Prohibition, Democracy, and the State

By |2021-05-04T16:30:38-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, History, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

Prohibition had cultivated both a growing mistrust and a growing acceptance of state power. It was becoming not only a legal and political mechanism to regulate personal habits and to modify social customs but also a means to impose cultural unity. Whatever dangers it posed to liberty, government regulation was by the 1920s a fact [...]

Machiavelli: The Prince of Darkness?

By |2021-05-02T16:00:52-05:00May 2nd, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Political Philosophy, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Niccolò Machiavelli openly embraced the use of power and utility over the restraint and charity of love and dignity. In Machiavelli’s corruption, “prudence” came to mean knowledge of when to choose good and when to choose evil. In his magisterial Roots of American Order, Russell Kirk tried to put the Renaissance, Reformation, and Counter Reformation [...]

The Abyss of Grievance

By |2021-04-30T11:49:37-05:00May 1st, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Ethnicity, Glenn Arbery, Politics, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

No question, the history of race in America is a vexed one. There are real wrongs to address, certainly, but there is also a persistent state of grievance, a kind of moral or spiritual condition, in which one eschews peace of mind, an abyss of soul where one relives injustices done or imagines the goods [...]

Was the Postwar U.S. International Order Truly Liberal?

By |2021-04-26T19:52:25-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Books, Foreign Affairs, History, Liberal, Politics, World War II|

“The False Promise of Liberal Order” and “Tomorrow, the World” provide a useful two-dose vaccine against the now-viral view that something ambitious must be done to repair and revitalize the fraying liberal international order. Both books counsel against doubling down on a postwar order that was more imperial than liberal. The False Promise of Liberal [...]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Romantic Conservative

By |2021-04-20T14:05:04-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Conservatism, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge|

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s romantic conservatism is passionate, incisive, and high-minded. His notion of the “Idea” is persuasive in regard to how it exists in human society, and he lit the way to resolving the ever-present conservative tension between theory and practice. The life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, if tumultuous and at times disastrous, was a [...]

Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The 21st Century

By |2021-04-22T10:02:48-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Books, Civilization, David Deavel, Politics, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

Obianuju Ekeocha’s “Target Africa” exposes the imposition of destructive, elite American values on Africans by our government, our educational institutions, and our foundations. These “neo-colonialists” treat Africans as children by handing down to them decisions about how to live—decisions that have failed spectacularly in the Western world itself. Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The Twenty-First [...]

A Mandate for a New Great Society?

By |2021-04-22T09:21:34-05:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors, Thomas Ascik|

The only apt comparisons to the Biden-Harris law-and-policy agenda are the New Deal and the Great Society. But how does the political and popular mandate for the current administration's agenda compare to those of these past programs? President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris purport both to rule expansively and permanently alter the country [...]

Unpacking the Supreme Court?

By |2021-04-22T10:04:23-05:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Politics, Supreme Court, Uncategorized|

Despite controlling neither the sword nor the purse, the Supreme Court has been able to wield considerable power by in effect legislating rather than simply judging. To lessen and perhaps gradually eliminate battles like “Roe v. Wade,” why not reduce the number of Supreme Court justices to five? During the 2020 campaign, which saw the [...]

Hell Is Getting What You Want

By |2021-04-06T13:05:36-05:00April 10th, 2021|Categories: Freedom, Tyranny|

Just as all men recognize tyranny as the most oppressive regime, we should recognize a tyrannical soul as the most onerous. The tyrannical soul gets exactly what it wants, but this is a curse, not a blessing. Freedom from all constraint is actually the worst form of slavery. “A dream is a wish your heart [...]

To Be, and Especially Not to Be, a Libertarian

By |2021-04-07T19:41:17-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Libertarianism, Libertarians, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Russell Kirk’s prescription of having no major alliances between conservatives and libertarians is wise. Conservatives may stand with libertarians against tyranny and for sensible free market policies, but in the end, I think even accepting the term libertarian is unwise. Should you be a libertarian? The answer, as with every term, depends on how you [...]

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