Does the Constitution Create Community?

By |2019-07-30T15:30:51-05:00December 8th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, Community, Constitution, Featured|Tags: , |

Cokie Roberts, a celebrated radio and television commentator, once participated in a discussion concerning congressional term limits and commented on American solidarity (or the lack thereof). She stated, “We have nothing binding us together as a nation—no common ethnicity, history, religion or even language—except the Constitution and the institutions it created.” This is a [...]

Rule of Law: The Great Foundation of Our Constitution

By |2020-01-06T21:56:13-06:00September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Constitutional Convention, Rule of Law|Tags: |

It was eleven years after the Declaration of Independence—and four years after American victory in the Revolutionary War—that a small group of delegates would convene in Philadelphia to create a new charter for governing the new nation. In order to comprehend this historic achievement we must first understand that this moment and the constitutional [...]

The End of Progessivism

By |2014-07-11T18:38:21-05:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, John Locke, Peter A. Lawler, Progressivism|Tags: |

Since the election in 2008 of Barack Obama, a self-proclaimed “Progressive,” many American conservative intellectuals have become convinced that resistance to Progressivism is the essence of their cause. They believe the American political tradition, flowing from the philosopher John Locke, is grounded in the immutable “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—and preeminently in [...]

The Pillars of Modern American Conservatism

By |2019-09-05T13:36:12-05:00June 29th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Over the past half century, conservatism has become the dominant political philosophy in the United States. Newspaper and television political news stories more often than not will mention the word conservative. Almost every Republican running for office—whether for school board or U.S. senator—will try to establish his place on the political spectrum based on [...]

Why We Should Study the History of Western Civilization

By |2016-01-13T22:33:13-06:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Education, Freedom of Religion, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Western Civilization|Tags: , |

Over the years I have gotten into trouble more than a few times for things I have written or said in public, but I suppose the chief cause of my notoriety is a speech I gave to the freshmen of Yale College suggesting that they would be wise to make the study of Western [...]

Conservatism: Past & Future?

By |2014-05-03T16:25:28-05:00May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Books, George Nash, History, Ted McAllister|Tags: |

The historiography of American conser­vatism (often rendered the “conservative movement”) remains immature. For decades, the academic historical establishment largely ignored American conservatives or dealt with them as a sort of fringe group, recurrent expressions of a pathology. Only after the surprising and enduring appeal of Ronald Reagan did most historians begin to take se­rious [...]

Nihilism or Idolatry: All Things Shining

By |2016-08-03T10:36:59-05:00December 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christendom, Christianity, Classics, Homer, Modernity, Religion|Tags: , |

All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly The authors of this latest attempt to give life “meaning” and to “uncover the wonder” of the world—concealed, as it has been, by modern technological culture—begin their argument with an episode. In 2007, a [...]

Fables of Fragility

By |2014-01-31T14:37:50-06:00November 16th, 2013|Categories: Politics, Social Order|Tags: , |

By the time George Orwell’s Animal Farm appeared in August of 1945, its readers were well prepared to sift the animals that constitute its cast of characters for their real-life analogues. The atrocities of Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian regime had come sufficiently to light that even leftist sympathizers and card-carrying Communists like Orwell could no longer ignore [...]

Of More Than Routine Interest: Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

By |2016-09-05T19:02:58-05:00September 29th, 2013|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Books, Christianity|Tags: |

Here is a book that will send a reviewer—and all decent-minded readers—groping for superlatives. Indeed, I find it difficult to refrain from cluttering my review with mere rhapsodies, which might be warranted, but which do not throw much light on things. Anthony Esolen mounts a crushing and delightful riposte to the whole array of [...]

George Orwell’s Despair

By |2018-10-16T20:24:47-05:00September 23rd, 2013|Categories: George Orwell, RAK, Russell Kirk, Socialism|Tags: |

In the twentieth century, no novelist exerted a stronger influence upon political opinion, in Britain and America, than did George Orwell. Also Orwell was the most telling writer about poverty. In a strange and desperate way, Orwell was a lover of the permanent things. Yet because he could discern no source of abiding justice [...]

Thinking in Slogans Means Thinking in Bullets

By |2019-03-20T16:43:12-05:00September 14th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Culture, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

While some books deserve their obscurity, others are unjustly forgotten; Russell Kirk’s early text, The American Cause, should be remembered. Not as developed and mature as his later work, still this little book reminds us of human nature and its limitations, thereby warning us against ideology and its violent tendencies. For Kirk, prudent acceptance of limitation—what [...]

Conservative Postmodernism, Postmodern Conservatism

By |2018-12-18T14:52:04-06:00September 5th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Constitution, Modernity, Peter A. Lawler, St. Augustine|Tags: , |

Astute thinkers from Hegel onward have claimed that we live at the end of the modern world. That does not mean the modern world is about to disappear: the world, in truth, is more modern than ever. So we must contest Hegel’s assertion that the modern world is the end, the fulfillment, of history. [...]

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