JOHN MARINI is the preeminent scholar on the theory and practice of the administrative state, and principle exponent of the idea that the administrative state in violating the separation of powers and conferring law-making authority on the unelected bureaucracy and judiciary represents the radical overturning of the Constitution and repudiation of our Founding principles. Mr. Marini is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in Government at the Claremont Graduate University. Professor Marini has also taught at Ohio University and the University of Dallas. During the Reagan Administration, he served as a Special Assistant to the then-Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Justice Clarence Thomas. Professor Marini was Justice Thomas’s self-described first mentor on the American Constitution. He is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute in California, and has been a member of the Nevada Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In addition to his pioneering work on the administrative state, Professor Marini is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles on politics, political theory, and film, especially the films of John Ford. He is also the author or editor of several books, which include: The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science: Transforming the American Regime; The Imperial Congress: Crisis in the Separation of Powers; The Politics of Budget Control: Congress, the Presidency, and the Growth of the Administrative State; and The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration. He was awarded the Claremont Institute’s Henry Salvatori Prize in the American Founding in 2011. In 2013, he served as the Distinguished Resident Fellow at the Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies in Washington, DC.
The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency shocked the political establishment, triggering a wave of hysteria among the bicoastal elite that may yet never subside. The biggest shockwaves of all however were felt not in the progressive parishes of Manhattan or San Francisco, but in the halls of the political elite’s cherished and oft-overlooked center of power: Washington, D.C.’s sprawling “administrative state.”