Was Alexander Hamilton a Great Man?

By |2018-02-04T21:11:52-05:00February 5th, 2018|

Forrest McDonald’s biography most likely will prove indispensable. What Alexander Hamilton thought, and how he came to think it, is nowhere else so plain as here… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join William Murchison as he examines the evidence behind Forrest McDonald’s claim that Alexander Hamilton [...]

Thomas Jefferson & the American “Provincial” Mind

By |2017-09-17T22:08:42-05:00September 17th, 2017|

The cosmopolitan Jefferson—enlightened, tolerant, humane—is at the same time the best example of the sensitive provincial. And in getting back to the provincial Jefferson, the essential Jefferson, we recover one of the valuable links of our national heritage… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join David Hoeveler as [...]

Luther Martin of Maryland & the Constitutional Convention

By |2019-02-14T13:14:55-05:00September 16th, 2017|

Luther Martin understood human nature with a genius of sheer power, foresight, and brilliance. He believed that there can be no union without subsidiarity because without it, governments run with the cyclical and typical tyrannies of humankind… Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, The Life of Luther Martin, by Bill Kauffman (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008) “Happiness [...]

The Foreign Policy of George Washington

By |2018-02-04T23:30:13-05:00August 20th, 2017|

The war between France and Great Britain was the first major crisis faced by the country under the new Constitution. It was a test that the Washington Administration helped the nation pass with flying colors… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Gary J. Schmitt as he explores [...]

The American and French Revolutions Compared

By |2017-05-11T13:58:08-05:00May 7th, 2017|

Americans turned to the concrete lessons of history and experience to guide them in securing their liberty. The French, on the other hand, deified Reason above not only experience, but also above religion and divine revelation… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Sean Busick as he explores [...]

Jeffersonianism & the Roots of American Conservatism

By |2016-11-04T23:53:57-05:00November 4th, 2016|

What is true conservatism? That question, more than anything else, is the argument raging in the Republican Party today–one side fully represented in the party’s establishment wing, while the other resides in the hearts of true patriots at the grassroots, those who carry the American Revolution’s sacred fire of liberty. Yet most true conservatives [...]

Hip-Hop Hamilton

By |2016-09-02T11:21:26-05:00July 27th, 2016|

The musical Hamilton is star-spangled patriotic and worthy of attention, even though hip-hop may not be the favorite musical genre of most Imaginative Conservatives. Why? Intelligence finds the answer to a question, but genius answers a question no one else has thought to ask. The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt across three centuries to [...]

The Remedy for the Instability of Republican Government

By |2019-02-25T13:38:55-05:00July 11th, 2016|

Editor's Note: Alexander Hamilton delivered the following speech in support of the Constitution to the New York Ratifying Convention on June 24, 1788. I am persuaded, Mr. Chairman, that I in my turn shall be indulged in addressing the committee. We all, in equal sincerity, profess to be anxious for the establishment of a republican [...]

What Is the Promise of the Free Enterprise System?

By |2017-02-01T14:44:24-05:00June 27th, 2016|

The Free Enterprise System is dynamic. It is disruptive, yet also full of opportunities in its competitive nature. It requires hard work and virtue in order for it to be possible. If capitalism is to rise above cronyism, a proper understanding must not only be cultivated but also promoted. Dr. David Azerrad offers us such [...]

History on Proper Principles: The Legacy of Forrest McDonald

By |2019-01-03T15:48:36-05:00January 28th, 2016|

Forrest McDonald did not set out to be a historian. Had he been able to hit a curveball, he would likely have been a professional baseball player. “I believed, and believe to this day,” McDonald wrote in 2004, “that as an outfielder I was of major league caliber.”[1] Born in Orange, Texas, on January [...]

The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

By |2018-09-20T10:58:12-05:00January 11th, 2016|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the legacy of Alexander Hamilton’s contributions to American political thought. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Few would dispute that Alexander Hamilton influenced the development of American economic and political institutions and public policies in the early republic. His place in [...]

Constitutional Drift & the Challenge of Self-Governance

By |2016-01-07T09:39:08-05:00December 16th, 2015|

There is no such thing as a finished constitution. As a foundational feature of political organization, constitutions are constantly being renewed or altered, but rarely are they static, and never for long. In the course of arguing for the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 1 famously wrote, [...]

Was Alexander Hamilton a Great Man?

By |2015-08-06T16:41:53-05:00July 12th, 2015|

Alexander Hamilton: A Biography, by Forrest McDonald (New York: W. W. Norton & Co.) That Alexander Hamilton was among the most luminous and creative of the Founding Fathers every schoolboy has at least an inkling. That he was the only Founding Father who really mattered—the only one who knew what was really good for America—is [...]