Is America Devolving into Soft Totalitarianism?

By |2018-09-09T22:15:48-05:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Democracy in America, Free Speech, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Soft totalitarianism aims to destroy communities and undermine the character of the people. The next stage in human degradation is mere savagery... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Bruce Frohnen as he explores whether or not present-day America has fallen into soft totalitarianism. —W. Winston Elliott III, [...]

Anthony Kennedy’s Jurisprudence of Extreme Individualism

By |2018-07-10T22:23:57-05:00July 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 [...]

Statesmanship and the Dangers of Civil Religion

By |2019-03-11T15:13:39-05:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Bruce Frohnen, Christianity, Culture, Government, Politics, Religion, Timeless Essays|

Demands for statesmanship tend to hold up a model of greatness in political leadership that is profoundly dangerous. The desire to be “great” by upholding the interests of the nation as a political whole promotes a massive increase in the extent and centralization of political power… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords [...]

George Panichas, the Moral Imagination, & the Conservative Mind

By |2019-04-07T10:49:51-05:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

There is a divine order of being of which we must be a part. To reject this order and our part therein is to choose madness and make any decent life impossible. As a literary critic, George Panichas shed great light on the relationship between this recognition of the order of being and our ability [...]

Leo Strauss and the American Right

By |2017-06-12T22:29:28-05:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Books, Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Leo Strauss, Religion, Senior Contributors|

Leo Strauss and the American Right has little to do with Leo Strauss and everything to do with liberal fear of attempts to reintroduce standards of religious morality to public conduct… Leo Strauss and the American Right by Shadia B. Drury (St. Martin ’s Press, 1997) Shadia Drury’s first book, The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss (1988), [...]

What Is the Constitution For?

By |2019-02-19T15:53:04-05:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured, Founding Document, Rights|

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… All nations have constitutions—whether written down or not. Why? Because every nation [...]

Higher Education: A Modest Proposal for Reform

By |2017-05-14T22:05:52-05:00May 14th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Education, Free Speech, Politics, Taxes|

To recover our social traditions and the cultural knowledge undergirding them will be the job of generations. But we should work to reduce the harm visited on our society by universities increasingly dedicated to identity politics and to indoctrinating students into that politics… The problem with reforms is that they almost always are thinly-veiled [...]

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 [...]

Are We All in Favor of National Health Care Now?

By |2017-04-26T14:41:58-05:00April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Nationalism, Politics|

President Trump and many “conservative” Members of Congress believe that it is the duty of the federal government to see to it that every American receives healthcare, regardless of cost. Anyone opposing the healthcare entitlement must be willing, or even happy, to see people die in the streets… There is much noise coming from [...]

Can Subsidiarity Restore American Self-Government?

By |2019-01-04T11:40:22-05:00April 16th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Catholicism, Christianity, Civil Society, Family, Politics, Tradition|

Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what [...]

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 [...]

Why Do We Have Confirmation Hearings?

By |2017-04-02T22:55:50-05:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Politics, Supreme Court|

It is understandable that confirmation hearings should sometimes become contentious and even partisan. But the past half-century has seen the infection of the process by serious contentions that go to the heart of constitutional governance itself… Confirmation hearings have a noble place in the American political tradition. They are necessary so that Senators may see [...]