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Political Thought

Understanding America

The United States’ commitment to the universal truths of human equality and the right to self-government—as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence—requires a vigilant defense of the cause of liberty, both at home and abroad. Read More.

We Still Hold These Truths

"We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future," written by Heritage's Matthew Spalding, offers a bracingly fresh analysis of how and why we have lost our bearings as a nation. Read More.

Understanding our political heritage is a vital part of building a stronger America for the next generation. The principles of America’s Founders must be restored to their proper role in the public and political discourse, influencing public policy and reforming government to reflect constitutional limits.

Introduction to the Research


Experts on Political Thought

  • David Azerrad, Ph.D. img David Azerrad, Ph.D.

    Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow

  • Lee Edwards, Ph.D. img Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics