The Mother of All Books

By |2018-11-21T08:38:45-06:00February 8th, 2017|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Plato, Quotation, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

So there are, at least in my experience, not many books that deal with the question “What’s the good of justice?” But there is one that deals with it preeminently. It is the mother of all books on constitution-making, on governance and education, on psychology, on the routes of moral decline, on the role of [...]

Fake News

By |2017-01-11T13:38:48-06:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Journalism, Quotation|

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.” Books by and about H.L. Mencken can be [...]

My Hometown, My Church

By |2019-08-26T16:33:50-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Books, Bruce Springsteen, Quotation|

"When it rains, the moisture in the humid air blankets our town with the smell of damp coffee grounds wafting in from the Nescafé factory at the town’s eastern edge. I don’t like coffee but I like that smell. It’s comforting; it unites the town in a common sensory experience; it’s good industry, like the [...]

The Federal Government: The Creature of the States

By |2019-10-16T13:41:06-05:00September 29th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Quotation|

The Federal Government is the creature of the States. It is not a party to the Constitution, but the result of it—the creation of that agreement which was made by the States as parties. It is a mere agent, entrusted with limited powers for certain specific objects; which powers and objects are enumerated in [...]

Restoring Our Constitutional Morality

By |2019-07-30T15:57:13-05:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured, George W. Carey, Quotation|

Our cultural unwritten constitution has been damaged by decades of conflict and abuse. It will not be restored through adoption of one or even several reforms. Nor will our operational constitution be “fixed” through even fundamental changes in formal law. Lacking an appropriate constitutional morality, those who govern will continue to do so through [...]

Why Stonewall Jackson & Virginia Chose Secession

By |2020-06-08T17:15:49-05:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Books, Civil War, Quotation|

Jackson had remained generally aloof from national politics. As a slaveholder, he was aware of the congressional debate over slavery in the territories, but not deeply versed in it. He was like many ordinary Virginians of his day: a moderate states’-rights Democrat who favored keeping Washington’s nose out of Virginia’s business and working within [...]

How Should We Read a Book?

By |2018-11-21T08:38:51-06:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Quotation, St. John's College|

Peter Kalkavage's The Logic of Desire presents an exemplary attitude for a reader to adopt toward a book. To use a fancy term, it embodies a “hermeneutic,” a principle of interpretation. The most respectful such hermeneutic rule I know is the so-called “principle of charity:” give the text a chance to make maximum sense. Mr. [...]

God Is Not Mocked: Against Christian Wars

By |2016-07-30T16:53:41-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Quotation, War|

Plato somewhere says, that when grecians war with grecians, (notwithstanding they were separate and independent dynasties) it is not a war, but an insurrection. He would not consider them as a separate people, because they were united in name and by vicinity. And yet the christians will call it a war, and a just and [...]

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