Edmund Burke and the Politics of Empire

By |2020-01-12T13:30:50-06:00September 29th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Political Science Reviewer, Politics, William F. Byrne|

On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters of Edmund Burke, ed. David Bromwich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000). Empire and Community: Edmund Burke’s Writings and Speeches on International Relations, ed. David P. Fidler and Jennifer M. Welsh (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999). Edmund Burke was one of those rare figures who combined [...]

The Constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers

By |2019-04-25T11:23:53-05:00September 9th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Federalist Papers, Political Science Reviewer|

The constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers directs our attention away from its scientific and historical roots and toward its particular ambitions. The reason for this is that the term “constitution” is too narrowly construed as a structure of institutions. That is merely the transferable portion – the Persian fire – of a given society, the characteristics [...]

George Washington & Benjamin Franklin in the Constitutional Convention

By |2019-09-19T14:45:40-05:00August 25th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Benjamin Franklin, Constitution, Constitutional Convention, George Washington, Political Science Reviewer|

The title of this essay gives away its complete content, without suggesting its conclusion-namely, that at least one of the two greatest Americans of the eighteenth century was indeed a lawmaker and not merely a symbol in the Constitutional Convention. Washington and Franklin, uniquely, have been lionized as “lending their names” to the founding. Not only [...]

The United States as World Savior: Costs and Consequences

By |2017-05-31T17:35:35-05:00August 3rd, 2012|Categories: American Founding, Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Reviewer, Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson|Tags: |

On December 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sailed to the Paris Peace Conference aboard the U.S.S. George Washington, a passenger liner seized from Germany at the start of the war. Having promised to “make the world itself at last free” and having waged “the culminating and final war for human liberty,”[1] Wilson strode ashore [...]

T.S Eliot’s Christianity and Culture: the Problem of Establishment

By |2016-08-03T10:37:29-05:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Bruce Frohnen, Christendom, Political Science Reviewer, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot T. S. Eliot indisputably was, and remains, in the first rank of poets of any era and any culture.[1] Eliot is almost as well known among literate persons as a critic and literary theorist. His journal, The Criterion, despite its short lifespan, remains the standard of high modernism. Continuing interest [...]

M.E. Bradford’s Constitutional Theory: A Southern Conservative’s Affirmation of The Rule of Law

By |2016-07-04T01:03:01-05:00May 4th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, M. E. Bradford, Political Science Reviewer, Republicanism, Southern Agrarians|

A Better Guide Than Reason: Studies in the American Revolution. (La Salle, IL: Sherwood Sugden & Company Publishers, 1979). Cited in the text as Guide. Remembering Who We Are: Observations of a Southern Conservative. (Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1985). Cited in the text as Remembering. A Worthy Company: The Dramatic Story [...]

Humane Letters and the Clutch of Ideology

By |2018-10-16T20:25:08-05:00March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Books, Film, Ideology, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Political Science Reviewer, RAK, Russell Kirk|

Literature in Revolution. Edited by George Abbott White and Charles Newman. (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston-Triquarterly Book, 1972).  Time was when the study of humane letters stood central in formal education. Public men were brought up in a literary discipline, and “rhetoric” meant more than an orator’s style. The domination of the political [...]

Redeeming America’s Political Culture: The Kirkean Tradition in the Study of American Public Life

By |2019-04-24T10:00:36-05:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Political Science Reviewer, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|

By and large, the American Revolution was not an innovating upheaval, but a conservative restoration of colonial prerogatives. Accustomed from their beginnings to self-government, the colonials felt that by inheritance they possessed the rights of Englishmen and by prescription certain rights peculiar to themselves. When a designing king and a distant parliament presumed to [...]

Redeeming America’s Political Culture

By |2017-06-09T14:51:26-05:00July 14th, 2010|Categories: Political Science Reviewer, Politics, W. Winston Elliott III|

Bruce Frohnen In his essay in the 2006 issue of The Political Science Reviewer our good friend Bruce Frohnen addresses fundamental questions regarding the conservative roots of America’s political culture. I publish this partially in response to Brad Birzer’s “Under Montana Skies” essay today. In this essay Brad defends alliances between conservatives [...]

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