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 |2021-05-25T08:25:32-05:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Constitution, Donald Trump, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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