America and What Went Wrong: William Dean Howells

By |2017-09-05T23:06:15-05:00August 29th, 2013|Categories: Fiction, Foreign Affairs, Mark Malvasi|Tags: |

March 1, 2012, marked the 175th anniversary of William Dean Howells’s birth. In 1912 400 eminent writers, journalists, editors, social reformers, university presidents, and public men, including William Howard Taft, who had altered his schedule to attend, crowded Sherry’s restaurant in New York City to celebrate Howells’s 75th birthday. From England, Thomas Hardy and [...]

The Family Crisis & the Future of Western Civilization

By |2019-09-03T14:14:36-05:00June 3rd, 2013|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Culture, Homosexual Unions, Marriage, Virtue|Tags: , , |

In April 2009, Dr. James Dobson stepped down as head of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family with a pessimistic message about his years in the “culture wars.” “We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict,” he declared. “Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism: A Review

By |2019-04-07T10:51:51-05:00May 4th, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas|Tags: |

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism: Writings from Modern Age, by George A. Panichas. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2008. This collection of writings by George A. Panichas, all of which appeared in the pages of Modern Age between 1965 and 2007, is a testament to the author’s major contribution to conservatism for over four decades. During [...]

The Challenge Confronting Conservatives: Sustaining a Republic of Hustlers

By |2020-08-31T13:19:24-05:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs|Tags: , , |

If in fact the prudential, im­mediate goal of conservatives is simply to defend what remains of our heritage and forestall a slide into anarchy, then what is it conservatives can do to sustain our Republic of Hustlers? At our 2009 annual meeting, the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress was exposed to some surreal [...]

More than ‘Irritable Mental Gestures’: Russell Kirk’s Challenge to Liberalism

By |2019-04-25T12:04:01-05:00January 4th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Conservatism, Liberalism, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Liberalism “is now fading out of the world,” Russell Kirk proclaimed in 1955 in the liberal Catholic periodical Commonweal. “And I believe that the ephemeral character of the liberal movement is in consequence of the fact that liberalism’s mythical roots always were feeble, and now are nearly dead.” For Kirk, and many Christian Humanists [...]

Imperialism Destroys the Constitutional Republic

By |2020-01-23T13:03:26-06:00October 27th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, Foreign Affairs, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Progressivism|Tags: , |

Because of its sober and realistic assumptions about human nature and the human condition, the American republic of the Constitution of 1789 is not designed to do the big things typical of empires. It is especially not designed to do that which has most characterized empire: conquer. When America does pursue empire, it undermines [...]

Dark Satanic Mills of Mis-Education: Some Proposals for Reform

By |2015-05-27T13:22:40-05:00October 7th, 2012|Categories: Education, Featured, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

The “higher education system” in the United States has metastasized to the point that the body politic will soon be unable to sustain it. Tuition and fees have grown at more than three times the cost of living in the last two decades, outstripping even the rise in the cost of medical care. These [...]

Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law

By |2014-12-30T18:07:26-06:00September 25th, 2012|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Rule of Law|Tags: |

Though it has been obvious to discerning observers for a con­siderable period that the United States is moving at an acceler­ating pace from constitutionalism toward arbitrary power, the vast majority of Americans have been slow to recognize that a crisis of governance exists. Much of the reason, I think, is that entire structures of [...]

Religious Freedom and the Constitution

By |2019-10-10T13:41:45-05:00June 20th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Constitution|Tags: , |

The American Myth of Religious Freedom, by Kenneth R. Craycraft, Jr. This book provides a good example of the distortion of reality, not to mention mind-torturing confusion, that occurs when political documents—in this instance, the religious clauses of the First Amendment and the writings of Locke, Jefferson, and Madison—are viewed through sectarian glasses and [...]

The Spirit of American Constitutionalism: The Fabius Letters

By |2019-09-24T10:32:28-05:00May 12th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Fabius, Featured, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Dickinson|Tags: |

Though virtually ignored by scholars in recent decades, John Dickinson was one of the most influential of the American Founders. When he entered the Pennsylvania State House in May 1787, as Delaware’s delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he was one of the most knowledgeable and experienced statesmen to attend the Grand Convention. Colonial legislator, [...]

Reinvigorating Culture

By |2018-10-16T20:25:07-05:00April 7th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Education, Liberal Learning, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Anyone who pushes the buttons of a television set nowadays [written in 1994, Ed.] may be tempted to reflect that genuine culture came to an end during the latter half of the twentieth century. The television set is an immense accomplishment of reason and imagination: the victory of technology. But the gross images produced [...]

The American Presidency: The Living Embodiment of the Nation

By |2017-12-18T23:52:20-06:00March 13th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Forrest McDonald|Tags: |

The American Presidency: An Intellectual History by Forrest McDonald (528 pages, University Press of Kansas, 1994) Forrest McDonald’s The American Presidency: An Intellectual History is a most impressive work. Few contemporary books in American politics reflect the careful and prodigious research, as well as the considerable breadth of knowledge and historical insight brought to bear [...]

The Basis of the American Republic: Virtue, Wisdom & Experience

By |2013-12-10T20:00:50-06:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politics, Virtue|Tags: |

In Natural Right and History, Leo Strauss writes that “Prescription cannot be the sole authority for a constitution, and, therefore, recourse to rights anterior to the constitution, i.e., to natural rights, cannot be superfluous unless prescription itself is a sufficient guarantee of goodness.”[1] Such a characterization results in the accusation that those who hold to [...]

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