Conservative Failure and the Administrative State with Theo Wold

Join the Anchoring Truths Podcast Team with our friend Theo Wold, the former Solicitor General of Idaho, for a personal account of the origins of the administrative state and the failure of the conservative movement to combat its growth. With key insights derived from his experience working in the Trump Administration, Wold helps illuminate just how many challenges the administrative bureaucracy poses to a future Republican President, as well as the potential path forward. This is an episode you will not want to miss.

Before serving as Idaho’s Solicitor General, Wold served as the Acting-Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice and Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy under President Donald Trump. Before working in the Trump Administration, Wold served as Deputy Chief Counsel to United States Senator Mike Lee on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Theo Wold’s analysis is best fleshed out in his recent essay “A Century of Impotency: Conservative Failure and the Administrative State”, as featured in the Encounter Books and Claremont Institute’s recently published volume Up from Conservativism. We encourage our listeners to read both Wold’s essay and the book in its entirety. The book can be purchased here.

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