Greg Weiner

Greg Weiner

About Greg Weiner

Gregory Weiner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Assumption College and the author of Madison’s Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics and American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-09-08T23:16:39-05:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Populism, Presidency, Timeless Essays|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

Conservatism and Our Constitutional Inheritance

By |2019-07-18T15:53:31-05:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Congress, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Populism, Presidency|

The constitutional inheritance is not merely a gift to be expended or consumed; it is a responsibility to be stewarded. This sense of intergenerational obligation—debts to the past and future—is the most solid and powerful grounding for originalism and respect for constitutional form… The essential question confronting American conservatism is what, precisely, it aspires to [...]

The Imaginative Politics of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

By |2016-02-10T20:11:22-05:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Edmund Burke, Featured, Government, History, Politics|

That contemporary politics leaves little room for so broad and imaginative an account of politics as Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s is evidence of what he, following his friend the sociologist Daniel Bell, called the “exhaustion of political ideas.”[1] It also explains why he defies labels, which is to say why our contemporary labels—as narrow as [...]

American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

By |2016-02-05T11:39:09-05:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: Edmund Burke, Featured, History, Politics|

Introduction: And You Still Break Stone Jimmy Carter may have had the nation right, but if he meant to include Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in his diagnosis of malaise in the much derided “Crisis of Confidence” address of July 15, 1979, he got the gentleman from New York dead wrong. Touched by experience with a [...]

Madison’s Metronome: The Sovereign Physician of Our Passions

By |2015-11-29T09:47:05-05:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Books, Constitution, Featured, James Madison, Timeless Essays|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join us as we look at an excerpt from Greg Weiner's Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) Twelve-year-olds do not read Michel de Montaigne anymore, much less take notes. James Madison did [...]

Prudence as Excellence: Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of Greatness

By |2017-10-12T10:08:28-05:00April 1st, 2013|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Edmund Burke|Tags: |

Edmund Burke Our conference is subtitled “equality and the survival of heroism.”  My concern is the survival of prudence amid the longing for heroism—in particular, the misalignment between ambition and circumstance, the persistent pursuit of legacy, especially by presidents.  We live in a democratic age.  Whence greatness if it is also an [...]

Presidential Power and the War on Terror: Whence Congress?

By |2014-01-28T20:30:42-05:00February 16th, 2013|Categories: Politics, Terrorism, War|Tags: |

Sunday’s New York Times carries a less than astonishing report, following the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s hearings on John O. Brennan’s nomination to be Director of Central Intelligence, that President Obama’s terrorism policies have turned out to be remarkably similar to his predecessor’s. “Obama’s Turn,” the headline runs, “in Bush’s Bind.” Bind? The [...]

Madison’s Metronome: The Sovereign Physician of Our Passions

By |2016-08-23T00:31:18-05:00September 19th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Constitution, Featured, James Madison|Tags: |

An excerpt from Madison’s Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics. Twelve-year-olds do not read Michel de Montaigne anymore, much less take notes. James Madison did both, and a circa 1763 entry in his childhood commonplace book indicates that one of the French essayist’s observations made a particular impression: “Time,” Montaigne [...]

The War on Terror and the Quest for Community

By |2014-01-16T22:24:46-05:00September 2nd, 2012|Categories: Community, Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Robert Nisbet, War|Tags: |

There will be ample disputation at this week’s and next’s presidential nominating conventions, but one point is virtually sure to unite them: a rhetorical commitment to the “War on Terror” and, particularly, to the troops fighting it. Already, Paul Ryan has offered up the obligatory salute to the troops who have “defended our freedom”—which [...]