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Is Democracy in the United States Salvageable?

It’s obvious from daily conversation — and well-documented in poll after poll — that Americans have lost faith in U.S. political institutions. Former Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Chapman has written a brilliant book warning that the trend threatens to undermine representative democracy and lead to tyranny. But Chapman, who also served as Washington’s secretary of state, comes at the danger from a different angle than most. The book is Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for all the Others. Read More ›

Book Review: “Politicians” By Bruce Chapman

There may be one or two Americans left in the country who don’t know that we are currently living in an anti-Establishment, anti-professional, anti-politician era. Nationally we have voted someone into the Presidency whose primary claim to high office is that he has never held office. (In my own state, we have had a smaller version of the exact same phenomenon.) In virtually every Congressional and state-level campaign beyond the Presidential elections, we have candidates (including incumbents) engaged in an ever-escalating rhetorical battle to claim the low ground of experience. In Politicians: The Worst Kind of People to Run the Government, Except for all the Others, Bruce K. Chapman argues that this disdain for long-serving public servants has to stop. Keep reading.

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More Than a Think Tank: Discovery Institute Celebrates 25 Years

A note from Discovery Institute President Steven J. Buri

I remember a Seattle Weekly article circa 2000 — around the time that I was hired as Executive Director — that described Discovery Institute as a think tank where people “sit around a big table and think really hard.” Needless to say, the article was neither friendly, nor indicative of the role that think tanks really play in policy development. It missed a bigger point, too. Discovery Institute is more than a think tank. While we still maintain an interest in public policy, we are increasingly a cultural institution — one that examines and challenges the worldview assumptions and cultural influences that drive public policy. If policies and the culture flow like a river, we work at the headwaters. Other think tanks do admirable work in the rivers and tributaries. This unique approach is one that has developed over our twenty-five year history. For those of you who are not familiar, here is a brief retelling of that story.

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Signature in the Cell – Book Release Party

Dr. Stephen Meyer lectures on his book Signature in the Cell in which he argues that the information in DNA and the query of the origin of life points to an intelligent source. The book came out on the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth and and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of On the Origin of Species.

10 Big Lies About America

McNaughton Fellows Lecture by Michael Medved regarding his new book 10 Big Lies About America. He speaks about two things regarding his book: (1) Why he wrote the book. (2) What has surprised him since the book came out. Read More ›

Pres. Bruce Chapman on the Census Change

President of the Discovery Institute, Bruce Chapman, answers two main questions on Fox News regarding the census: what historically has the strategy of the census been and its implications, and why would the Obama administration want to change the format. Listen in to hear his answers. Read More ›