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We are excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to fund establishing and sustaining The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse.

It is impossible to overestimate the need for an Institute devoted to improving the American dialogue. Such improvement is the result of having better ideas, better ability to express those ideas, and better manners.

While this kind of institute is in part, like a university, essentially a collection of ideas, that collection needs a place to reside. The Buckley School Foundation will establish a unique venue for exploring and expanding the uniquely American dialogue. Through the Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse, the Foundation will host seminars and colloquia in a setting conducive to reflection, thought and communication.

The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse will become a national center of civil discourse.

Click the button below to see how you can help to preserve our unique American patrimony ... and extend its influence to future generations.

For decades Congress has routinely enacted complex legislation and has delegated legislative power to executive and independent federal agencies to “fill in the blanks”. While this has been a regular feature of modern government, this trend has accelerated in recent years, particularly with the enactment of massive legislation (such as the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank bill).

Instead of the rule of law, Americans are increasingly subject to the rule of regulation and regulators. Administrators, unelected and unaccountable, are exercising increasingly detailed control over our personal and professional lives. This is a troubling trend for citizens of a democratic republic." 

Note: see the lecture Why Congress Must Confront the Administrative State on the Ruminations page.

Will we awaken to find ourselves trapped in the oubliette of overbearing officiousness? Consigned to constant dissembling from the "circumlocution office"? Will we even awaken?

Resolved: That in a modern state the legislature cannot be expected to enact detailed legislation that covers every minute facet of life but rather should defer that authority to the executive.

Submit your best response - on either side of the resolution - by clicking the button below. No more than 450 words, please.. The best Pro and Con will appear in our blog and each will win a $50 gift card.

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Quote of the Week

"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."

- Socrates (469 B.C.)

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Buckley School for Public Speaking


  • April
    • 16 - Executive Etiquette
    • 17 - Writing to Make your Point
    • 18 - 20 - Executive Seminar
  • May
    • 14 - Executive Etiquette
    • 15 - Writing to Make your Point
    • 16 - 18 - Executive Seminar
  • June
    • 4 - Executive Etiquette
    • 5 - Writing to Make your Point
    • 6 - 8 - Executive Seminar

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

What's New

A new feature makes its debut this month: Ruminations.  A page dedicated to the written works of the members of our board of directors as well as other friends and supporters of the Buckley School Foundation and the Buckley School for Public Speaking.  Check it out!

Also ... remember to join in our efforts to bring civility to discourse - The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse.

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