How Equality Destroyed the Carnegie Family

By |2016-06-24T10:43:19-06:00June 24th, 2016|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Equality, Ted McAllister|

Oh, how Andrew Carnegie adored creative destruction! How much he hated the past! His 1886 book, Triumphant Democracy,[1] a breathless paean to “the Republic,” feels like a prayer, spoken as much in numbers as in words. Among the words of his prayer, none charms like Equality—none possesses a more explanatory power or expresses such warm devotion. [...]

What “The Federalist” Really Says

By |2019-03-16T10:18:31-06:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Founding, American Republic, Equality, Featured, Federalist, Federalist Papers, James Madison, John Locke, Willmoore Kendall|

III In his analysis of the Socrates of the Apology, Willmoore Kendall was hinting strongly at the probability that the contemporary John Stuart Mill-Karl Popper school in the United States is using the argument of the purist open society as an instrument or weapon to unhinge the existing orthodoxy, not for the alleged purpose [...]

On Remembering Who We Are: A Political Credo

By |2019-11-07T12:09:23-06:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Equality, Featured, Freedom, M. E. Bradford|

Beware lest any man tempt you through philosophy and vain deceit. —Colossians 2:8 Quae est enim istorum oratio tam exquisita, quae sit anteponenda bene constitutae civiti publico jure et moribus? ("For what speech of theirs is excellent enough to be preferred to a state well provided with law and custom?") —Cicero's De Re Publica, I.3 Despite the fact that they [...]

Should We Love Democracy?

By |2016-04-30T12:21:28-06:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: Democracy, Equality, Featured, Freedom, Liberty|

Liberty and equality are the uncontested “values” of the modern world. They have been paid lip service to by all the parties, including the Communists, who did so much to smother them in the course of the twentieth century (hence the ubiquitous “people’s republics” that brought untold misery to a third of the globe). Some have even argued that we [...]

How Equality Is Misleading

By |2016-07-04T01:02:48-06:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Equality, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Slavery|

I Let us have no foolishness, indeed.* Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself—Equality, with the capital "E"—is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle. Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity (equal starts in the "race of [...]

Income Inequality, Liberty & the Founders

By |2019-09-05T13:36:07-06:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Economics, Equality, Featured, Free Markets, Politics, Taxes|

We have been hearing a great deal about income inequality in recent days, particularly from Senator Bernie Sanders. Part of this interest is fueled by many examples of excess at the top. J.P. Morgan Chase, after a year immersed in scandal, decided to award its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, $20 million in compensation for [...]

The Myth of Privilege

By |2016-05-03T22:40:13-06:00July 25th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Equality, Language|

Throughout time, our settled norms of political discourse adopt philosophical notions that are simply considered unchallengeable by the majority of humanity. A few hundred years ago, the idea of divine kingship was a well-accepted worldview, alongside the idea that only kings had the right to rule over countries. A few decades ago, it was also [...]

Green Fields and Green Woods: James Kirke Paulding as a Placed Northern Man

By |2015-07-07T14:58:00-06:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Community, Equality, History, Tradition|

  On April 10, 1852, James Kirke Paulding—literary New Yorker and former Secretary of the Navy—wrote a letter to South Carolinian Joseph Starke Sims. Paulding maintained excellent relationships with southerners (and northerners) his whole life. Paulding corresponded with many southern luminaries during the antebellum period on politics, society, and various other areas where Paulding’s erudition [...]

Equality, Tyranny, and Despotism in Democracy: Remembering Alexis de Tocqueville

By |2019-07-23T11:17:37-06:00March 15th, 2015|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Equality|Tags: |

Among conservatives and liberals alike, the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville is perhaps the most often quoted political theorist of democracy. In the words of Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop, Tocqueville’s two-volume work Democracy in America (1835) remains “at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on [...]

On Difference and Equality

By |2015-02-19T14:38:50-06:00December 20th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Equality, Featured|

In 1808 Hendrick Aupaumut—a Mahican leader and former captain in the Continental Army—wrote to Thomas Jefferson of his people’s struggle to find a “Sure habitation” in the rapidly expanding new nation. Captain Hendrick’s story is immediately recognizable to anyone with a passing familiarity with United States history: We were compelled to move from place to [...]

Liberty, Equality and Fraternity: Those Three Impostors

By |2019-11-07T10:47:39-06:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: Charity, Conservatism, Dwight Longenecker, Equality, Virtue|

Like most everyone I could not help but be moved by the musical Les Miserables. It seemed a powerful story of redemption, and I even found myself feeling sympathetic to the young revolutionaries as they sang their final stirring anthem from the barricades. I am afraid that is where my sympathy for the Jacobins [...]

Thomas Piketty, Economic Inequality, and the Hypocrisy of Power

By |2014-12-29T14:34:05-06:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Economics, Equality, Politics|

That a French socialist economist is trashing the American economy for fomenting inequality should hardly be news. But Thomas Piketty is enjoying some moments in the popular press, before returning to the usual comfortable sinecure for the left—academia. Why? Well, we are told, economic inequality is on the march again, and must be stopped. [...]