Rights

Human Kindness, Rights, and Feelings

By |2019-11-22T11:04:28-06:00November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Joseph Pearce, Liberal, Libertarians, Natural Law, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors|

It strikes me that all those who talk incessantly of “my rights” are acting pridefully, in the sense that they are making themselves the centre of their own microcosmos at the expense of their neighbours. If we want freedom, however, we must be prepared to pay the price for it. One way of gauging [...]

What Is the Constitution For?

By |2019-09-16T22:02:44-06:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Founding Document, Rights, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The U.S. Constitution is important, and great, precisely because it recognizes that people and their rights are social by nature, and must remain rooted in their communities if we are to enjoy the benefits of ordered liberty under the rule of law. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity [...]

Ten Things I Hate About You

By |2019-08-21T22:53:18-06:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, Government, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberalism, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors|

America would be a more wholesome, more unified, and more decent place if liberals stopped thinking they have a monopoly on compassion and intelligence and conservatives stopped thinking they have a monopoly on patriotism and God. Warning: This is not a twenty-years-too-late movie review of a loosely-adapted romantic-comedy of The Taming of the Shrew. [...]

What an Old Sears Roebuck Catalogue Teaches Us About Gun Control

By |2019-07-10T07:58:35-06:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: History, Natural Rights Tradition, Politics, Rights|

Many citizens today advocate “gun control.” If we restrict or eliminate gun ownership, their argument goes, we will reduce the number of murders. Nevertheless, the puzzle remains: Why were so few of our ancestors shooting one another when guns could be bought as easily as soap, shoes, and slipcovers? As I write these words, [...]

Facebook Fascism and the Slippery Slope to Tyranny

By |2019-04-14T21:56:59-06:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Fascism, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Rights, Senior Contributors, Tyranny|

Following the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist, I was asked by a national TV network in the UK to appear on a live show to give my perspective as a former white supremacist. (I served two prison sentences for “inciting racial hatred” back in the 1980s.) [...]

A Brief Summary of Traditionalism

By |2019-03-07T16:19:47-06:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Government, Political Philosophy, Rights, Tradition|

The fundamental Traditionalist principle is that truth, which includes morality, is both knowable and unchanging. But is a traditionalist society possible in today’s day and age? The best way, I have found, to sum up my own views of society and politics is to call myself a Traditionalist. I was rather surprised to learn [...]

Banning Books and Burning Heretics

By |2019-07-23T11:43:06-06:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, England, Ethics, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Rights, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Advocates of the liberal arts include “heretical” books in the great conversation, whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous. As we have seen in Nazi Germany and in communist countries, the banning of “heretical” books ends with the burning of “heretics”… Several years ago, I visited the two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, [...]

What Anti-Semites and Pro-Abortionists Have in Common

By |2019-01-15T11:46:04-06:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Ethics, Government, Joseph Pearce, Morality, Rights, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Western Civilization|

It is not about right and left but about right and wrong, and those who see politics in terms of right and wrong, and not in terms of right and left, will see parallels between the contempt of the anti-Semite towards the dignity of the human person and the contempt of the pro-abortionist towards [...]

The Right to Create Your Own Universe?

By |2019-04-25T12:01:47-06:00August 17th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, American Republic, Homosexual Unions, Marriage, Politics, Rights, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Precedent Series|

The Supreme Court apotheosized the right of privacy in its now-famous words: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life”… Editor’s Note: This essay continues a discussion of the Supreme Court’s sexual “right of privacy” cases, [...]

Anthony Kennedy’s Jurisprudence of Extreme Individualism

By |2018-07-10T22:23:57-06:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Politics, Rights, Supreme Court|

The paradigm motivating Justice Kennedy’s jurisprudence is of an individual who must be protected by the courts from all outside pressures. The result has been increasing hostility toward the fundamental institutions on which our constitutional order relies… Justice Anthony Kennedy Justice Anthony Kennedy’s tenure on the Supreme Court was filled with irony. Had [...]

Can an Alfie Evans Case Happen in the United States?

By |2018-05-17T00:29:18-06:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Death, Europe, Government, Politics, Pope Francis, Rights, Rule of Law|

In the case of the now-deceased toddler, Alfie Evans, the British government, through its Royal College of Pediatrics and its courts, had legal authority. Alfie had legal “interests,” which the government defined in his case, but he did not have any “rights.” Alfie’s parents only had a right to be heard; they had no substantive rights [...]

A Fire Bell in the Night: The Southern Conservative View

By |2019-04-18T12:42:40-06:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Freedom, M. E. Bradford, Rights, South, The Imaginative Conservative, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson’s fire bell sounded in the legislative darkness, tolling the “knell” of the Union he had so much helped to shape… This momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union. It is hushed, indeed, for the moment. But this is a reprieve [...]

Thomas Jefferson on Rights and Duties

By |2019-12-09T16:38:01-06:00October 1st, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Citizenship, Rights, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

The Jeffersonian philosophy of rights and duties is not to be blamed for the explosion and inflation of rights. It is by doing our duties that we protect our rights, and rights come at cost of these duties… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Paul Kuntz as [...]