Published on: October 22nd, 2020

CSPAN Book TV Airs Interview with Hillsdale Scholars Michael Anton & Dr. Matthew Spalding

Interview discusses Michael Anton’s new bestselling book, The Stakes

Due to widespread acclaim of Hillsdale College scholar Michael Anton’s new book, The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return, CSPAN’s Book TV recently aired an interview between Mr. Anton and Dr. Matthew Spalding, Vice President for Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government.

Mr. Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College’s campus in Washington, D.C.  He previously served in national security positions in the Trump and Bush (43) administrations, as well as in the administrations of California Governor Pete Wilson and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In his new book, Anton believes that America is at the point of no return and that the 2020 election is the most important one America has faced in more than a century.

In the interview, he believes America is divided as almost never before—with contesting political factions regarding themselves not as rivals but as enemies.  He claims the Democrat Party has become the party of “identity politics”—and every one of those identities is defined against a unifying national heritage of patriotism, pride in America’s past, and hope for a shared future.

He believes that against the Democrats are a divided Republican Party. Gravely misunderstanding the opposition, old-style Republicans still seek bipartisanship and accommodation, wrongly assuming that Democrats care about playing by the tiresome old rules laid down in the Constitution and other fundamental charters of American liberty.

The new core of the Republican Party is the populists and nationalists, who are tired of losing. The party’s only hope of victory, they are all that stand between the United States as we have traditionally understood it and a revolution—less dramatic in appearance but just as consequential as the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

You can watch the full discussion on CSPAN, where it has aired multiple times.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit