April, 2013

Scientific Racism

Scientific Racism

From my friend and former colleague at Hillsdale College, the unmatched Paul Rahe, on the “scientific racism” of the Progressives. No, that is not a typo. Progressive intellectuals a century ago — which meant virtually all intellectuals — were thoroughly caught up in the historicism and evolutionary theories of the 19th century, including what came to be known as...

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Economic Royalists

Economic Royalists

At least since the New Deal, we have heard much about what those with some owe to those with little. Franklin Roosevelt coined a term, “economic royalists,” that perfectly captured his view of those who achieved financial success through work and innovation. An Obligation Without Power Drawing from a much older theory of kingship, probably unknowingly, many have come to believe that...

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Boston Shows America’s Goodness

Boston Shows America’s Goodness

As our heads reel with news of the death of one Boston bomber and capture of his brother–as our emotions surge and sink, from joy to heartbreak, from relief to righteous anger–let us pause to remember something important here, now. The story of the Boston Marathon bombing has been gripping news. Americans across the country have been glued to their tvs, radios, and computers, trying...

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The Wit of Alexander “Publius” Hamilton

The Wit of Alexander “Publius” Hamilton

When the new Constitution was proposed to the American people in September, 1787, its critics came out swinging. Those opposed to the Constitution — and they were many, they were loud, and they were not stupid — adopted Roman pseudonyms in their pamphlets such as Brutus, Cato, etc. Why Roman? Because Rome was longest living republic in history, and everyone at that time was studying...

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Boston Marathon Massacre

Boston Marathon Massacre

I just heard news of the explosions in Boston. I know of no better way to describe such a thing than shameful cowardice. It was a terrible wrong, and my heart goes out to all who were hurt and the many more affected. Before we begin wringing our hands, however, at the political use of this event that will be made — and it will — let us be prepared to respond intelligently. Making...

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