The death of politics

republican candidates at a debate during the lead up to the 2016 elections

The death of politics

Peter Wehner, William Antholis (moderator)

Thursday, December 05, 2019
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
Event Details


Join longtime Republican insider Peter Wehner at the Miller Center for a discussion about his new book, The Death of Politics: How to Heal a Frayed Republic After Trump

Frustrated and feeling betrayed, Americans have come to loathe politics with disastrous results, Wehner argues. In this timely manifesto, the veteran of three Republican administrations and man of faith offers a reasoned and persuasive argument for restoring “politics” as a worthy calling to a cynical and disillusioned generation of Americans. 

Wehner has long been one of the leading conservative critics of Donald Trump and his effect on the Republican Party. In this impassioned book, he makes clear that unless we overcome the despair that has caused citizens to abandon hope in the primary means for improving our world—the political process—we will not only fall victim to despots but hasten the decline of what has truly made America great. Drawing on history and experience, he reminds us of the hard lessons we have learned about how we rule ourselves—why we have checks and balances, why no one is above the law, why we defend the rights of even those with whom we disagree.


Thursday, December 05, 2019
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Wehner is vice president and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. He has written for numerous other publications—including Time magazine, the Wall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Weekly StandardNational ReviewCommentaryNational Affairs, and Christianity Today. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television.

Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He has also served as an adviser to several presidential campaigns.

Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks). His book The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump (HarperCollins) was published in June 2019.

William Antholis

William Antholis (moderator)

Antholis is director and CEO of the Miller Center. Under Antholis’ leadership since 2015, the Miller Center has focused on its role as the leading research institution that studies the American presidency. The Center has undertaken a series of research projects and public events focusing on the history of the executive branch—and the role of the president in domestic and foreign policy, and in engaging with the American people. These have included the First Year Project, which looked at the nature of presidential transitions and first years in office; the Presidency at a Crossroads research agenda; and the Presidential Ideas Festival (May 21–23, 2019), a three-day gathering at the University of Virginia, exploring various dimensions of the executive branch. From 2004 to 2014, he was managing director at the Brookings Institution. He has also served in government, including at the White House’s National Security Council and National Economic Council, and at the State Department’s policy planning staff and bureau of economic affairs. He has published two books, as well as dozens of articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in politics (1993) and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs (1986).