Restoring the Sacred

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Amity Shlaes: Why is Calvin Coolidge the Forgotten President?

From YouTube:
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, was a man of few words. He believed in less government, balanced budgets, lower taxes and a climate friendly to business. Unemployment averaged 3.3 per cent during his administration. Yet, in the vortex of the Great Depression and the New Deal policies, which followed, his legacy has been all but forgotten. Conservative writer Amity Shlaes tells Jim Zirin what we can learn from "Silent Cal."
About Amity Shlaes:
Amity Shlaes (/ʃleɪs/; born September 10, 1960) is an American author and newspaper and magazine columnist who writes about politics and economics from a conservative free market perspective. She currently chairs the board of trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. The foundation aims to advance the ideals of President Calvin Coolidge, which the foundation describes as conservative values and devotion to public service.

Shlaes graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English in 1982. She attended the Freie Universitaet Berlin on a DAAD fellowship.

Over the years, she has written for The New Yorker, The American Spectator, Commentary, The Spectator (UK), Foreign Affairs, Forbes, National Review, The New Republic, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit, among others. Her obituary of Milton Friedman appeared in The New York Sun.
Her biography of Calvin Coolidge is available at