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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in to a conversation between Heartland President Joe Bast, and scholars Angelo Codevilla and Donald J. Devine Ph.D. Codevilla and Devine were both featured speakers at the Heartland Institute’s 31st anniversary benefit dinner. In this conversation, they speak with Bast about their latest books and how the ruling class is distorting the way America was intended to operate.
[Listen to Part 1 in the player above, and Part 2 at this link.]
Angelo Codevilla is professor emeritus at Boston University, where he was professor of international relations from 1995 to 2008. He served as a naval officer and as a US Foreign Service officer. Between 1977 and 1985 he was on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was instrumental in developing programs for missile defense (the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI), and served on President Reagan’s transition teams for the State Department and the Intelligence community. He was a senior research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and is the author of thirteen books.
His latest book is titled The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. It details how a group of powerful political elites, educated in ivy-league schools, control and manipulate the country.
Donald J. Devine is an American political scientist, author, and former government official. He was famously described by The Washington Post as Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service” when he served as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during President Reagan’s first term. Before and after his government service, Devine was an academic, teaching 14 years as associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and serving for a decade as a professor of Western Civilization at Bellevue University. He is currently senior scholar for The Fund for American Studies, an adjunct scholar at The Heritage Foundation, and a Trustee of the Philadelphia Society.
Devine’s latest book is titled America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution. In this book, Devine explains that American ideals can be reclaimed using a “fusion” of libertarian thought.