Social Order

The Limits of Liberty

By |2019-05-12T22:25:09-06:00May 12th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Civil Society, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Rule of Law, Senior Contributors, Social Order|

While the rule of law is an essential public good, the actual number and extent of laws also are important factors in determining whether there will be liberty—and, indeed, the rule of law itself. Moreover, as too much law undermines freedom and its own proper character, it also tears apart the very fabric of [...]

The Politics of Resentment and Revenge

By |2019-04-27T21:47:07-06:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Dwight Longenecker, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Social Order|

It seems as if the cycle of Resentment and Revenge is so fundamental to human nature that it cannot be cured by humanistic solutions—but could it be countered by the theological virtues? What’s wrong with the world? Chesterton famously said, “I am, yours sincerely G.K. Chesterton.” However, two thinkers can help us understand the [...]

Storytelling and Modernity

By |2019-07-16T20:43:16-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Civilization, Community, Culture, George Stanciu, History, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Modernity, Myth, Senior Contributors, Social Order|

The storytelling of a tribe gives each member a common remote past, communal heroes to emulate, shared social rules, and an answer to “Who am I?”  Editor’s Note: This essay is part of a series dedicated to Senior Contributor Dr. Eva Brann of St. John’s College, Annapolis, in this, the year of her 90th [...]

Manifest Destiny and the American Nimrods

By |2019-07-30T16:35:31-06:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Nationalism, Politics, Revolution, Social Order, Tyranny|

Standing with his father as they watched the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, eight-year-old John Quincy Adams must have wondered in amazement at the bloody and brutal nobility of it all. And, what must he have thought as he traveled from one European seat of government to another as his father attempted to [...]

The Battle of Empty Minds: Can’t Anyone See Beyond the Hatred?

By |2018-11-16T00:51:51-06:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Ideology, John Horvat, Modernity, Social Order|

Contrary to popular belief, the more violent Leftists are not fanatics drawn to an extremist ideology who see themselves as its foot soldiers. They are souls full of emptiness, inhabiting a world of chaos and darkness. More often than not, they will end their lives with nihilistic fury and flourish… The rash of violence [...]

Allan Bloom’s Six Ways That Universities Corrupt the Youth

By |2018-11-02T09:22:01-06:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Education, History, Social Order|

In the late 1960s, revolutionary protests were directed at the conduct of the war in Vietnam and in advocacy of a "Civil Rights" movement. Leftist activists, assessing how best to capitalize on this unrest, concluded that revolution in the United States would not arise from America's working class and began to focus on American colleges [...]

Martin Luther King’s Forgotten Dream

By |2018-08-12T21:55:24-06:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Equality, Social Order|

Are we a nation of ethnic and racial groupings, or are we a nation of individuals, each unique and deserving of equal opportunity unhampered by racial or gender prejudice? For the first two centuries of our nation’s history—indeed, for most of the world’s recorded history—the great Cult of Exclusivity held sway. More commonly known [...]

The Mouse That Roared & Defeated Walmart

By |2018-07-24T10:02:47-06:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Economics, John Horvat, Social Order|

Everyone is taught to believe that gigantic retailers are the most efficient distributors of goods to the general public. Small stores may be able to fill tiny niches. They may be quaint and picturesque. However, only the gigantic retailers have the capital and economy of scale to offer everyday lower prices and variety to [...]

Why Society Needs to Cultivate a True Elite Class

By |2019-03-11T14:42:21-06:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, John Horvat, Leadership, Social Order|

All healthy societies must have elites. The real question is: How do we cultivate true elites who will fully carry out their proper role in society? The problem with our present, meritocratic elites is that they do not know how to carry out these obligations… There was a time when the nation was ruled by [...]

The Necessity of Dogmas in Schooling

By |2018-10-16T20:24:00-06:00April 8th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Conservatism, Culture, Education, RAK, Russell Kirk, Social Order|Tags: |

As the rising generation is left ignorant of our civilization’s dogmas—or is encouraged to discard them—strange new dogmas rush in to fill the spiritual vacuum… All societies, in all times, have lived by dogmas. When dogmas are abandoned, the social bonds dissolve—swiftly or slowly; and the “open” society ceases to be a society at [...]

William Dean Howells’ Cautionary Tale for Decadent Americans

By |2019-08-22T13:51:05-06:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Literature, Mark Malvasi, Social Order|

In A Traveler From Altruria, William Dean Howells reminded Americans that if they continued to justify their egoism and selfishness at the expense of the common good, all that had profited them in this world would have been purchased at the cost of their souls Dismissed as an apologist for the manners and morals [...]

From Myths to Fact and Back Again

By |2019-03-28T11:44:20-06:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Featured, Ideology, Information Age, Myth, Politics, Social Order, Technology|

A democratic society requires an informed base of voters making political judgments on the basis of commonly accepted information. When reliable authorities no longer hold sway, unscrupulous authoritarians can step in to fill the void… “We have a risk of getting to a place where we don’t have shared public facts. A republic will [...]

The Cultivation of Complexity: Reading Wendell Berry

By |2018-11-19T20:36:46-06:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Civilization, Featured, Liberal Learning, Richard Weaver, Social Order, Southern Agrarians, Wendell Berry|

Wendell Berry’s poetry sings with the love of a man for his home, enticing the reader to embrace his vision of local agrarian economy as sufficient for the good life… “From knowledge of the forest comes/at last knowledge of forestry:/what, without permanent damage,/can be spared and carefully removed,/leaving the whole forest whole. This learning/’takes [...]

Carnival and Revolution

By |2019-08-22T15:48:57-06:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Donald Trump, Social Order|

The only true festival is the one that emerges out of love, joy, and the affirmation that we and this world we live in are essentially good and worth celebrating… In Mark Twain’s harrowing short story The Mysterious Stranger, Satan visits the mythical Austrian town of Eseldorf and slowly corrupts two young boys. At [...]