Restoring Popular Self-Government

By |2019-07-09T10:45:30-05:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Featured, Federalist Papers, George W. Carey, Supreme Court|Tags: |

Only with a conservatism anchored in the presumptions and principles of the Founders, in their understanding of constitutionalism and in the proper functions of each of the branches, are we prepared to do battle with the children of the Enlightenment… The most notable change in the American Republic over the last forty years has [...]

Restoring Our Constitutional Morality

By |2020-08-05T17:16:11-05:00August 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 [...]

Bringing America Home

By |2017-12-19T00:01:13-06:00December 13th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George W. Carey|Tags: |

Bringing America Home: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back by Tom Pauken (Rockford, IL: Chronicles Press, 2010) I must immediately enter a disclaimer. As Tom Pauken notes at the outset of his book, he was a student of mine during his undergraduate days at Georgetown in the [...]

Conservatives & Politics: A Look Ahead

By |2015-08-02T09:12:46-05:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George W. Carey, Timeless Essays|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series, affords our readers the opportunity to join Professor George Carey as he examines the place of traditional conservatism in our present day by pondering what can be accomplished via the political process, despite the power of the president and his allegiances. —Alyssa M. Barnes, Editorial Assistant) Winston Elliott inquired whether I [...]

How to Read Willmoore Kendall

By |2020-01-16T11:07:01-06:00March 28th, 2015|Categories: Books, George W. Carey, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: |

Willmoore Kendall Contra Mundum. By Willmoore Kendall. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1971. 640 pp. When writing about Willmoore Kendall a strong temptation exists to deal with the man, not his teachings or theory. This I have always felt to be a shame, and, at times, a deliberate dodge because the reviewer or [...]

The Extended Republic Theory of James Madison

By |2019-04-25T13:10:34-05:00March 22nd, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, Federalist Papers, George W. Carey, James Madison|Tags: |

The American experience with self-government has long been the object of admiration by foreign observers. Principally for this reason students have poured over the records, debates, and pronouncements of our founding period with an eye to discovering the principles, theories, and beliefs which undergird the system and seem to have contributed to its success. [...]

In Defense of the Old Republic: The Problem of the Imperial Presidency

By |2014-11-25T19:03:25-06:00November 21st, 2014|Categories: Constitutional Convention, Featured, Federalist Papers, George W. Carey, Government, Presidency|Tags: |

The Philadelphia Constitution may be dead,[1] but the basic problems which troubled the Framers—e.g., preserving the rule of law, preventing oppressive government—are still relevant, albeit in the new and different context. For instance, by way of introduction to what follows, the marked changes in relative powers of the branches of government since the time [...]

The Moral Center and America’s Future

By |2016-11-28T23:12:53-06:00June 24th, 2014|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Featured, George W. Carey, James Bryce|Tags: |

George W. Carey There was a time not so long ago when Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and James Bryce’s American Commonwealth would be mentioned in the same breath as the two most insightful works on the character and operations of American democracy. No longer is this the case. Tocqueville’s work, [...]

Alexander Hamilton: Conservative Statesman?

By |2016-11-28T18:47:27-06:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Books, Featured, George W. Carey, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, Michael P. Federici, The John Hopkins University Press, 291 pages Toward the end of his work, Michael Federici writes, “It is rare to find books or articles on Alexander Hamilton that do not in some way make comparisons between him and Thomas Jefferson.” This is understandable given that [...]

James Wilson: Political Thought and the Constitutional Convention

By |2020-01-23T12:17:55-06:00February 27th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitutional Convention, Featured, George W. Carey|Tags: |

Scholars familiar with the writings and career of James Wilson are struck by the discrepancy between the status accorded him by most constitutional historians and the magnitude of his contributions to our founding.[1] In their view, Wilson’s record clearly entitles him to a place among the honored “elite” of the founding era such as [...]

George W. Carey, An Imaginative Conservative (1933-2013)

By |2016-11-04T19:18:55-05:00June 25th, 2013|Categories: George W. Carey, W. Winston Elliott III|

George W. Carey1933-2013 We mourn the passing (Monday) of George W. Carey, Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative, longtime professor at Georgetown, and respected scholar in the political theory of the early American Republic. He offered penetrating analysis and commentary on the evolution of separation of powers in America, the modern presidency, and [...]

The Conservative Mission and Progressive Ideology

By |2019-04-25T12:41:55-05:00April 13th, 2013|Categories: Edmund Burke, George W. Carey, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Progressivism, Thomas Jefferson|Tags: |

At the risk of seeming too parochial, I want to outline the dimensions of a problem that has been of special concern for me and other conservative students of the American political tradition, broadly defined. This concern is not as narrow as it may at first seem. Nor, by any standard, is it insignificant; [...]

Common Ground: The Founding Era

By |2019-06-13T11:52:13-05:00March 4th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, George W. Carey|

The following is an excerpt from Georgetown professor George W. Carey’s indispensable book A Student’s Guide to American Political Thought. A uniqueness attaches to the American political tradition that serves to provide a focus to its study. The source of this uniqueness derives from the query put by Alexander Hamilton at the beginning of the [...]

Conservatism: A Look Ahead

By |2014-09-10T10:28:55-05:00January 18th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George W. Carey, Politics|

Winston Elliott inquired whether I would like to update an article I wrote for Modern Age in 2005, “The Future of Conservatism”. I have gladly accepted his invitation since it allows me to emphasize and expand upon certain of its central points that I believe deserve our close attention, as well as to express my views on [...]

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