: September 19, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 3 - Summer 2010

The challenges ahead on the road to solvency.

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The Meaning of the Tea Party
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 27, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 2 - Spring 2010

The grassroots are up in arms.

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Nice Work if You Can Get It
By: William Voegeli
Posted: March 3, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 1, Winter - 2009/10

Meditations on how paid employment helps and hinders our efforts to fashion good lives.

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Failed State
By: William Voegeli
Posted: December 17, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 4 - Fall 2009

How the California dream became a nightmare.

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Look Out for the Union Label
By: William Voegeli
Posted: August 19, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 3 - Summer 2009

Liberals rejoin the picket line.

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The Wilderness Years Begin
By: William Voegeli
Posted: June 5, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 2 - Spring 2009

Does conservatism need to reinvent itself?

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The Roots of Liberal Condescension
By: William Voegeli
Posted: March 9, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 1 - Winter 2008/09

Ordinary Americans deserve some respect.

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Reforming Big Government
By: William Voegeli
Posted: October 22, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 4 - Fall 2008

The welfare state can’t go on indefinitely, but it does.

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Conservatism and Civil Rights
By: William Voegeli, James R. Stoner, Jr.
Posted: October 9, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 4 - Fall 2008

Conservatism and Civil Rights; Understanding Clarence Thomas; Chinese Influence; Judicial Supremacy

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Civil Rights and the Conservative Movement
By: William Voegeli
Posted: July 3, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 3 - Summer 2008

What the Right got wrong—and right.

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The Trouble with Limited Government
By: William Voegeli
Posted: November 7, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 4 - Fall 2007

Are we all big-government conservatives now?

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Crisis of the Old Liberal Order
By: William Voegeli
Posted: July 30, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 3 - Summer 2007

The eclipse of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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Oh, What A Tangled Webb
By: William Voegeli
Posted: April 16, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 2 - Spring 2007

Democrats want to love the senator’s problematic populism.

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The Era of Big Ideas is Over
By: William Voegeli
Posted: October 11, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 4 - Fall 2006

Will liberals embrace a future of ad hocery?

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Rebels Without a Clue
By: William Voegeli
Posted: November 2, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 4 - Fall 2005

A review of Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture, by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter

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False Security
By: William Voegeli
Posted: April 26, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 2 - Spring 2005

The cynical idealism behind Social Security.

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The Endless Party
By: William Voegeli
Posted: January 21, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 1 - Winter 2004/05

Liberalism has always been unwilling, and unable, to define itself.

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Gatsby and the Pursuit of Happiness
By: William Voegeli
Posted: December 17, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 1 - Winter 2003/04

Money and morals in the American dream.

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Three Generations of Liberals Are Enough
By: William Voegeli
Posted: May 24, 2001
This article appeared in: Vol. I, Number 3 - Spring 2001

George Packer uses his own family history to try to understand and defend liberalism.

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