Harrington’s Cake: Institutions, Power, and Virtue

By |2020-04-07T19:31:46-05:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Government, Political Philosophy, Politics|

James Harrington insists on the possibility of an empire of laws. The claim that institutional arrangements can force self-interested behavior to serve the common interest underlies the system of separated powers and checks and balances central to the American constitutional order. But is he right? Can this theory of “dividing-and-choosing” give us confidence? “Two [...]

T-Rexit: Is the EU Evolving Towards its Own Extinction?

By |2020-04-06T15:51:45-05:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Coronavirus, Europe, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

When nations under the European Union close their borders to protect their people from the coronavirus, the pomposity of the EU is exposed. This is a telling sign that its serpentine grip on its empire is slipping. On April 2, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU’s “supreme court,” ruled that [...]

In the Pandemic, It’s Every Nation for Itself

By |2020-03-17T06:51:13-05:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Government, Pat Buchanan|

Closing borders is a grievous offense against liberalism that is supposedly rooted in the sin of xenophobia. But what governments in Europe are saying by closing their borders, what Americans are saying by banning travel from Europe, is that while all men may be created equal, we will always put our own people first, ahead [...]

American Leadership in Crisis

By |2020-03-08T20:49:59-05:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Donald Trump, Government, Leadership, Politics, Presidency|

History teaches that chosen leaders can unite and divide nations. Unfortunately, discussions on what true leadership must mean for America have been lacking. There is no dearth of leaders in America. Countless platoons representing special interests that range from wealth preservation to sexual orientation favor their own version of a leader. Much of the [...]

Amity Shlaes on the Failure of The Great Society

By |2020-02-27T09:37:19-06:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Economics, Government, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

During LBJ’s presidency, a war was waged, as Amity Shlaes demonstrates in “Great Society,” by the federal government against the rest of the nation. Relief might have been expected from Richard Nixon, but Nixon’s true intent was symbolized when he placed a portrait of Woodrow Wilson in the Cabinet Room. This tragic story of [...]

Making the World Safe for Democracy?

By |2020-02-22T18:59:10-06:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Government, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, War, Western Civilization, World War I, World War II|

The belief that wars can be fought to defend democracy or to make the world safe from tyranny retains its potency and still has political mileage. It is indeed a large part of the rationale for the neoconservative worldview. Nonetheless, it is worthy of serious consideration. The tragedy of war is that it is [...]

George Washington: American Aurelius

By |2020-02-21T15:35:06-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, George Washington, Government, History, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

In his own day, George Washington served as a pillar of Atlantis, recognized not only for his willingness to sacrifice his life for the great Republic, but also as the founder of the first serious Republic a weary world had witnessed in centuries. He deserves the title “the American Marcus Aurelius.” In his own [...]

The Hounds in Full Cry: Roger Scruton’s Conservatism

By |2020-02-17T16:49:05-06:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Government, Politics, Roger Scruton, Senior Contributors, Western Tradition|

In almost every way, Sir Roger Scruton was a thorn in the side of modernity and post-modernity. With Burke, he fought a “forlorn but dignified resistance to the tides of history.” He sought a future in which the national loyalty would endure, holding things together, providing all of us with sources of hope. No [...]

Using Impeachment to Make America Ungovernable

By |2020-02-06T11:41:58-06:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Government, Politics|

The impeachment trial was not about the President himself or his alleged wrongdoings. It was not even about his shortcomings. It was about the vision of America that he represents. The bizarre impeachment drama is over, and most Americans still cannot make sense of it. The exhausting proceedings took America on an emotional roller [...]

The Dark Road From Abortion to Infanticide in American Law

By |2020-02-07T10:49:09-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Government, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

The contemporary frequency of parents, especially mothers, killing their children—not only newborn babies but toddlers too—is a new phenomenon. Does this have something to do with the relentless loosening of abortion laws in America since Roe v. Wade? We live in an era where we pretend that we do not know when life begins, [...]

The 2020 Election Will Render a Verdict on Progressivism

By |2020-01-25T23:58:09-06:00January 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Government, Politics, Progressivism|

Conventional wisdom has it that the 2020 election will be a referendum on Donald Trump. Perhaps so. But the result could also prove to be a referendum on something ultimately much more important than Mr. Trump. A Trump victory—or a Trump defeat—could prove to be a referendum on the larger phenomenon of modern progressivism. [...]

We’re From the Government—and We’re Here to Help the Workers!

By |2020-01-23T12:01:53-06:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Government, Journalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

California’s AB-5 law severely limits the type of freelance work that people can do. Several other blue states, including New York and New Jersey, are considering some variation on this unintentionally harmful law. It would be nice if legislators aiming to help workers would recall the adage, “First, do no harm.” Is schadenfreude, the [...]

Donald Trump and Religious Liberty

By |2020-02-07T18:50:14-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Donald Trump, Government, Liberalism, Politics, Religion, Republicanism|

Many of America’s founders defended religious liberty, believing it grounded on the duty men and women have to worship their Creator. As late as the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to protect that liberty, but unfortunately, the political left has begun to abandon religious freedom. As the 2020 presidential campaign [...]