A Letter to Samuel Adams

“The multitude, therefore, as well as the nobles, must have a check.”

September 10, 2012

The Reactionary Rousseau

Was the dark prophet of progress a Jacobin or a Jeffersonian?

September 4, 2012

Anarchist’s Progress

A child’s taste of party politics leads to a lifetime of anti-statism.

August 27, 2012

The Fallacy of Territorial Extension

Our federated republic wasn’t designed for empire.

August 20, 2012

The Convenient State

Why constitutional conservatism is not about perfect justice.

August 13, 2012

Read, Do Not Run

Our leading cultural critic reviews Mortimer J. Adler’s How to Read a Book.

July 30, 2012

The New American Radicals

Anti-conservatism and elite-bashing mob rule, from the Jacobins to Joe McCarthy

July 23, 2012

The End of the Moderns

The anti-modernism of D.H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley

July 16, 2012

What Is the Use of Art Anyway?

A philosopher and historian of Indian art contemplates “the right way of making things.”

July 11, 2012

Was There an American Revolution?

The war for independence transformed society without leading to Terror.

July 4, 2012

The Detached Vision

Jacob Burckhardt’s equanimity is a thing to venerate, if not imitate.

June 4, 2012

America’s Young Radicals

A high Tory welcomes them, but finds the socialist generation confused.

May 30, 2012

Interpreting India to the West

What does Buddha have in common with Aristotle and Christianity?

May 21, 2012

What Are the Purposes
of a Foreign Policy?

There are only two: to protect our liberty and to secure peace. Wars of choice undermine both.

May 12, 2012

A Note on the Art of Political Conversion

Reason is not the force behind ideology.

May 11, 2012

The Value of Useless Knowledge

It renders a person unfit for statism.

May 7, 2012

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

A president’s prophecy of the military-industrial complex

April 26, 2012