Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics works to keep alive our Founders’ legacy and to apply our Founding principles to the thorny questions of the day.
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Below is list of the Center’s top publications that have received thousands of views this year.
1. First Principles Essays (in-depth essays written by leading scholars on the most important ideas, statesmen, political movements, and documents in American political thought)
- Tom West and Bill Shambra’s essay on The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics remains the most popular with 667,000 downloads (126,114 so far this year).
- Charles Kesler’s essay on What Separation of Powers Means for Constitutional Governmenthas been downloaded 178,433 times (42,145 so far this year).
- Christopher Burkett’s essay on Remaking the World: Progressivism and American Foreign Policy has been viewed 111,680 times (19,582 so far this year).
- Daniel L. Dreisbach’s essay on The Mythical Wall of Separation: How a Misused Metaphor Changed Church-State Law, Policy, and Discourse has been downloaded 108,000 times (11,762 this year). 35 have more than 10,000 views—including 7 with more than 50,000 views.
- Former CPP Visiting Fellow Peter C. Myers’ essay on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dream has been downloaded 78,400 times (22,941 so far this year).
2. Makers of American Political Thought Essays (shorter essays introducing the general public to those who have shaped American politics, for better or, for worse, from the Founding until today).
- Our most popular essay on Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive Crusader by Jean Yarbrough was downloaded more than 250,000 times (46,876 so far this year).
- Our essay on James Madison: Father of the Constitution by Colleen Sheehan comes in second at 205,000 views (39,422 so far this year). Nine have more than 10,000 views—including two with more than 50,000 views.
- Lee Edwards’ essay on Barry M. Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics has been downloaded more than 65,000 times (including 11,152 so far this year).
3. Special Reports (in-depth analysis of a particular question) Four have more than 10,000 views—including 1 with more than 50,000 views.
- Joseph Postell’s special report on the Administrative State coming in first at 65,000 views (15,755 this year).
- David Azerrad’s report on Income Inequality and the American Dream is the second most popular with 39,137 views (10,278 this year).
Last, but certainly not least, is the online version of the Heritage Guide to the Constitution, which has been visited over 20 million times since we launched it in 2012. This year alone, it has received more than 2.6 million visits.
Thank you for making this possible.
Do topics like these get discussed enough in America today? What was your favorite report?