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Thomas Koenig

Thomas Koenig

Thomas Koenig, a contributing editor of American Purpose, is a graduate of Princeton University and a student at Harvard Law School. In addition to American Purpose, his writings have appeared in National Review, CNN, The Dispatch, Real Clear Politics, and The Bulwark. He’s also the author of the “Tom’s Takes” newsletter on Substack. Twitter: @thomaskoenig98

Articles and Events

Slavery, Civil War, and the Constitution

Slavery, Civil War, and the Constitution

Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman asks in a recent book whether Lincoln broke the Constitution en route to saving the Union.

Thomas Koenig
Constitutional Laboratories
Books

Constitutional Laboratories

In his new book, Jeffrey Sutton shows Uncle Sam could learn a thing or two from the states in how they divide and check government power.

Thomas Koenig
The Court’s Delicate Dance
Books

The Court’s Delicate Dance

Justice Stephen Breyer’s book is dedicated to upholding the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. An expansive notion of justice undermines the cause.

Thomas Koenig
The Fundamentalist
Books

The Fundamentalist

In Minds Wide Shut, Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro dissect the strands of today’s doctrinaire thinking.

Thomas Koenig
Covenant, Crucible, Creed
Books

Covenant, Crucible, Creed

Do we have to abandon the idea of a national narrative, as Samuel Goldman urges? Or can our incomplete, imperfect canon see us through?

Thomas Koenig
The Woke Pot and the MAGA Kettle

The Woke Pot and the MAGA Kettle

The two political extremes parallel each other to the same dead end.

Thomas Koenig
Another Age of Acrimony
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Another Age of Acrimony

A new book reveals we’ve been through tribalism akin to today’s before—and succeeded in pulling out of it.

Thomas Koenig
Putting the Responsible “Self” Back in Self-Government

Putting the Responsible “Self” Back in Self-Government

We can’t leave our virtues at the door.

Thomas Koenig