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Very Kingsley Amis

Introducing video to The Repository.

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Prohibition and Civilization

“The ideals and instruments of Puritanism are simply unworthy of a free people.”


The Character of Sir Robert Peel

“No man has come so near our definition of a constitutional statesman—the powers of a first-rate man and the creed of a second-rate man.”

Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke / Wikimedia Commons

On the Spirit of Patriotism

The obligations of a prudent opposition.

Randolph Bourne / Columbia University

Declaring War Doesn’t Make It Right

The challenge of democratic accountability in foreign policy.

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What Are the Costs of a Foreign Occupation?

“The American people have got this one question to answer.”

Young's Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City 1908. Rob Ketcherside /

The Cult of the Colossal

What it means to lose–and rediscover–the “human measure.”

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‘She Goes Not Abroad in Search of Monsters to Destroy’

America’s glory is not dominion, but liberty.

What Is a Traditional Society?

Why we should never separate morality and humanity from economics.

Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts of Liberty”

A conservative anarchist reflects on freedom “positive” and “negative.”

The Republic of Baseball

We are players or spectators of other sports, but citizens of baseball.

Where Are the American Conservatives?

Conservatives endure social reform with a conservative spirit. They don’t systematically oppose it.

The Making of a Common Will

The art of governing by the consent of 100 million opinions

The Mystery of Woodrow Wilson

Governor Wilson, endearing, courteous, became President, aloof, dictatorial, opportunistic.

Aphorisms on Moral Judgments in History

Good and evil lie close together. Seek no artistic unity in character.

Evolution, Individualism, and the End of the Family

The philosophies of the 19th century—statist and individualist alike—set the scene for social decay.

What America Can Learn from Kutusov

From education to decentralization, the Russian who beat Napoleon teaches victory by retreat.