Democracy and Liberal Learning

By |2017-08-07T21:56:08-05:00August 7th, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Democracy, Government, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

We are the heirs to Great Ideas, Great Books, and a Great Conversation committed to understanding the story of humanity. The challenge for those living in the largely democratic West is to maintain the idea that a society committed to freedom is a society committed to the value of the liberal arts… It may [...]

Ideas and American Politics

By |2019-04-30T15:07:09-05:00August 6th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Democracy, Featured, Federalism, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Populism, Progressivism, Senior Contributors|

The fear and suspicion of ideas and intellect rest on historical foundations buried deep in the American consciousness. Many Americans, in fact, have long disparaged the life of the mind, and populist democracy has increasingly required an appeal to vulgarity and ignorance… The mistrust of ideas and intellect that has long prevailed among a [...]

Can Only a God Save Us Now?

By |2017-07-24T16:46:33-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Culture War, Democracy, Modernity, Morality, Politics, Socialism, Tyranny, Western Civilization|

Western civilization has been gutted from within. At the core of this moral bankruptcy is a watered-down Christianity that lacks the conviction to defend itself… Today mankind enjoys unprecedented technology, but lacks the wisdom to regard technology as a tool in the service of life, and not an end in itself. The difference between [...]

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 [...]

The Blessings of Capitalism

By |2019-03-26T17:19:36-05:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Brian Domitrovic, Capitalism, Democracy, Economics, Science, Technology, Virtue|

Capitalism offers us outstanding new ways to be good. As a civilization, we should concentrate on taking advantage of these remarkable opportunities rather than entertaining idle suggestions, born of intellectual confusion if not sloth and envy, that the great boon of capitalistic plenty is undesirable or an illusion… Around the year 1885, the American [...]

Has America Lost Control of Her Destiny?

By |2017-08-22T07:51:28-05:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, Pat Buchanan, Politics, War|

With the New World Order and global democracy having been abandoned as America’s great goals, what is the new goal of U.S. foreign policy? What is the strategy to achieve it? Does anyone know?… For the World War II generation, there was clarity. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation [...]

The Death-Knell of Democracy?

By |2017-08-04T14:43:55-05:00May 9th, 2017|Categories: Democracy, Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

Democracy requires common ground on which all can stand, but that ground is sinking beneath our feet, and democracy may be going down the sinkhole with it… “You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a darn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said [...]

Is America Devolving into Soft Totalitarianism?

By |2017-07-12T10:04:12-05:00April 30th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Democracy in America, Featured, Free Speech, Politics|

Soft totalitarianism aims to destroy communities and undermine the character of the people. The next stage in human degradation is mere savagery… What should a democratic people fear in their leaders? That depends on the character of the people. When the great French philosopher and statesman Alexis de Tocqueville considered the character of the [...]

Edmund Burke and the Totalitarianism of Democracy

By |2017-04-17T21:33:14-05:00April 17th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Democracy, Edmund Burke, Edmund Burke series by Bradley Birzer|

For the “hive” that is the democratic mindset, the very spirit of democracy pushes its adherents to surmount limits, and to behave as one man with the will of a god… Writing of France in 1790, Edmund Burke asked exactly how one might categorize the revolutionary government. Is it a monarchy of the democracy, [...]

Should the Filibuster Go?

By |2017-04-09T18:24:14-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Democracy, Government, History, Politics|

We Americans are no longer members of a consensual society, devoted to limited government and the rule of law. So, is the filibuster still a guardian of our freedoms?… After eight years of the most radical President in American history, our “fundamentally transformed” nation can no longer afford to allow use of the filibuster [...]

How Modernity Diminishes the Human Person

By |2019-07-10T23:23:33-05:00January 29th, 2017|Categories: Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Apple, Capitalism, Community, Democracy, Democracy in America, Featured, George Stanciu, St. John's College, Technology|

Because of the strong secular faith instilled in us by education, most of us trust that science and technology, democracy, and capitalism, the three legs of Modernity, can bring about only good ends and fail to see that these three triumphs of humankind can diminish the human person… With the publication of the book [...]

Remembering Alexis de Tocqueville

By |2017-02-21T09:43:24-05:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy, Democracy in America, Featured, Timeless Essays, Tyranny|

The rule of democratic tyranny, Tocqueville held, “reduces each nation to nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd”… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Patrick Deneen as he traces Alexis de Tocqueville’s argument concerning the American tendency towards [...]