Vindicating the Founders?

By |2020-04-09T10:56:57-05:00November 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 |2020-07-08T17:01:02-05:00July 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.  Libertarians and conservatives have never achieved widespread consensus regarding issues of federalism in American jurisprudence. The gridlock has to do with competing ideas about the proper role of the federal judiciary in protecting and [...]

Egalitarianism, American-Style

By |2016-08-14T22:31:29-05:00July 31st, 2016|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Equality, Free Markets, Russell Kirk, Senior Contributors|

Russell Kirk posed as one of the “canons” of conservatism the existence of orders in society. Critics have responded for decades that such a view shows that traditional conservatives are by nature aristocratic in their orientation, that they are in some sense “un-American” in their rejection of egalitarianism. The assumption appears to be that [...]

What Is the Promise of the Free Enterprise System?

By |2019-11-14T14:59:47-06:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Audio/Video, Economics, Equality, Freedom, Rights|

The Free Enterprise System is dynamic. It is disruptive, yet also full of opportunities in its competitive nature. It requires hard work and virtue in order for it to be possible. If capitalism is to rise above cronyism, a proper understanding must not only be cultivated but also promoted. Dr. David Azerrad offers us such [...]

How Equality Destroyed the Carnegie Family

By |2016-06-24T10:43:19-05:00June 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 |2019-03-16T10:18:31-05:00June 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 |2020-05-08T15:30:29-05:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Equality, Featured, Freedom, M. E. Bradford|

We should learn from the political credo of the Venetians, who never forgot the history that had made them a special nation. To be a patriot is to embody our connection to the national bond through devotion to a "practice." It is good to be enthralled by dogmas of the quiet past, remembering who and [...]

Should We Love Democracy?

By |2016-04-30T12:21:28-05:00March 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 |2016-07-04T01:02:48-05:00February 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 |2019-09-05T13:36:07-05:00January 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 |2016-05-03T22:40:13-05:00July 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 |2015-07-07T14:58:00-05:00July 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 [...]