What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear

By |2019-03-21T12:27:44-05:00February 1st, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Founding, American Republic, Books, Christendom, Democracy, Democracy in America, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William F. Byrne|

An excerpt from Democracy in America. I had remarked during my stay in the United States that a democratic state of society, similar to that of the Americans, might offer singular facilities for the establishment of despotism; and I perceived, upon my return to Europe, how much use had already been made, by most [...]

Edmund Burke and the Politics of Empire

By |2019-07-03T13:39:00-05:00September 29th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Political Science Reviewer, Politics, William F. Byrne|

On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters of Edmund Burke, ed. David Bromwich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000). Empire and Community: Edmund Burke’s Writings and Speeches on International Relations, ed. David P. Fidler and Jennifer M. Welsh (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999). Edmund Burke was one of those rare figures who combined [...]

Burke’s Wise Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2017-08-13T15:36:37-05:00July 27th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Freedom of Religion, William F. Byrne|Tags: |

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British statesman, has long been a popular figure for political conservatives to cite. But his views on religion get relatively little attention. This is a shame, because Burke has a lot to offer those concerned about matters of religion, morality, and politics in contemporary American life. He is a figure [...]

Edmund Burke for Our Time

By |2016-04-23T21:49:11-05:00June 24th, 2012|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Moral Imagination, William F. Byrne|

[Excerpt from: William F. Byrne, Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics (De Kalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011).] To the extent that there is such a thing as “Burkean conservatism,” we can get a glimpse of its true nature from a passage in the unfinished English History, a writing [...]