Michael Federici

Alexander Hamilton: Conservative Statesman?

By |2016-11-28T18:47:27-06:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Books, Featured, George W. Carey, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, Michael P. Federici, The John Hopkins University Press, 291 pages Toward the end of his work, Michael Federici writes, “It is rare to find books or articles on Alexander Hamilton that do not in some way make comparisons between him and Thomas Jefferson.” This is understandable given that [...]

Russell Kirk Reconsidered

By |2019-04-07T10:51:23-06:00April 27th, 2014|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Featured, Gerald Russello, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , , |

Russell Kirk A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind by James E. Person, Jr. Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology by W. Wesley McDonald The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk by Gerald J. Russello The decades that follow the death of prominent intellectuals are filled with attempts by detractors and supporters [...]

The Politics of Prescription: Russell Kirk’s Fifth Canon of Conservative Thought

By |2014-03-23T09:26:26-06:00March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Edmund Burke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , |

Defending tradition is a difficult task in an age that is predisposed to innovation and change. Yet that has been the challenge to conservatives in the modern age. Modernity inverts the conservative prejudice for prescriptive wisdom; it favors change and innovation as the instruments of progress; it places faith in what Edmund Burke called [...]

The 60th Anniversary of The Conservative Mind- What it Means to be Conservative

By |2014-01-21T11:25:21-06:00November 26th, 2013|Categories: Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

The sixty-year anniversary of The Conservative Mind is an opportunity to reflect on Russell Kirk’s achievement in shaping perceptions of conservatism. The book places conservatism in the larger tradition of Western civilization. It also connects it to particular thinkers who embodied the canons of conservatism Kirk describes in the first chapter. The canons intend [...]

The Politics of Fear and Hatred

By |2019-10-01T15:47:36-06:00September 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Democracy, John Lukacs, Populism|Tags: , |

Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred, by John Lukacs. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 248 pp. There are few scholars whose intellectual achievements are so respected that their intuitions are as highly regarded as their more formal scholarship. John Lukacs is one of these rare individuals. He brings to his work a lifetime of [...]

Imperialism Destroys the Constitutional Republic

By |2019-04-25T12:20:35-06:00October 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 [...]

The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton

By |2014-01-21T11:38:23-06:00July 12th, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Books|Tags: |

Few would dispute that Alexander Hamilton influenced the development of American economic and political institutions and public policies in the early republic. His place in the development of American political thought, however, is not as clear. Because he was a practical statesman who often disparaged theory and because he did not produce a work [...]

Conservatism Revisited: The Revolt Against Ideology

By |2017-12-12T16:06:39-06:00March 28th, 2012|Categories: Books, Claes Ryn, Conservatism, Ideology|Tags: , , |

Conservatism Revisited: The Revolt Against Ideology, by Peter Viereck. With a major new study of Peter Viereck and Conservatism by Claes G. Ryn Developments in recent American politics have raised questions about the intellectual roots and philosophical depth of conservatism. The direction of American foreign policy, for example, has inspired debates about the meaning of [...]