The Odd History of the Whig Party

By |2020-06-09T14:03:41-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Unlike the Democrats, the Whigs never fully coalesced as a party, at least in terms of their ideas. But if the members of the party agreed on anything other than their hatred of Andrew Jackson and the abuse of executive power, it was their relentless opposition to imperial expansion and Manifest Destiny. When Andrew [...]

Is Becoming Finland the Way Out of Our Polarized Mess?

By |2020-06-08T16:07:10-05:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Civil Society, John Horvat, Politics, Secession|

American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup, F.H. Buckley (184 pages, Encounter Books, 2020) In polarized America, many believe that the sad state of the Union has reached the point of a serious threat of secession. It is a topic of great affliction for those who do not wish to see the [...]

The Case for President Harding

By |2020-06-08T00:39:22-05:00June 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, History, Politics, Presidency|

President Warren G. Harding “died twice, for there was his physical death, and then the death of his reputation.” But in reality, he was a man of achievement, and his two-and-a-half years in office boasted more accomplishments than other presidents have achieved in four. The revisionist scholarship of the past several decades has slowly [...]

“These Are the Boys of Pointe Du Hoc”: D-Day Speech

By |2020-06-05T22:20:44-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Politics, Ronald Reagan, War, World War II|

On June 6, 1984—the 40th anniversary of D-Day—President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to an audience of D-Day veterans and world leaders commemorating the lost and living heroes. He stood at the site of the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc on the northern coast of France where Allied soldiers had courageously charged [...]

Is America Still Exceptional After the Coronavirus Crisis?

By |2020-05-31T16:11:11-05:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Barack Obama, Coronavirus, Politics|

A recent commentary suggests that American exceptionalism has been shattered by the COVID-19 crisis. If we are indeed left “shattered” and “battered” by a mere virus and our response to it, the rest of the world may one day wish that an exceptional America was still on hand to deal with forces seeking to [...]

What Might a Federalist Paper “No. 86” Have Looked Like?

By |2020-05-29T16:38:12-05:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Federalist Papers, Imagination, Modernity, Virtue, Wisdom|

To the People of the State of New York: Having previously exposed the unfailing dangers of Faction, the more pernicious and enticing danger of Efficiency may be revealed. Indeed, Efficiency, properly ordered as a servant, aids humanity in frugality. An efficient farmer may feed more people; an efficient merchant may employ more people; an [...]

Bailing Out the Academic Fleet?

By |2020-05-27T01:46:24-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Many of us who work in higher education are aware that we are working on boats that are not only “academically adrift,” but which have been leaking furiously for years. Given the demographics and the broader economic devastation wrought by our foolish response to the Coronavirus, it is unlikely that even a bailout will [...]

American Foreign Policy and the Failure of Reason

By |2020-05-27T01:47:41-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Government, Politics|

The recent failures of American foreign policy are not simply errors in prudential judgment. There is something deeper bubbling underneath American culture that led our elites to launch misguided military crusades to promote democracy in the Middle East and to engage in other imperial adventures. Writing recently in Spectator USA, the estimable Dan McCarthy [...]

Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States

By |2020-05-24T17:30:27-05:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Even though President Andrew Jackson’s announcement that he was the embodiment of the American people was populist, demagogic, authoritarian, and absolutely in violation of the spirit of the U.S. Constitution, his views on the Second Bank of the United States most certainly embodied the views of the average American. By the end of 1819, [...]

The Divisions & Trade Wars Leading Up to the Monroe Doctrine

By |2020-05-21T14:25:21-05:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Economics, England, Free Trade, History, Senior Contributors|

Even though President James Monroe could not fix the economy or dismiss the Missouri question, he could certainly distract the nation from its problems. In his second inaugural address, he gleefully announced a new target for American anger: The British were not allowing free trade between the United States and the English-occupied West Indies. [...]

To Faithfully Follow ‘Roe’: How ‘Roe v. Wade’ Now Protects Human Life

By |2020-05-21T00:18:43-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Abortion, American Republic, Compassion, Constitution|

As a majority of states have rejected the application of capital punishment in certain cases, United States law has moved toward mercy, away from cruelty. Consensus about human dignity and the inception of human life now calls for a similar move at the beginning of life. Just Mercy In his book Just Mercy, attorney Bryan [...]

The First and Second Banks of the United States

By |2020-05-19T14:21:25-05:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Economic History, Economics, History, Senior Contributors|

The First Bank of the United States influenced much more than mere economics. Many scholars indeed believe that divisions caused by the Bank led to the creation of the first real political divisions in the country. By the standards set by the Second Bank of the United States, the First Bank was tame. The [...]

The Forgotten American System

By |2020-05-18T18:24:30-05:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Economic History, Economics, Free Trade, History, Politics, Republicanism|

Many people are unfamiliar with the “American System,” the policy of protection as the bulwark of industrial independence, and the foundation of American development and prosperity. A return to the American System would be a major step toward increasing prosperity and restoring the traditional social order in the United States. When Donald Trump spoke [...]

Religious Liberty in an Age of Pandemic

By |2020-05-16T20:17:34-05:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom, Liberty, Politics, Religion|

Is our nation witnessing a soft form of religious persecution beneath the cloak of public health? I pray and hope that this is not the case and that governments, preventing the free exercise of religion, will reverse course and allow church leaders to reopen their doors to once again proceed with the most essential [...]

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