Letter From Birmingham Jail

By |2020-06-04T18:37:36-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Equality, History, Martin Luther King Jr., Primary Documents|

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. One may well ask, "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with [...]

Moral Education From Birmingham Jail

By |2021-04-16T11:43:47-05:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Martin Luther King Jr., Modernity, Morality, Worldview|

In an age of moral confusion, Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" offers welcome clarity. Its rhetoric still has power today, with memorable phrases like "justice too long delayed is justice denied" and "Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability." But the heart of his argument, that man-made laws are just only [...]

Martin Luther King’s Forgotten Dream

By |2020-04-04T00:19:47-05:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Equality, Martin Luther King Jr., Social Order|

Are we a nation of ethnic and racial groupings, or are we a nation of individuals, each unique and deserving of equal opportunity unhampered by racial or gender prejudice? For the first two centuries of our nation’s history—indeed, for most of the world’s recorded history—the great Cult of Exclusivity held sway. More commonly known as [...]

All’s Well That Ends Well?: Reflections on Liberalism and Race

By |2020-01-19T09:52:30-06:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Classical Liberalism, Mark Malvasi, Martin Luther King Jr., Rights|

To study the past requires a sense of tragedy and perhaps a belief in original sin, “the imagination of disaster” as Henry James called it. The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our annual exercise in national amnesia and self-congratulation, by contrast, promotes the myth that “all’s well that ends well.” Only the most [...]

Martin Luther King and the Rule of Law

By |2021-01-18T10:05:33-06:00January 17th, 2011|Categories: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, John Creech, Martin Luther King Jr., Natural Law, Rule of Law|

In acknowledgement of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wish to raise the question, based on Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” as to when, if ever, as well as to what extent, it is appropriate to defy the rule of law. On The Imaginative Conservative Winston Elliott raised the question “When is a Change [...]

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