About Mark DeForrest

Mark DeForrest lives in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches legal research & writing at Gonzaga University School of Law. A lifelong resident of Washington State, he grew up on a small farm north of Seattle before heading to eastern Washington to attend law school.

Can Catholicism and Libertarianism Co-Exist?

By |2014-07-06T14:32:28-05:00July 6th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Culture, Libertarianism|Tags: |

Dialogue or Dissent? For those who pay attention to such things, for the last couple of weeks there has been quite some consternation on the internet regarding the compatibility of Catholic social doctrine with libertarianism. Cued by Pope Francis and his pivot to emphasizing issues of poverty and economic marginalization, voices within the Catholic Church [...]

What State Constitutions Tell Us About Rights

By |2019-07-30T15:56:26-05:00March 1st, 2014|Categories: Constitution, Rights|Tags: |

State constitutions say quite a bit about the foundations of American rights. Oftentimes when thinking of rights and duties it is the United States Constitution that comes to mind. But state constitutions deal with the rights of the people as well, and in many ways are a much better gauge of how the American constitutional [...]

Mel Bradford, Religion, and Original Intentions

By |2015-12-19T11:36:46-06:00February 20th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, M. E. Bradford, Religion|Tags: |

The late Mel Bradford (d. 1993) was one of the leading paleo-conservative scholars of the South, teaching at the University of Dallas until his unexpected death due to complications from surgery. Bradford’s scholarly work was primarily in the field of Southern literature (his writings on Faulkner received particular attention), although he branched out from literary [...]

Alexander Hamilton: An Unorthodox Conservative Mind

By |2019-07-09T09:41:54-05:00February 14th, 2014|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism|

Alexander Hamilton is a controversial figure on the modern Right. Conservatives of a more libertarian vent tend to view Hamilton with suspicion if not outright hostility, viewing him as the American Founder most responsible for popularizing an expansive approach to the Constitution that would eventually lead to the increasing power of the federal government over [...]

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