Shaun Rieley

Tyranny in American Political Discourse

By |2017-10-11T23:23:05-06:00December 1st, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Politics, Revolution, Tyranny|Tags: |

The word “tyranny” has a long history in American political discourse. Since at least the American Revolution, Americans have used the word to describe political actions they find distasteful. But what is tyranny? Some have defined tyranny to be identical with monarchy; others identify it with any form of government which is not democratic, [...]

Veterans Day and Civil Society

By |2018-11-05T19:29:25-06:00November 11th, 2013|Categories: Military, Veterans Day|Tags: |

Our nation has been at war now for more than a decade. Since the first troops were sent into combat in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks, our nation has once again come to experience what it means to send sons–and increasingly daughters–into harm’s way. Most everyone by now likely knows someone who [...]

Reflections on St. John’s College: The Conservative Contrarian

By |2017-08-01T13:19:57-06:00May 25th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|Tags: |

I have always been something of a contrarian. I have never been content to simply accept what “everyone knows” as given. This—perhaps paradoxically—is precisely what leads me, in many ways, to my conservative disposition; but I will return to this point presently. It was also this contrarian impulse which led me to St. John’s [...]