William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. Prior to January 2006 he was the Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, co-chaired by former Secretary of Education William Bennett and former Senator Sam Nunn. A participant in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy.
Galston is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale, 2018), Public Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge, 2004). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, Galston was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Galston has appeared on all the principal television networks and is frequently interviewed on NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal.
September 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
2020 elections, durham report, obstruction, pardon power, power politics, rbg, scotus, supreme court
Lawfare’s Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book, After Trump. The group then tackles the Supreme Court and Trump’s threat to election integrity.
September 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
crimes, criminal justice, donald trump, electoral college, middle east, suburbs
Politico’s Tim Alberta joins the BTD panel to talk about changing suburbs, the Middle East breakthrough, Electoral College woes, and perp walking ex-presidents.
September 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
2020, article 2, bill barr, bob woodward, law, lawsuits, military, morality, persuasion, saudi arabia, the atlantic, trump, yascha mounk
On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Yascha Mounk joins the usual cast to discuss Trump and the military, the Woodward tapes, and Attorney General Barr setting a bad new precedent.
September 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
covid-19, decency, donald trump, joe biden, kenosha, partisanship
On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Charlie Sykes joins the usual cast to discuss Biden in Kenosha, Trump and decency, the politicization of COVID-19, and an escape from partisanship.
August 28th, 2020 | 1 hr 5 mins
conventions, dnc, ideas, kenosha, political platforms, politics, rnc
On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Bill Galston, Linda Chavez, and Damon Linker discuss the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the RNC and DNC conventions, and what happens when parties abandon ideas.
August 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
convention, dnc, gop, russia, senate intelligence
On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ Podcast with Mona Charen, Peter Wehner of the NY Times joins the group to consider the DNC (pre-Biden speech), what the Senate Intel report reveals, and the state of the GOP.
August 14th, 2020 | 1 hr 9 mins
2020 elections, conspiracy theories, donald trump, joe biden, kamala harris, marjorie taylor greene, qanon, september 11th, voting by mail
On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Kim Wehle and Jonathan Last join the usual crew to discuss QAnon and the GOP, the Biden/Harris ticket and voting by mail.
August 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 9 mins
axios, beirut, dhs, donald trump, intelligence, jonathan swan, journalism, portland, protests
On this week’s Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes describes his disturbing experience with DHS. The group also discusses the Swan/Trump interview and the lessons of Beirut.
July 31st, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
2020, big tech, congress, covid-19, delaying the election, donald trump, herman cain, joe biden, louie gohmert, mail in voting, veepstakes
On this week's Beg to Differ, A.B. Stoddard joins the usual crew to discuss mail-in voting in the 2020 election, Trump floating delaying it, Louie Gohmert, Herman Cain, and COVID-19, and a discussion about the Veepstakes and Congress skewering Big Tech.
July 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
2020, china, dhs, donald trump, policing, portland, riots
On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Bret Stephens joins the usual crew to address the federal invasion of Portland and other cities, Trump's saber-rattling toward China, and how to punish the GOP for its descent into Trumpism.
July 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
bari weiss, city journal, covid, journalism, manhattan institute, power
On this week's Bulwark podcast Beg to Differ, Sol Stern joins to discuss the strange transformation of City Journal. The group also tackles the Bari Weiss imbroglio and Joe Biden's policy announcements.
July 10th, 2020 | 56 mins 36 secs
cancel culture, debate, deep state, discourse, free speech, immigration, schools, scotus, taxes, usmca
On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, David Frum joins to discuss his new book "Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy.” The group then analyzes cancel culture, the Harper's letter, and Trump's war on immigrants.