The Founders expected America to become a great nation. Perhaps America has in fact been a great nation. Is it still? Can it be in the future? These questions will be considered by looking at some of the broad challenges to American greatness, today and in the future.

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Bill Kristol & Sen. Ben Sasse discuss American culture


William Kristol

William Kristol is editor at large of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Mr. Kristol has served as chief of staff to the Vice President of the United States and to the Secretary of Education. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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