Prohibition, Democracy, and the State

By |2021-05-04T16:30:38-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, History, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

Prohibition had cultivated both a growing mistrust and a growing acceptance of state power. It was becoming not only a legal and political mechanism to regulate personal habits and to modify social customs but also a means to impose cultural unity. Whatever dangers it posed to liberty, government regulation was by the 1920s a fact [...]

George Washington: Indispensable Man

By |2021-04-29T16:00:18-05:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Character, George Washington, Timeless Essays|

George Washington was acutely aware that he had become a legend in his time, a true myth, and he recognized that the presidency made possible the institutionalization of the role he had been playing. That is to say, he endowed the presidency with the capacity—and the awesome responsibility—to serve as the symbol of the nation, [...]

Was the Postwar U.S. International Order Truly Liberal?

By |2021-04-26T19:52:25-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, History, Liberal, Politics, World War II|

“The False Promise of Liberal Order” and “Tomorrow, the World” provide a useful two-dose vaccine against the now-viral view that something ambitious must be done to repair and revitalize the fraying liberal international order. Both books counsel against doubling down on a postwar order that was more imperial than liberal. The False Promise of Liberal [...]

A New Homestead Act

By |2021-04-12T14:24:25-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Distributism, Economics|

Land and property ownership are no small matters for a Republic, and we can right the wrongs of the past by empowering American families with land. In the process, we can create a more just society based on distributist and Christian ideas that will strengthen the social fabric of the Republic. “America is really only [...]

Unpacking the Supreme Court?

By |2021-04-22T10:04:23-05:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Politics, Supreme Court, Uncategorized|

Despite controlling neither the sword nor the purse, the Supreme Court has been able to wield considerable power by in effect legislating rather than simply judging. To lessen and perhaps gradually eliminate battles like “Roe v. Wade,” why not reduce the number of Supreme Court justices to five? During the 2020 campaign, which saw the [...]

Violence and Savagery

By |2021-04-08T10:13:28-05:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: 2nd Amendment, American Republic, Mark Malvasi, Senior Contributors|

In the process of taming the wilderness of the New World by violent means, Americans absorbed and bequeathed to future generations some of the savagery that they determined to eliminate. Their purpose was to establish and maintain a civilization, but we have now lost this sense of purpose. Savagery is the product, then, not of [...]

Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment?

By |2021-03-23T11:19:31-05:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Politics|

The lava-like drift toward not just democracy but mass democracy might one day culminate in government by plebiscite. If that’s where American government is headed, we have all the more reason to turn in the opposite direction. And a good first step in that direction would be to repeal the 17th Amendment. Constitutional amendments are [...]

Boston’s Bohemian Tory

By |2021-03-21T23:21:01-05:00March 21st, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Culture, History|

Thomas Gold Appleton was Boston’s Bohemian Tory, the merry wit of the “Athens of America.” He evinced a joyful Tory sensibility that disdained class consciousness, rejected the conception of liberty as the absence of restraint, critiqued fashionable ideas of equality and democracy, and believed the best life was loyalty to people and places. In the [...]

The Meaning, History, & Purpose of the Second Amendment

By |2021-03-16T11:37:16-05:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: 2nd Amendment, American Republic, Constitution|

The right to bear arms protects every other right. Without its preservation, a nation would easily succumb to tyranny. As long as this right is upheld, protected, and exercised lawfully, the torch of liberty may continue to burn. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people [...]

The American Republic & the Long Shadow of Rome

By |2021-03-14T20:36:55-05:00March 14th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Rome, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

The figure of Brutus—the assassin of the tyrant—has cast a long shadow over American history. The American Founders looked to the Roman Empire embodied by Caesar as an example of how their own republic too could be undone by the ambition of one man. “Beware the Ides of March!” Thus the soothsayer warned Emperor Julius [...]

Maoism in America? The Uses of the Capitol Hill Riot

By |2021-04-22T09:27:16-05:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Liberty|

Decades of the practice of Maoism in China have shown that when government opponents are branded as "insurrectionists," and when the powerless masses act only out of fear, civil society won’t survive. This is a trajectory with which we Chinese are all too familiar. From "deplorables" to "enemies of the people"—this is a trajectory with [...]

After Trump’s Trial, What Next for Due Process Under the Democrats?

By |2021-03-09T15:57:39-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Constitution, Presidency, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

According to the Constitution, due process, and everyday legal practice, Donald Trump did not receive a fair trial in the Senate. And beyond that: What did the impeachment trial look like? According to the Supreme Court, “Justice must satisfy the appearance of justice” (Offut v. United States). So, what’s next for the courts under Democratic [...]

Is Equality a Positive Good?

By |2021-03-23T16:31:07-05:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Declaration of Independence, E.B., Equality, Eva Brann, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Fairness is an acknowledgement of just desserts, and therefore implies equality in dealings with similarly entitled partners. So it is indeed equality adjusted to circumstances that I desire. Thus there is an intimation that equality will come into play when justice is administered communally. Regarding the title: 1. The question mark expresses a genuine perplexity [...]

Sharing the President’s (Nuclear) War Powers?

By |2021-03-08T01:46:45-06:00March 7th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Constitution, Joseph Biden, Politics, Presidency|

Suggestions that Congress use Article I Section VIII to restrict the president’s power to engage in war, nuclear or otherwise, are both unconstitutional and imprudent. Last week, 30 Congressional Democrats sent a letter to President Biden asking him to “review the ways in which you can end the sole authority you have to launch a [...]

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