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The Key to John Adams’ Political Principles

By |2017-11-25T12:39:22-05:00August 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  [...]

The United States as World Savior: Costs & Consequences

By |2017-06-04T15:14:20-05:00June 4th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Reviewer, Timeless Essays, Woodrow Wilson|

U.S. foreign policy needs to be put back into a constitutional framework, even at a time of grave threats to national security and to American lives and property… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Richard Gamble as he examines President Woodrow Wilson’s approach to foreign affairs compared with that [...]

“Republican Government” According to John Adams

By |2019-07-03T14:43:01-05:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Great Books, History, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Adams, John Locke, Liberty, Natural Law, Philosophy, Political Science Reviewer, Republicanism|

As elaborated thus far, natural law teaches that legitimate government is circumscribed by liberty in a dual sense: It derives from the consent of equally free individuals, and it aims at securing the natural rights which comprise the independence of the individuals. But while natural law circumscribes legitimate government, it does not indicate the [...]

Thomas Jefferson & the Declaration of Independence

By |2019-07-03T12:04:04-05:00July 3rd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Essential, Featured, Myth, Political Science Reviewer, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Ross Lence as he unravels the myths that obscure our understanding of the Declaration of Independence.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is not accidental that the Greek word for history (historia) is a derivative of the verb meaning to narrate what one has [...]

The Role of the “Middle Delegates” at the Constitutional Convention

By |2016-02-05T11:29:12-05:00January 7th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Constitutional Convention, Featured, Forrest McDonald, Political Science Reviewer|

Historians of the Constitutional Convention have agreed that there were divisions among the delegates, but have disagreed as to what those divisions were and what underlays them. It was long believed that the only significant line of division was between small states and large. Delegates from the small states, according to this view, were [...]

Religion and The Conservative Mind

By |2014-09-29T10:51:11-05:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Political Science Reviewer, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , |

To know The Conservative Mind is to know the mind of its remarkable author, Russell Kirk. He was an old-fashioned man—courtly, retiring, serene, formal in dress and manner—whose view of the world, proclaimed by every photograph, was traditional, anti-modern, even obscure. Captured in his study, his library, his home, surrounded by pens, books, family, and friends, [...]

Kirk among the Historians: Myth and Meaning in the Writing of American History

By |2017-09-05T23:06:05-05:00October 1st, 2013|Categories: Mark Malvasi, Political Science Reviewer, Russell Kirk|

Russell Kirk America is the land of progress, speculative, contingent, pragmatic, experimental, traditionless. An American conservatism, accordingly, is oxymoronic, blundering, graceless, and embarrassing in a society devoted to change and forgetful of the past. “The storybook truth about American history,” began Louis Hartz in The Liberal Tradition in America, is that the country [...]

On the Place of Augustine in Political Philosophy

By |2019-03-06T21:53:17-05:00August 28th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Literature, Political Philosophy, Political Science Reviewer, St. Augustine|

“Shall it (the happy life) be that of the philosophers, who put forward as the chief good, the good which is in ourselves? Is this the true good? Have they found the remedy for our ills? Is man’s pride cured by placing him on an equality with God?”— Pascal, Pensēes, #430. “Salvation, such as it [...]

A Kind of Dignity and Even Nobility: Winston Churchill’s “Thoughts and Adventures”

By |2016-06-14T09:47:42-05:00August 10th, 2013|Categories: Books, Modernity, Political Science Reviewer, Winston Churchill|Tags: |

Winston S. Churchill Amid These Storms: Thoughts and Adventures, by Winston Churchill [1] This material progress, in itself so splendid, does not meet any of the real needs of the human race…. No material progress, even though it takes shapes we cannot now conceive, or however it may expand the faculties of [...]

Edmund Burke and the American Nation

By |2019-03-21T10:46:26-05:00July 19th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Edmund Burke, Political Science Reviewer, Revolution|

In his politics and in his works, Burke spoke for the concept of the nation, and nowhere is this more apparent than in his Reflections on the Revolution in France[1] And rarely have his views been more relevant than in present-day America. Fortunately, Americans have never been subjected to a revolution as terrible as that of [...]

Philosopher-Poet of the Rednecks: Donald Davidson and the Defense of the Agrarian South

By |2017-09-05T23:06:20-05:00June 27th, 2013|Categories: Mark Malvasi, Poetry, Political Science Reviewer, Southern Agrarians|

Donald Davidson Confident that industrial prosperity would create the material foundations for a vigorous, democratic civilization in the South, southern liberals since the 1880s had repudiated much of their heritage and embraced science and industry as the salvation of mankind. Liberal educators, journalists, and social scientists of the immediate postwar era, such [...]

Willmoore Kendall & the Deliberate Sense of the Community

By |2014-01-20T11:31:00-05:00June 2nd, 2013|Categories: Books, Federalist Papers, Political Science Reviewer, Willmoore Kendall|

Willmoore Kendall The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition by Willmoore Kendall and George Carey (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1995). The Conservative Affirmation by Willmoore Kendall (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1963). John Locke and the Doctrine of Majority-Rule by Willmoore Kendall (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, [...]

Conservatism: A Lecture by Christopher Dawson

By |2018-10-11T23:10:06-05:00April 19th, 2013|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Conservatism, Featured, Political Science Reviewer|

Introduction and Notes by Joseph T. Stuart The handwritten manuscript for this lecture “Conservatism” was found recently among the papers of the Catholic historian of culture Christopher Dawson (1889–1970),[1] housed at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The lecture was never published. While it is not clear where or even if this [...]

The Presidency: A Realistic Reappraisal

By |2019-08-22T13:50:14-05:00October 28th, 2012|Categories: Books, Featured, George W. Carey, Political Science Reviewer, Politics, Presidency|

The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, by Gene Healy “Taken by and large,” Edward Corwin wrote, “the history of the presidency is a history of aggrandizement, but the story is a highly discontinuous one.”[1] After reading Gene Healy’s work, there is good reason to wonder whether presidential aggrandizement will henceforth be [...]