Policing the World

By |2018-12-26T14:20:16-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Constitution, History, Republicanism, Statesman|Tags: , , |

Review in your memory the main episodes of nineteenth-century history and you will see how American statesmen stayed the course. Jefferson, for all his wild talk in favor of the French Revolution, announced in his inaugural, “We are all Federalists; we are all Republicans,” pledged “no entangling alliances,” clung to neutrality in the Napoleonic [...]

The Backside of the Universe: “Throes of Democracy” by Walter McDougall

By |2016-08-06T17:33:53-05:00March 19th, 2014|Categories: Books, History|Tags: , , , |

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1852 novel, The Blithedale Romance, has been overshadowed for many years by The Scarlett Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Perhaps its unsparing analysis of the psychology of utopian reformers still strikes a little too close to home for it to make its way onto reading lists at most schools [...]

The Challenge Confronting Conservatives: Sustaining a Republic of Hustlers

By |2013-11-24T20:49:25-05:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs|Tags: , , |

At our 2009 annual meeting, the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress was exposed to some surreal juxtapositions. First, the Librarian James Billington described the cultural impact of the global financial meltdown. University and public libraries lost a third to a half of their endowments or budgets, forcing them to lay off staff, suspend [...]