Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2020-11-01T19:07:15-06:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Politics, Timeless Essays|Tags: , |

The modern Electoral College may not be exactly what the Founders intended, but it fits the spirit of their decentralized federal system. During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was “almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which [...]

50th Anniversary: Remembering Lewis and Huxley

By |2016-02-12T15:51:42-06:00November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Aldous Huxley, C.S. Lewis, Christianity|Tags: |

For the last week our televisions and newspapers have been taken up with commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As I write this, we are just an hour away from bells tolling across the land. It is right that we pause and remember the event that changed so [...]


By |2020-11-22T04:51:59-06:00November 1st, 2013|Categories: Civil War, Fiction|Tags: |

It was a crisp fall evening when I met the storyteller for the first and only time. He was old, but probably not as old as he looked. Preoccupied with the few hairs he had left growing out from above his ears, he pushed the thin weeds back over his dome each time the wind [...]

Little League Baseball as Culture Tonic

By |2020-03-27T09:30:53-05:00June 15th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Culture, Sports|Tags: |

Baseball is republican; baseball is deliberate; baseball is particularly American. May Little League baseball endure as long as the Republic it supports. Tonight one of the most important episodes in the life of the Gregg family came to an end.  With Nolan (12) throwing a newly developed knuckle ball toward home plate, thirteen years of [...]

The Dalai, the Dinosaur, and the Tao

By |2016-02-12T15:28:24-06:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Moral Imagination, Morality|Tags: , |

The Dalai Lama In his inaugural lecture at Cambridge University, C. S. Lewis referred to himself as a type of dinosaur; a species of “Old Western man” that was about to go extinct in the mid-20th century. Today I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend some time watching a man who I fear might [...]

A Player Piano for the Twenty-First Century

By |2014-01-04T20:26:20-06:00February 7th, 2013|Categories: Books, Culture, Kurt Vonnegut|Tags: , |

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I have long resisted reading Kurt Vonnegut. In this life of finite time and seemingly infinite and ever expanding good things to read, his biography or writing just did not seem enough to clear the bar to justify pushing some other unread book aside. I am very glad, however, that [...]

A Very Cato Christmas

By |2014-12-10T10:38:59-06:00December 18th, 2012|Categories: Books, Cato, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|Tags: |

Now well into the third century since our nation’s birth, imaginative conservatives can’t help but wonder where we might be in the life of the Republic. It is instructive to note that when our Founders were preparing to give birth to our Republic, they were imagining the end of the Roman Republic and pondering how to keep [...]

Election 2012: The Lost Promise of Barack Obama

By |2017-08-03T13:39:42-05:00November 6th, 2012|Categories: Barack Obama, Politics|Tags: |

“On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”—Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama 2009 No matter who wins at the polls today, the great loser of election 2012 will be Barack Obama and the [...]

The Qual­ity of Our Imag­i­na­tions: Interview with Gary Gregg

By |2017-06-27T12:55:23-05:00March 10th, 2011|Categories: Books, Gerald Russello, Leadership, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

We thank the University Bookman for allowing us to offer their interview with Gary L. Gregg, II, who holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville, where he directs the McConnell Center. He is the author or editor of nine books, including a new series of young adult novels called The Remnant Chronicles. On [...]

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