Innocence Lost: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Literature

By |2021-03-02T00:45:37-06:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Great Books, Herman Melville, Liberalism, Literature, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors|

In the wellspring of classic nineteenth-century American literature, a spectacular theme unites our greatest authors. They, in various ways, challenge the naïve optimism of the “American Adam” and American liberalism. They are deeply conservative in their skepticism toward human and civilizational progress and perfection. It is true that the classics, especially Virgil and Cicero, along [...]

Tocqueville and Totalitarian Democracy in America

By |2021-02-24T16:39:22-06:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Civilization, Community, Equality, Freedom|

American democracy has proven to be a success in its representation of interests but a failure in cultivating citizenship; it has protected some civil liberties while allowing others to erode away. One lesson we can draw from its history of successes and failures is this: For a republic to succeed, institutions are not enough; civic [...]

Parties and Presidential Selection

By |2021-02-23T10:52:46-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics, Presidency|

The current presidential selection system is broken. The way to fix it is by returning to strong parties at the national, state, and local levels. The 2004 Senate election and 2008 Presidential election of Barack Obama demonstrate how outside actors can create political momentum to capture a political party. This results in a party that [...]

George Washington and the “Gift of Silence”

By |2021-02-20T21:04:00-06:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, Leadership, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

George Washington, the great actor, was playing his part in a great drama, not just for Americans of his day, but for you and me. Washington, the Stoic, used his “gift of silence” shrewdly, and surely it is his actions more than his words that echo down to us today. In December 2009, a letter [...]

A Quiet Killing

By |2021-02-19T20:06:39-06:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Justice|

For the first time in a very long time, no one is second-guessing the decision by a police officer to use deadly force against an unarmed woman. Why? The storming of the Capitol was criminal and a disgrace. Assaults upon our democratic institutions, whether from the Right or the Left, should never be tolerated. At [...]

Abolish the Electoral College… or Abolish the Popular Vote?

By |2021-02-10T09:24:06-06:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Electoral College, Politics|

Instead of the United States abandoning the Electoral College, state legislatures should take us in exactly the opposite direction. From now on, they should abandon a statewide popular vote for president, and instead either appoint electors directly or implement an Electoral College–type system within each state. […]

The Mixed Constitution in Crisis

By |2021-02-08T16:22:56-06:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Government, Politics|

Our founders were heirs to a great “mixed constitution” tradition—a tradition that insisted on balance and harmony among parts of the state to prevent anarchy and tyranny. Today that balance is threatened by the concentration of power in the same political party in the legislature and the executive, by proposals for radical judicial reform, by [...]

A Civilizational Foreign Policy

By |2021-01-28T23:43:57-06:00January 31st, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Western Civilization|

In “The Abandonment of the West,” Michael Kimmage focuses on the role of the West in America’s approach to the world. Beyond his historical argument, he believes that the idea of the West requires rehabilitation as an underlying motif of American foreign policy, both to resist authoritarianism abroad and to foster greater unity domestically. The [...]

Waiting for a Bull Moose

By |2021-01-29T12:56:51-06:00January 30th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt|

Now, as the architects of a potential realignment scramble to redraw their plans with Donald Trump scratched out, it is not surprising that attempts to revive Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy in the Republican party are abundant. If a Roosevelt-style shakeup really is expected—and it certainly would be welcome—just who would our “Bull Moose” be? With the [...]

Biden’s America: One Nation or Us Versus Them?

By |2021-01-23T13:45:34-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Joseph Biden, Pat Buchanan, Presidency|

Joe Biden's inaugural address was the most confusing, contradictory and incoherent ever delivered from the steps of the Capitol, reflective of the mind of its author and the state of the Union he now leads. "We have met the enemy and he is us," said Walt Kelly's cartoon character Pogo, half a century ago, about [...]

The Arbitrary Interpretation of Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

By |2021-01-21T15:12:58-06:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Politics|

What was the understanding of the American Founding Fathers of the natural rights endowed by the Creator to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Unless one dissects the etymology of such words, unfortunately arbitrariness becomes the decisive factor in interpreting them. “The intellectual nature of the human person,” according to the Vatican II Pastoral [...]

Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-23T13:45:46-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency|

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presented his inaugural address on January 20, 2021 after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris. Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, McConnell, Vice President Pence, my distinguished guests and my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. [...]

With Charity For All: What Joe Biden Should Learn From Abe Lincoln

By |2021-01-23T13:45:36-06:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Republic, Joseph Biden, Presidency|

The new president would do well to take a lesson from history’s greatest orator and remind his increasingly diverse constituents that we all share the same uniquely American principles. Freshly sworn in after a contentious election, the new president stands to give his first inaugural address. Violence had begun to erupt immediately after the announcement [...]

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