Our Enemy: The (Imperial) Presidency

By |2021-01-29T18:42:37-06:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Democracy, Featured, Federalism, Government, Libertarianism, New Deal, Paul Krause, Presidency, Senior Contributors|

Many Americans fear the dysfunction in Congress and the rise of an “activist” Supreme Court. Both worries are misplaced, at least in relationship to the larger problem at hand: the growth of presidential imperialism. Albert Jay Nock was an important literary and social critic of the first-half of the twentieth century. Part scholar, part pundit, [...]

The False Promise of Progress

By |2019-09-12T11:29:52-05:00March 17th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Freedom, Mark Malvasi, New Deal, Progressivism|

“America is hard to see,” wrote Robert Frost, not least because there is a duality to the American mind. Americans have long exalted freedom, often depicting themselves as its unique beneficiaries. At the same time, they have more than once altered the meaning of freedom and have just as often disagreed among themselves about its [...]

What President Obama Has Learned From FDR

By |2014-10-02T15:06:57-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Brian Domitrovic, New Deal, Taxes|

The greatest editorialist of our age, Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal, is at it again. Mr. Rago profiled two investors in Philadelphia who are resisting government pressure to admit that they did something wrong when trading in the electricity marketplace. The investors’ case is that everything they did was transparently legal. The feds don’t care—if they [...]

The New Deal and the Future of American Politics

By |2020-05-06T11:40:41-05:00February 20th, 2014|Categories: Economics, Mark Malvasi, New Deal, Politics|

The fear, anxiety, and rancor that dominate contemporary politics would be inconceivable without reference to the New Deal, for the 1930s and early 1940s marked the last time Americans engaged in substantive deliberations about the nature and future of their country. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, he promised to undo as much [...]

Herbert Hoover’s Crusade Against Collectivism

By |2020-12-01T14:08:33-06:00January 21st, 2014|Categories: Books, George Nash, History, New Deal|Tags: |

Herbert Hoover perceived in the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt not a moderate and pragmatic response to economic distress but something more sinister: a revolutionary transformation in America’s political economy and constitutional order. Having espied the unpalatable fu­ture, Hoover could not bring himself to acquiesce. This excerpt is adapted from The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert [...]

Things or Men?

By |2013-12-01T20:20:04-06:00January 14th, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Leviathan, New Deal, Russell Kirk|

The following quotes are all from Russell Kirk, “Return to Principle in Politics: Conservatives and Liberals Take Thought,” Southwest Review 41 (Spring 1956): 142-152. “Ever since the Civil War, political thought has languished in the United States. For original political theory almost always is developed out of a time of troubles, when thinking men, forced [...]

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