Thinking Progressively by Acting Conservatively

By |2020-02-03T16:45:37-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, David Deavel, Education, Equality, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

My progressive friends assure me that they are looking out for children, minorities, and especially minority children. The problem with this conceit is that when it comes to closing the achievement gap between Latino and white children on the one hand, and black and white children on the other, the only progressive cities are [...]

Letter From Birmingham Jail

By |2020-01-20T21:44:43-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Equality, History, Martin Luther King Jr., Primary Documents|

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. One may well ask, "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with [...]

The Radical Equality of Christianity

By |2019-10-20T00:12:23-05:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Christianity, Civilization, Culture, Equality, Religion, Senior Contributors|

In our world of recriminating hatreds—in which we desire more to label those we don’t like as sexist, imperialist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and, simultaneously, mark ourselves as victims—we often forget some important historical truths. Here’s one we conveniently ignore, dismiss, or mock: Nothing in the world has brought about more equality and justice than [...]

The Forgotten Corners of Alexander Stephens’ “Cornerstone Speech”

By |2020-02-06T15:08:37-06:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civil War, Equality, Government, History, Politics, Secession, Slavery, South, War|

History is complex, messy, and unyielding to our dearest wishes for easy categorization. That Alexander Stephens understood the Confederacy through its cornerstone of slavery is plainly true and explained in his own words. But the “Cornerstone Speech” goes further, planting the other corners of the Confederate state in concerns over federalism and sovereignty. Anxious [...]

The Truth About Political Correctness

By |2019-07-17T00:57:31-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Communio, Equality, Politics, Reason, Senior Contributors, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|

Political correctness is philosophical nonsense. What we need is Justice not just Equality, Moral Responsibility not just Freedom, Intelligence not just Reason, and Charity not just Niceness or Fraternity—even if these don’t sound so good on a banner. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott, [...]

Martin Luther King’s Forgotten Dream

By |2020-01-19T09:51:47-06:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Equality, Martin Luther King Jr., Social Order|

Are we a nation of ethnic and racial groupings, or are we a nation of individuals, each unique and deserving of equal opportunity unhampered by racial or gender prejudice? For the first two centuries of our nation’s history—indeed, for most of the world’s recorded history—the great Cult of Exclusivity held sway. More commonly known [...]

The Taming of the Adolescent Male

By |2018-02-13T22:07:37-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Culture War, Equality, Feminism|

The largely-forgotten rules of etiquette were part of an overall project of turning testosterone-driven male lust into meaningfully-directed male courtship. Parents have to remember that teaching their children how to dance, how to date, and how to court and be courted is their job… I had to apologize for my species again today. Not the [...]

William Faulkner’s Last Words & the American Dilemma

By |2018-01-27T21:28:04-06:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: Equality, Liberty, M. E. Bradford, Rhetoric|

The lesson of William Faulkner’s “Gold Medal” speech is both in the teaching it offers and in the method we must employ to grasp that meaning. It is a work of politi­cal imagination, drawing its rhetoric from the same fountainhead as poetry… The Summer of 1971, we Americans were removed by only half a decade [...]

Not One of Us: Immigration, Equality, & the Common Good

By |2019-07-10T23:22:29-05:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Founding, Christianity, Conservatism, Democracy, Equality, Freedom of Religion, George Stanciu, History, St. John's College|

God unequally bestows gifts to us that are to be used for the common good. The wise can guide others; the well-organized can administer businesses that provide employment; the strong can protect the weak. With such an understanding, equality and a hierarchical social structure are not incompatible, but complement each other… My three children [...]

Vindicating the Founders?

By |2019-12-17T15:59:46-06:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Conservatism, Declaration of Independence, Equality, History, Liberalism, Slavery|

Conservatives should be troubled by Thomas West's claim that America has always been lib­eral and that the only historical discourse available today is that same liberalism... Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America, by Thomas G. West (211 pages, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997) Thomas West has written a courageous [...]

Stephen Tonsor on Intellectual History & Equality

By |2017-10-09T15:19:54-05:00October 9th, 2017|Categories: Education, Equality, Freedom, Gleaves Whitney, History, Stephen Tonsor series|

Ideologues have been manipulating the idea of equality for two centuries now. Still, it is equality that has provided the dynamism, the moving force that has energized modern history. The great liberal and leftist revolutions of the past two centuries have all been made in the name of equality… After we began the walk [...]

The Abuse of the Fourteenth Amendment

By |2019-05-14T14:08:56-05:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Equality, Featured, Rule of Law, Timeless Essays|

The federal judiciary is often the most dangerous branch precisely because it is considered to be the least dangerous one… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Allen Porter Mendenhall as he discusses the proper and actual extent of the federal judiciary as exemplified in the powers of [...]