Cleaning Up the Immigration Mess in 4 Simple (But Not Easy) Steps

By |2020-03-22T17:53:18-05:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Citizenship, Conservatism, Immigration, Politics|

All Americans would probably agree that the current immigration situation is a mess. The proof of this is that no one can discuss the issue without having to defend something awful. Immigration hawks must argue for separating families and deporting people who contribute to the economy while immigration supporters have to account for the “bad [...]

Recovering Our Legacy: The Many Uses of the American Past

By |2021-05-05T13:16:44-05:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, Citizenship, Civilization, Conservatism, History, St. John's College, Western Civilization, Wilfred McClay|

“Citizenship” means a vivid and enduring sense of one’s full membership in one of the greatest enterprises in human history: the astonishing, perilous, and immensely consequential story of one’s own country. Today, we must redouble our efforts to make that past our own, and then be about the business of passing it on. We Americans [...]

A Jeffersonian Model of Citizenship

By |2020-05-13T15:40:15-05:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Citizen, Citizenship, Civil Society, Essential, Labor/Work, Liberal Learning, Thomas Jefferson|

The assumptions linked to the more deliberative, publicly responsible model of citizenship, though utopian and far-fetched at least within the perspective of modern, western society, can be thought of in a way that makes them seem more practical. Thomas Jefferson, for example, believed both that good government was possible only when those who governed were [...]

Dante on Citizenship

By |2019-12-09T16:41:28-06:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Citizenship, Dante, Great Books, Heaven, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors|

I could never again go home to Florence. Still, out of that dark beginning, God brought great good. What he allowed me to learn on my feet was a simple but life-altering truth: that my primary citizenship is not in Florence, nor in Rome, nor in any other earthly city. My true citizenship is in [...]

Self-Government Requires Self-Governing Citizens

By |2020-11-12T11:50:42-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Citizen, Citizenship, Government, Politics, Timeless Essays|

To recapture a sense of the older notion of self-government, we need to go back to a time when Americans still maintained a clear conception of themselves as a people composed of individuals capable of self-government. The American Revolution was the dramatic culmination of just such a moment. During the first four decades of the [...]

What Did Thomas Aquinas Say About Citizenship & Immigration?

By |2019-12-09T16:42:58-06:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Catholicism, Citizen, Citizenship, Immigration, Politics, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The danger today is not that too many are selectively and dishonestly quoting Thomas Aquinas to advance their own political agenda in ways that are unfaithful to his beliefs and intentions. The real point is that Christians have fallen into an appalling habit of censoring the very voices from the past that should be helping [...]

Thomas Jefferson on Rights and Duties

By |2021-04-29T09:44:09-05:00October 1st, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Citizenship, Rights, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

The Jeffersonian philosophy of rights and duties is not to be blamed for the explosion and inflation of rights. It is by doing our duties that we protect our rights, and rights come at cost of these duties. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Paul Kuntz as he [...]

Cosmopolitanism: Citizens Without States?

By |2021-05-03T14:48:13-05:00August 28th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Citizen, Citizenship, Immigration|Tags: , |

While our political and cultural elites debate about what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country, it may be worthwhile to pause for a moment and ask what truly is at stake here. My sense is that the debate about illegal immigration–as well as over topics like same-sex marriage or national [...]

Man in the Arena: Citizenship In A Republic

By |2019-12-09T16:48:03-06:00August 24th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Citizenship, History, Leadership, Presidency, Teddy Roosevelt|

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who [...]

Educating Citizens with Kirk, Kass, and Guinness

By |2019-12-09T16:46:20-06:00October 9th, 2012|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Citizenship, Robert M. Woods, Russell Kirk|

In addition to a desperate need for a revival of the Great Books to bring back some life in the barren world of modern education, the United States of America has been in trouble regarding political and a general civic ignorance. Historian Thomas Cahill once quipped that Rome fell when its people forgot what it [...]

Rhetorical Education and Citizenship

By |2019-12-09T16:59:19-06:00December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Citizen, Citizenship, Education, Liberal Learning, Politics|

We Americans will soon find ourselves in the maelstrom of another presidential election. Like most Americans, I am interested in what the candidates have to say about the economy and foreign policy, healthcare and immigration, pro-life matters and religious liberties. As a professor of Rhetoric, however, I am perhaps more interested than most of my [...]

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