In a September 2015 interview, political scientist Charles Murray stated,
The American project, as originally defined, is dead.In an artcle called Constitutional Conservatism: Its Meaning and Its Future, Samuel Gregg responded with this comment.
One need not accept that stark claim to recognize that impeding (let alone reversing) America’s continuing drift toward an ever-expanding administrative state, rampant crony capitalism, shrinking protections for religious liberty, and a public discourse dominated by sentimental humanitarianism, populist demagoguery, and even socialist rhetoric is not, to put it mildly, going to be simple.The intensity of debate about the presidential campaign shows that commitment to the Administrative State is alive and well.
Charles Murray explained with the following comment.
The American project consists of the continuing effort, begun with the founding, to demonstrate that humans can be left free as individuals and families to live their lives as they see fit, coming together voluntarily to solve their join t problems This culture was so widely shared among Americans that it amounted to a civil religion. That culture is unraveling (Coming Apart, p.12).It seems to have been replaced by a culture of a militaristic and administrative state.