North Carolina and Rhode Island: The ‘Wayward Sisters’ and the Constitution

By |2015-02-11T15:08:07-05:00February 15th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Federalist, James Madison|Tags: , |

It has been said that every religious heresy proceeds from a misunderstanding of the nature of God. Something similar could be said about constitutional heresies. They proceed from a misunderstanding of the nature of the Union. From the time the conservative intellectual movement emerged in the United States in the early 1950s, for example, [...]

Harry Jaffa and the American Conservative Movement

By |2015-02-09T17:11:06-05:00February 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Paul Gottfried|Tags: |

The death of Harry V. Jaffa at age ninety-six was met by exuberant detailed tributes in sources extending from the New York Times and Washington Post to the major organs of the Murdoch media. Jaffa was hailed as an influential conservative theorist, the founder and driving force behind the heavily endowed Claremont Institute, and the author [...]

Remembering Jaffa and Berns

By |2016-10-30T08:08:30-05:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Leo Strauss, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa, two legendary teachers and scholars, died within hours of each other. What tied them together is that they were both students of Leo Strauss, and all of their writing was fundamentally indebted to “disruptive innovations” that Strauss introduced into our understanding of thought and politics. Jaffa (born in 1918) [...]

Mel Bradford and the Founding

By |2019-05-02T11:06:16-05:00July 28th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Lee Cheek, Leo Strauss, M. E. Bradford, Sean Busick|Tags: |

Harry Jaffa and Mel Bradford Part II of “Not in Memoriam, But in Affirmation: Mel Bradford’s Scholarly Legacy at 20” (Part I) Mel Bradford’s interest in the Founding follows naturally from his Agrarianism. He believed that, unlike the French and Russian Revolutions, America’s was a conservative revolution. Both the Declaration of Independence [...]