The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

By |2020-05-17T09:43:47-05:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Timeless Essays|

Alexander Hamilton’s political theory grapples with the enduring questions of political order, and it marks the great achievement of American constitutionalism in its understanding that civilization depends on a realistic understanding of the human condition. Few would dispute that Alexander Hamilton influenced the development of American economic and political institutions and public policies in [...]

Constitutional Drift and the Challenge of Self-Governance

By |2020-08-31T01:04:07-05:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Constitution, Featured, Federalism|

The rise of the bureaucratic-managerial state was a de facto constitutional revision, although the Constitution was never formally amended to reflect the changing nature of American governance. The result of this "constitutional drift" was a Machiavellian illusion covering the gap between political form and political substance. There is no such thing as a finished constitution. [...]

Was Alexander Hamilton a Great Man?

By |2020-07-10T14:58:18-05:00July 12th, 2015|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Books, Featured, Forrest McDonald|

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. 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 [...]

The Foreign Policy of George Washington

By |2020-09-25T00:47:03-05:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Featured, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson|

The total absence of a distinct executive branch under the Articles of Confederation produced a government severely handicapped in the day-to-day management of its affairs. It was the founding generation’s own experience that persuaded it that instilling “energy in the executive” was critical to any constitutional design that aimed to promote sound government. The [...]

Alexander Hamilton: Conservative Statesman?

By |2016-11-28T18:47:27-06:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Books, Featured, George W. Carey, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, Michael P. Federici, The John Hopkins University Press, 291 pages Toward the end of his work, Michael Federici writes, “It is rare to find books or articles on Alexander Hamilton that do not in some way make comparisons between him and Thomas Jefferson.” This is understandable given that [...]

Alexander Hamilton: Neither Demon nor Demigod

By |2017-02-26T22:19:11-06:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Politics|

One of the more bizarre orthodoxies quickly emerging among an entire generation of young conservatives and libertarians over the past decade or so is that Alexander Hamilton represents the beginning of the end of republican liberty in America. Amazingly enough, for a whole set of folks in their early to late twenties, the demonization [...]

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 [...]

The Evil Empire and Ronald Reagan

By |2020-03-06T14:08:36-06:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Ronald Reagan|

On March 8, 1983, Ronald Reagan delivered a speech that shocked many, amused some, and inspired more. Attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, Reagan decided to address the topic of sin and evil in the modern world. Drawing significantly upon C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, Reagan offered [...]

The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

By |2020-01-07T11:42:01-06:00July 12th, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Books|Tags: |

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 the development of American political thought, however, is not as clear. Because he was a practical statesman who often disparaged theory and because he did not produce a work [...]

The Rhetoric of Alexander Hamilton

By |2020-01-07T11:41:56-06:00June 1st, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Forrest McDonald|Tags: |

The political rhetoric of the Founders of the American Republic has received scant attention from scholars. The relative neglect is understandable. On the one hand, the very concept of rhetoric has, in modern times, all but lost its classical signification, and has come to mean empty verbosity or ornament. On the other, the political [...]

Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton?

By |2016-10-17T11:05:42-05:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Thomas Jefferson|

Friends, you must have either Jefferson or Hamilton. All the fundamental conflicts in our history were adumbrated during the first decade of the General Government in the contest symbolized by these two men. Hamilton lost in the short run, but triumphed in the long run. He would find much that is agreeable in the present American [...]

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