Edmund Burke’s Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2019-07-23T12:38:20-05:00February 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 |2018-01-27T21:28:04-06:00January 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 [...]

Is a “Liberal Conservative” an Oxymoron?

By |2019-08-22T13:51:26-05:00November 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… After the trip to Washington, DC, where I thrilled at seeing the [...]

Edmund Burke: Champion of Ordered Liberty

By |2020-01-09T10:37:21-06:00October 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 [...]

The Greatest Book Never Written

By |2019-06-13T11:30:39-05:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Culture, Featured, Gleaves Whitney, History, Liberty, Stephen Tonsor series|

Lord Acton is the prophet who foresaw our times. He anticipated the dangers of statism. But ironically he is now a setting star—passé and remote. This, it must be said, is a tragedy of his own making. It’s a mystery why he never wrote his planned magnum opus… In late July, shortly before loading [...]

The Key to John Adams’ Political Principles

By |2017-11-25T12:39:22-06:00August 6th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, John Adams, Liberty, Political Philosophy, Political Science Reviewer, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Of all John Adams' published writings, two works provide an especially fruitful resource for an inquiry into his deepest political reflection... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John Paynter as he unlocks the key to understanding John Adams' political principles, including those concerning liberty. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher  [...]

“Delicate Cluster”

By |2017-06-14T14:08:47-05:00June 14th, 2017|Categories: Civil War, Culture, Liberty, Patriotism, Poetry|

Delicate cluster! flag of teeming life! Covering all my lands—all my sea-shores lining! Flag of death! (how I watch'd you through the smoke of battle pressing! How I heard you flap and rustle, cloth defiant!) Flag cerulean—sunny flag, with the orbs of night dappled! Ah my silvery beauty—ah my woolly white and crimson! Ah to [...]

Unfit for Liberty

By |2017-06-08T14:44:57-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Quotation|

“A people may prefer a free government but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out [...]

The French Revolution: Did Edmund Burke Lose His Mind?

By |2017-05-25T11:14:43-05:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Edmund Burke, Edmund Burke series by Bradley Birzer, History, Liberty, Revolution|

Edmund Burke did love order, and he also loved the ordered soul and the ordered society—the one in which men freely pursued the good, the true, and the beautiful… When challenging the “coffee-house” radicals who were so gleefully leading the French into generations of ruin through their mad abstractions, Edmund Burke recognized that their [...]

It’s Alive! Why the Idea of a “Living Constitution” Just Won’t Die

By |2017-07-01T09:41:59-05:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured, Liberty|

By insisting that judges are responsible for fixing bad laws, rather than interpreting all laws with fairness and respect for standards of due process, progressives gather to themselves the power to impose their vision on the nation. … I find this originalist judicial philosophy to be really troubling. In essence, it means the judges [...]

Why Did Patrick Henry Oppose the Constitution?

By |2018-10-30T14:05:03-05:00March 19th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Featured, History, Liberty, Patrick Henry, Timeless Essays|

How could the man who cried “give me liberty or give me death,” this patriot who penned Virginia’s resolves against the Stamp Act in 1765, not support the Constitution?… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Thomas Kidd as he explores why Patrick Henry opposed the Constitution. —W. Winston [...]

John Locke: The Harmony of Liberty & Virtue

By |2019-11-26T12:14:58-06:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Featured, Federalist Papers, Freedom, John Locke, Leo Strauss, Liberty, Philosophy|

Government remains limited in civil society because God gave man the ability, through work and reason, to subdue the earth and thereby improve his life by the use of pri­vate property... Understanding Locke John Locke is one of the few major philoso­phers who can be used to provide a theoret­ical and moral foundation for American [...]

The Golden Ages of a College

By |2018-11-21T08:38:47-06:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Liberty, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

We live in a country in which liberty is both exercised and preserved by free action. Such action is by its very nature pre­ceded by thought, from which it follows that human be­ings, the young especially, ought to have a period of re­flective learning as a prelude to both private and public action… Editor’s Note: [...]