Four Book Recommendations for the Close of the Year

By |2020-11-23T17:09:59-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Politics, Senior Contributors|

While 2021 will doubtless be an improvement over 2020, some grounding in the fundamental nature of the political order will prove useful. We can dispense with the contemporary political studies for a moment and perhaps consider the higher potentialities of politics. Here are a few books worth reading and giving as gifts: […]

Globalitarianism: Goliath vs. the People

By |2020-11-22T16:09:31-06:00November 22nd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

The unequal clash between Big Power and the little man sounds daunting, but empires come and go. Goliaths are slain. Or more often they kill themselves through their own inherent unsustainability. All that we need to do is resist evil by living virtuously. This last election has been about Goliath versus the People, and [...]

Signing of the Mayflower Compact

By |2020-11-20T15:38:01-06:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Christianity, Civilization, Government, History, Mayflower Compact|

In the name of God, amen. We whose names are under written… [h]aving undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the christian [sic] faith, and the honour of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents solemnly and mutually, [...]

America Needs Nationalism

By |2020-11-17T16:16:06-06:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Nationalism, Politics|

A shared sense of national identity is key to the survival of America. Instead of fighting over the value of the nation and acting in ways that divide us, we should be funneling its constructive energy and the best parts of our heritage towards improving the country we love. It is clear from the [...]

In Defense of the Old Republic: The Problem of the Imperial Presidency

By |2020-11-20T09:41:32-06:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Constitutional Convention, Featured, Federalist Papers, George W. Carey, Government, Presidency, Timeless Essays|Tags: |

The dangers associated with the imperial presidency are compounded by an awareness that, while new and more expansive theories of executive authority are seriously advanced, the office is not attracting individuals of high moral and intellectual character. The Philadelphia Constitution may be dead, but the basic problems which troubled the Framers—e.g., preserving the rule [...]

Burke on the French Revolution and Britain’s Role

By |2020-11-15T14:09:43-06:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Edmund Burke, England, Government, History, Politics, Revolution, Senior Contributors|

Once the British had returned to first principles and right reason, Edmund Burke argued, they would also be reminded of the practical things, such as good government, the cultivation of the middle class, and the protection of property. In other words, through the fight against the French Revolution, the British would return to being [...]

Who Owns the Future?

By |2020-11-16T16:16:57-06:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

 If Democrats can kill the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, if they can add four new senators from Puerto Rico and D.C., and if they can pack the electorate by turning millions of migrants, legal and illegal, into U.S. citizens and regular voters, then you don't need to be a weatherman to know which [...]

Burke on the Inhumanity of the French Revolution

By |2020-11-13T10:15:19-06:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Edmund Burke, History, Politics, Revolution, Senior Contributors|

Whatever its own stated purposes and desired ends, the French Revolution never sought to better the condition of humanity or even of France. The Revolutionaries, as Edmund Burke stressed, were radicals, seeking civil war not only in France, but also in all of Christendom. The grand Anglo-Irish statesman, Edmund Burke (1729-1797) spent much of [...]

Pantheism and Politics

By |2020-11-05T14:26:58-06:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Government, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Philosophy, Politics, Religion|

Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s insertion of pantheism into politics makes the state into the church and creates a coercive political religion in the service of messianic purposes—as seen during the French Revolution. Overcoming this pantheistic desire for ultimate harmony is an important step in the quest for political rationality. In 1749, a solitary man walked out [...]

Tocqueville on America’s Colonial Experience & the Seeds of Democracy

By |2020-11-04T16:18:48-06:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Democracy, Democracy in America, History, Senior Contributors|

As Alexis de Tocqueville’s writings demonstrate, despite its flaws and failings, America remains the best case study for the greatest successes of democracy. This success comes from the ability to integrate—to the point of inseparability—the love of religion and the love of liberty. Just as the continent of Europe was entering upon its phase [...]

Richard Henry Dana, Sr.: An American High Tory

By |2020-11-03T12:15:09-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Equality, History, Liberty, Politics|

Richard Henry Dana, Sr. was acutely conscious that he was a man out-of-step with the antebellum ethos, an American High Tory in an era of rising democracy. Yet Dana was not some grouchy obsolete curmudgeon, and his withering critiques of America often hit their mark, exposing the weaknesses of liberty, democracy, and equality and [...]

Can a Disintegrating America Come Together?

By |2020-11-13T15:22:49-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

Today, we are divided over ideology, morality, culture, race and history. We are divided over whether America is the great nation we were raised to revere and love or a nation born in great sins and crimes. On the last days of the 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump was holding four and five rallies a [...]

Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2020-11-01T19:07:15-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Politics, Timeless Essays|Tags: , |

The modern Electoral College may not be exactly what the Founders intended, but it fits the spirit of their decentralized federal system. During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was “almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, [...]

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