The Big Scrum: Football über alles!

By |2014-01-06T11:47:31-06:00May 5th, 2012|Categories: Books, John Willson, Sports|

John J. Miller, The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football (Harper, 2011) “Of all these sports,” Theodore Roosevelt wrote in 1893, “there is no better sport than football.”  As in many things, TR was on the cutting edge of cultural opinion in the United States as it was about to takes its place among the powers [...]

Mexico Way

By |2014-02-10T17:12:25-06:00April 28th, 2012|Categories: Books, John Willson|

Mexico Way (by Chilton Williamson, Jr.; Chronicles Press, 2008) This is a way cool novel, as several of my grand daughters would say. Chilton Williamson, Jr. who grew up in the wilds of New York City and after many missed steps found himself to be a cowboy, is one of the best writers that [...]

Liberal Learning and Testing for (PC) Truth

By |2013-12-26T22:31:35-06:00April 12th, 2012|Categories: Education, John Willson, Liberal Learning|

Idiot, n.  A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.  The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but ‘pervades and regulates the whole.’  He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable.  He sets the fashion of [...]

Religious Liberty in America: The Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon

By |2017-07-12T23:20:04-05:00March 21st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Featured, Freedom of Religion, John Willson, John Witherspoon|

This is adapted from my 1993 short book, John Witherspoon and the Presbyterian Constitution. It is intended to tell part of the story of the early American understanding of religious liberty, and to leave to the reader its bearing upon the current controversy, so utterly wrongly pictured by many as a “Catholic” issue or [...]

Rush: “Hightail it!”

By |2014-01-06T12:32:53-06:00March 15th, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, John Willson|

Hypocrite, n.  One who, professing virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises.–Ambrose Bierce I’ve wondered, from time to time, what parents may have been thinking to name a son “Rush.” A few of my New England ancestors adopted hortatory names–”Small-Hope Biggs,” “Safely-on-High Snatt,” or my favorite, [...]

The Declaration and the Constitution: Beauty and the Beholder

By |2016-10-23T10:30:28-05:00December 26th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, John Willson, Politics|

Beauty, n.  The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. –Ambrose Bierce My Imprimis arrived today.  It is “The Unity and Beauty of the Declaration and the Constitution,” an interview of Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution.  The full interview can be viewed here.  It is a [...]

Freedom Betrayed, Again and Again

By |2014-01-09T20:02:08-06:00December 18th, 2011|Categories: Books, George Nash, John Willson, Politics|Tags: |

Most of the readers of this site know by now that one of the truly great historians of my generation (people born 1933-46, the “no-name” generation), George H. Nash, has recently published Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2011). Every conservative has [...]

The Newest Deal

By |2014-01-06T13:02:54-06:00December 9th, 2011|Categories: John Willson, Politics|

I try to think about interesting things as often as I can, so I don’t pay much attention to American politics.  Except when I need a good laugh.  Our Imperial Leader gave us one the other day by flying off to Osawatomie, Kansas, to beat up on the Wall Street guys and gals who [...]

Say It Ain’t So, Joe! (A Meditation on Power, Pundits and Penn State)

By |2015-04-13T22:50:58-05:00November 13th, 2011|Categories: Culture, John Willson, Sports|

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson “I am going to meet the greatest umpire of all–and He knows I’m innocent.” –“Shoeless” Joe Jackson “Those whom the splendor of their rank, or the extent of their capacity, have placed upon the summit of human life have not often given any just occasion to envy in those [...]

Books That Make Us Human

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-06:00September 21st, 2011|Categories: Books, Books that Make Us Human, Communio, Conservatism, John Willson, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, Western Civilization|

This is a quirky list. I sit here with tattered old books, some new ones and my Kindle, and love them all; and offer ten that I have read in the six years since my retirement from full time teaching. Each has given me joy, and speaks to what Brad Birzer calls the “human [...]

Carlton Hayes: The Power of the West

By |2015-05-27T23:49:36-05:00August 18th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Education, John Willson|

(part I, part II) Part III:  Western Civilization (1946-1964) Hayes said in his presidential address before the American Historical Association that it was important for Americans to avoid a messianic triumphalism in the aftermath of the war. “The American Frontier–Frontier of What?” was on one level a lament that Americans had forgotten that they were [...]

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