Republicanism

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition

By |2019-04-12T22:05:33-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III|

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde N. Wilson (356 pages, The Foundation for American Education, 2003) Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Publisher W. Winston Elliott III, as he considers a classic collection of essays about the Jeffersonian tradition. —Stephen M. [...]

American Conservatism & the Old Republic

By |2019-04-04T12:48:04-05:00October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism, Featured, History, Presidency, Republicanism, Russell Kirk, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

If anything identifies a conservative, it is his realistic appraisal of human nature—his appreciation of what is good and admirable, and his recognition of what is base… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Thomas Woods as he explores what it means to be a conservative and how [...]

Constitutional Morality vs. Class Warfare: The Right Rhetoric for a Republic

By |2019-06-06T18:46:00-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Featured, Federalist Papers, Republicanism, Rhetoric, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

For some time now, our political rhetoric has increasingly moved toward an opposition between classes, causing tension—indeed a kind of warfare—between what Aristotle called the few rich and the many poor. Our founders worked hard to bridge this gap… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Virginia Arbery [...]

“Republican Government” According to John Adams

By |2019-07-03T14:43:01-05:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Great Books, History, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Adams, John Locke, Liberty, Natural Law, Philosophy, Political Science Reviewer, Republicanism|

As elaborated thus far, natural law teaches that legitimate government is circumscribed by liberty in a dual sense: It derives from the consent of equally free individuals, and it aims at securing the natural rights which comprise the independence of the individuals. But while natural law circumscribes legitimate government, it does not indicate the [...]

Edmund Burke & the American Revolution: The Whole Story

By |2019-07-20T01:25:00-05:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bruce Frohnen, Edmund Burke, Featured, Republicanism, Revolution|

You would not know it from the discussion on campus or in our high schools, but the best analysis of the American War for Independence was provided while it was still unfolding. The character of the Americans, the designs of the British Parliament, and the policies that brought these two into conflict were brilliantly [...]

The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition

By |2019-03-19T01:49:13-05:00November 9th, 2015|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Featured, History, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Clyde Wilson as he examines the Jeffersonian conservative tradition. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) As a movement of thought, the resurgent conservatism of twentieth century America cannot achieve maturity without a properly worked out historical self-image—a documented and convincing picture of [...]

A Teaching for Americans: Roman History and the Republic’s First Identity

By |2019-06-06T18:33:09-05:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Essential, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Republicanism, Rome, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join M.E. Bradford as he examines Roman history and the American founding. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The Federal District of Columbia, both in its formal character as a capital and also in its self-conscious attempt at a certain visual splendor, is, [...]

America’s Identity Crisis: National Character & Political Disorder

By |2019-07-23T11:43:33-05:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Character, Featured, Nationalism, Republicanism|

I suggest a crisis by collecting in one breath the terms national character and political disorder. Nor do I shrink from the implicit affirmation that the people of the United States confront an identity crisis at the very center of our national existence, at once moral and political and touching precisely upon the reciprocal [...]

Are Self-Evident Truths True?

By |2018-12-07T16:40:30-05:00August 2nd, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Republicanism|

Is there a political philosophy in the Declaration of Independence? One step toward answering this question—not the only step, but from the philosopher’s point of view the most fundamental—is to ask whether the “self-evident truths” of the Declaration are really true after all. Another way of putting it, which I once saw in a [...]

Policing the World

By |2018-12-26T14:20:16-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Constitution, History, Republicanism, Statesman|Tags: , , |

Review in your memory the main episodes of nineteenth-century history and you will see how American statesmen stayed the course. Jefferson, for all his wild talk in favor of the French Revolution, announced in his inaugural, “We are all Federalists; we are all Republicans,” pledged “no entangling alliances,” clung to neutrality in the Napoleonic [...]

Republicanism and Catholicism’s Only Relevant Partisans

By |2016-08-03T10:36:57-05:00March 15th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Conservatism, Republicanism|Tags: |

Each electoral cycle, nearly six out of every ten American Catholics cast the ghastly vote of the libertine. As such, one can only assume that the ideas and “lifestyles” emblazoned by these six out of ten votes follow faithfully (tongue firmly lodged in cheek!) upon such libertinism. Regarding the shameful demographic ordeal, the orthodox [...]

Reflections on A Republic Divided to the Point of Collapse

By |2016-08-06T18:18:35-05:00January 29th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Civil War, Republicanism|

What better word might explain America in 1861 than that of word Homer used to begin The Iliad: Rage. But, rage for or against what? And, with what consequences? A century and a half later, we must recognize the whole period as rich with potential, rich with glory and . . . ripe for corruption. [...]