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The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

Those who follow my work know that I have for some time been one of the few white guys today who speaks and writes openly, and apologetically, about the problem of Negro slavery in the American Founding. When my time on Earth is over, I’m sure this will earn me some kind of title as yet another dreaded “dead white male from an outdated past” by future historians—if any bother to take note...

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Republican Long-Term Strategy Looks Like Déjà vu All Over Again

Conservative Republicans seem to have come to the strategy, at least in speech, that progressives figured out a century ago: the key to advancing one’s agenda is long-term political investments and infrastructure that change the culture and inform public opinion, not short-sighted support for this campaign here, that ballot initiative there. But have Republicans actually adopted the strategy...

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Where Are We, and Where Should We Go?

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” So said Abraham Lincoln as he opened his famous “House Divided” speech in 1858, drawing upon an ancient notion of prudence found in the works of Aristotle. So say I in this opening issue of my newsletter, Doubting Thomas. This newsletter aims to serve several...

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Harry Neumann, R.I.P.

Harry Neumann, R.I.P.

I learned of the sad passing of Professor Harry Neumann. He was a long-time teacher of political philosophy at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate University in California. He was my teacher. When I was graduating from college, I had no idea what to do. I went to my friend and advisor, Paul Basinski, and told him I wanted to keep learning around thoughtful, serious people interested in...

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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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