The Prophetic C.S. Lewis

By |2021-04-26T15:44:37-05:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Joe Sobran, Politics, Timeless Essays|

During World War II, C.S. Lewis realized that both the Allies and the Axis were abandoning the traditional morality of the Christian West, the great principle of which is that certain acts are intrinsically right or wrong. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Joseph Sobran as he [...]

Reading Old Books

By |2019-06-04T16:02:23-05:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Great Books, Joe Sobran, Literature, Timeless Essays|

There’s nothing quite like the joy of falling in love with an old book, finding a mentor who speaks to you across the centuries… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Joseph Sobran as he explores the delight that is reading old books. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Dogged readers [...]

What Do We Owe the State?

By |2019-06-06T11:29:18-05:00May 19th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Government, Joe Sobran|

I have had a lot of response to my column on Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s book Democracy — The God That Failed, most of them enthusiastic. A surprising number of citizens of this democracy have lost faith in the state, democratic or otherwise. It is amazing how seldom we ask the most basic questions: What is a state, [...]

The Imaginary Abe Lincoln

By |2016-07-04T01:02:56-05:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Federalist Papers, Joe Sobran|

Abraham Lincoln Harry Jaffa says Jack Kemp and I have been conducting an “uncivil war” over Abraham Lincoln’s character. Well, for my part, I deny it. Kemp called me one of the current “assassins of Lincoln’s character,” which I thought was a little rabid, inasmuch as I had given Lincoln praise as well [...]

The Right to Secede

By |2016-07-02T22:49:47-05:00December 3rd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Joe Sobran, Secession|

How can the federal government be prevented from usurping powers that the Constitution doesn’t grant to it? It’s an alarming fact that few Americans ask this question anymore. 

Our ultimate defense against the federal government is the right of secession. Yes, most people assume that the Civil War settled that. But superior force proves nothing. [...]

The Myth of Limited Government

By |2014-01-10T20:31:39-06:00August 17th, 2012|Categories: Democracy, Government, Joe Sobran, Monarchy|

We are taught that the change from monarchy to democracy is progress; that is, a change from servitude to liberty. Yet no monarchy in Western history ever taxed its subjects as heavily as every modern democracy taxes its citizens. But we are taught that this condition is liberty, because “we” are—freely—taxing “ourselves.” The individual, as [...]

The Curse of Beatlemania

By |2017-06-05T13:44:17-05:00August 2nd, 2012|Categories: Culture, Democracy, Joe Sobran, Music|

A few weeks ago I wrote some mild criticisms of the Beatles and the sky fell. Angry readers called me “ignorant,” “vicious,” and various other things displaying blindness to my finer qualities. I hadn’t realized there was a militant Beatle Taliban, and I was an infidel. I was lucky to escape a fatwa. Some of the [...]

Your Friend, the State

By |2013-11-16T22:55:40-06:00July 24th, 2012|Categories: Books, Joe Sobran, Politics|Tags: |

Albert Jay Nock, an excellent but largely forgotten writer, once wrote a little book titled Our Enemy, the State. I still reread it when I’m groggy from absorption in the daily events of politics. It revives me like a slap in the face. If I were a pagan, I might fancy I heard the Olympian laughter [...]

Reading Old Books

By |2017-02-13T12:34:52-06:00July 8th, 2012|Categories: Books, Great Books, Joe Sobran|

Dogged readers of my columns will observe that I habitually quote a handful of classic writings, chiefly the Shakespeare works, Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, and The Federalist Papers. If those readers suspect that these few masterpieces pretty much exhaust my learning, they are correct. When I was young, I bought the whole set of [...]

Only Mozart

By |2014-01-22T17:55:44-06:00April 27th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Joe Sobran, Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

Wolfgang Mozart Some guys have it and some guys don’t. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, now over 250 years old, obviously had it. By age eight he was already writing symphonies you can still hear on the radio. And there is no sign that the Mozart fad will blow over very soon. A couple of [...]

Shakespearean Masterpiece: Roman Polanski’s Macbeth

By |2017-06-05T13:20:01-05:00April 9th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Featured, Film, Joe Sobran, Literature, William Shakespeare|

April 12 was Shakespeare’s birthday. The real Shakespeare, I mean: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. I thought a little celebrating was in order, so I watched one of the best Shakespeare films ever made: Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth. When I was a kid, that was one of my favorite plays. Still is. The language! [...]

Thomas Jefferson Was Right

By |2019-03-21T19:56:07-05:00March 24th, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Joe Sobran, Politics, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 — one of the most important and prophetic documents in American history — Thomas Jefferson made a simple and irrefutable argument. The Constitution is designed to define and limit the powers of the federal government. But if the federal government (including the federal judiciary) is the sole, exclusive, and final [...]

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