In his forthcoming The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, renowned journalist Jonathan Rauch delves into the threat to our shared reality. He analyzes how society develops standards of truth and knowledge, the causes of the modern breakdown, and how we can reinvigorate the constitution of knowledge, as important as the U.S. Constitution. Please join CEI for a discussion of how to defend standards of truth and affirm our shared reality with author Jonathan Rauch, in conversation with Kent Lassman.

According to Rauch, “both constitutions set up norms and institutions which define liberal communities; both foster unequaled freedom, well-being, and social peace; both use checks and balances to channel ambition and force compromise; both impose burdensome responsibilities as well as protecting rights; both limit the sway of demagogues, extremists, and opportunists; and both, as a result, are constant targets of evasion and attack.”

“Long one of the country’s wisest and most honest voices, Jonathan Rauch has written a hugely valuable and necessary book, an illuminating exploration of the flight from fact. If, as the Gospel of John put it, the truth shall set us free, then count Rauch among the liberators.” – Jon Meacham

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


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The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth

Jonathan Rauchis a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of eight books, including, most recently, The Constitution of Knowledge, as well as the oft-cited Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought and Demosclerosis: The Silent Killer of American Government. He is the recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Kent Lassman hosts and moderates the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Online Event series. His day job as CEI president and CEO involves managing the organization’s operations and overseeing strategy for policy, communications, and development. Since CEI’s Online Events series began in early 2020, Lassman has interviewed policy makers and leading thinkers, including Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), then-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Review’s Kevin Williamson, and Harvard’s Cass Sunstein.

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