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 [...]

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 [...]

Cosmopolitanism: Citizens Without States?

By |2019-12-09T16:22:25-06:00August 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 [...]

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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