The Limits of Liberty

By |2019-05-12T22:25:09-05:00May 12th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Civil Society, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Rule of Law, Senior Contributors, Social Order|

While the rule of law is an essential public good, the actual number and extent of laws also are important factors in determining whether there will be liberty—and, indeed, the rule of law itself. Moreover, as too much law undermines freedom and its own proper character, it also tears apart the very fabric of [...]

Liberal Education: The Foundation and Preservation of a Free Society

By |2019-02-28T15:50:32-05:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Freedom, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Liberty, Tradition, Western Tradition, Wisdom|

In a time of economic uncertainty, liberal education holds out the promise of joy in learning, contentment in contemplating truth, and satisfaction in community. These things are available to all people, rich or poor. Liberal education and the free society have always been intimately connected. A liberal education, an education which prepares one for [...]

Everything You Ever Feared to Know About American Security Policy

By |2018-10-08T09:46:31-05:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Joseph Mussomeli, Liberty, National Security, Senior Contributors, Terrorism|

Two questions should always be asked over and over again before security measures are implemented: At what point do security measures impede security? And at one point is a free people no longer free? It has been quiet recently here in the homeland. Terrorist bombs and other attacks continue unabated in the Middle East and sporadically in Europe, but it has [...]

Truth as a Democratic Project

By |2019-04-25T13:09:50-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Democracy, Fr. James Schall, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Philosophy, Reason, Relativism, Truth|

To save democracy from subjectivism, truth must become a democratic project. The greatest of crimes can be enacted in the name of sincerity, authenticity, and “being at peace with oneself.” Each of these criteria looks to one’s own estimate of oneself… During the Presidential Campaign of 1996, in California, President Bill Clinton said that [...]

The Cornerstone of Conservatism

By |2019-05-07T14:40:38-05:00August 19th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Christianity, Conservatism, Constitution, Government, Liberalism, Liberty, Politics|

Conservatism is a formal understanding of man. By understanding, I mean a verifiable truth, and by formal, I refer to a distinguishable methodology which permeated the celebrated thoughts of classical antiquity and scholastic medievalism. Conversely, Liberalism is an ideology for man. This is not to say that Conservatism is without its own prescriptions, but [...]

Constitutional Drift & the Challenge of Self-Governance

By |2018-07-29T23:08:08-05:00July 29th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Constitution, Federalist, Government, Liberty, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Self-governance requires that those in positions of authority emphasize the importance of treating the Constitution as a "living document," in that phrase’s best sense—not as a surrender to expediency, but as a recognition that no nation can govern itself that fails to meet the responsibility of perpetually renewing the Constitution by living its constitution... Today’s [...]

The Faces of Freedom

By |2019-05-09T12:12:31-05:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Freedom, Liberty|

The suspicion that Frank S. Meyer’s “autonomous” individuals are not only abstractions but meaningless abstractions grows when we consider his conception of freedom… In Defense of Freedom: A Conservative Credo by Frank S. Meyer (179 pages, Regnery, 1962) In this book, Frank Meyer proposes to give us “a conservative criterion for a good society, a [...]

Why Not Wife-Swapping?

By |2018-02-25T21:17:28-05:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Homosexual Unions, Justice, Liberty, Marriage, Thomas R. Ascik|

In December, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case that proposed to extend the Court’s sexual freedom cases to wife-swapping. In Coker v. Whittington, two sheriff’s deputies in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and their wives agreed to swap spouses, and each deputy began living with the opposite deputy’s wife. Invoking his office’s code [...]

Edmund Burke’s Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2018-10-25T23:15:35-05:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Edmund Burke, Europe, Featured, Freedom, History, Liberty, Religion, Timeless Essays|

Religion “works,” in Edmund Burke’s view, when it stands apart from the whims of those who practice it. Only then can it enable self-discipline, give meaning, and provide a real sense of the sacred and the sublime in life… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join William [...]

William Faulkner’s Last Words & the American Dilemma

By |2018-01-27T21:28:04-05:00January 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 [...]

Is a “Liberal Conservative” an Oxymoron?

By |2018-06-21T20:35:16-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Conservatism, Featured, Freedom, Gleaves Whitney, History, Liberalism, Liberty, Politics, Russell Kirk, Stephen Tonsor series, The Conservative Mind|

The liberal conservative must be discerning. For he believes in freedom as well as in order. He believes in individualism as well as in community. He believes in the equality of all men as well as in hierarchy, natural aristocracy, and excellence… Stephen Tonsor (left) and Russell Kirk in 1977 After the [...]

Edmund Burke: Champion of Ordered Liberty

By |2019-06-17T16:50:08-05:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Liberty|Tags: |

Edmund Burke’s greatest service to liberty was to remind the world that freedom is anchored in a transcendent moral order and that for liberty to flourish, social and per­sonal order and morality must exist, and radical innovations must be shunned… Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is rightly renowned as the father of conservatism. In this bicentennial year [...]

How the Medieval Church Made Modern Liberty

By |2019-05-23T10:29:19-05:00October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Civil Society, Constitution, Culture, Great Books, History, Liberty|

It is a small step from the charters and constitutions of the Medieval Church to our own Declaration of Independence… The civilization of the West is rendered an intelligible unit and distinguished from the alternatives by three characteristics present nowhere else: monotheism in religion, philosophy, and science as a means for understanding the natural [...]