Krein isn’t starting from scratch. During the campaign, the most muscular and controversial defense of Trump came from an anonymous author calling himself Publius Decius Mus in a piece titled “The Flight 93 Election,” published in the Claremont Review of Books. He argued that there was actually some intellectual coherence to Trump's views, even "if incompletely and inconsistently" articulated. Trump, he wrote, had taken "the right stances on the right issues -- immigration, trade, and war -- right from the beginning."
From interviews with Martin Gilbert and Leonard Levy, to fights in print between John Wettergreen and his critics or Harry Jaffa and Thomas Pangle, to reviews of books on literature and politics, and essays on political philosophy, there is something for everyone in these old issues of the Institute's flagship publication. From 1981 to 1988, under the guidance of Larry Arnn and Ken Masugi, the Claremont Review of Books was at the forefront of the national debate over the future direction of American culture and politics.
Claremont Review of Books August 11, 2016
I am proud to be here tonight in your distinguished company to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Claremont Review of Books. Here in New York you have two well-known book reviews, one liberal, one very liberal — the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Review of Books, respectively — each modestly named after your city.
Ours is immodestly named after Claremont, a small star in a galaxy far, far away called California. California is in many ways different from the rest of America. In our state, Barack Obama is popular, Jerry Brown is governor (for life, apparently), and Nancy Pelosi was reelected with 80 percent of the vote in her district. As a political dominatrix she is without parallel — and her clients and colleagues apparently crave even more whippings.