Article Archive

Week 7: Natural Rights Conservatism—The Case of Leo Strauss

The political philosopher’s conservative admirers may have completely misunderstood him.

March 25, 2015

Week 6: Libertarianism—Revisiting Hayek

The libertarian icon respected tradition greatly—but only as a precondition of progress.

March 12, 2015

Week 5: Libertarianism—Sources and Themes

John Stuart Mill pioneered the libertarian assault on custom, and its willingness to force people to be free.

February 26, 2015

Week 4: Progressive Liberalism—Contemporary Voices

How can liberalism support more personal freedom yet less economic individualism—and is libertarianism our destiny?

February 19, 2015

Week 3: Progressive Liberalism—Sources and Themes

Dewey, Croly, and Rauschenbusch sought to transform classical liberalism’s emphasis on individualism.

February 11, 2015

Week 2–Classical Liberalism: Contemporary Voices

At the “end of history,” the liberal disciplining of power begins to undermine democracy itself.

February 5, 2015

Week 1–Liberalism: Sources and Themes

What John Locke and Tom Paine reveal about the origins of an ideology that surrounds us like an ocean.

January 28, 2015

Invitation to a Seminar—Liberalism and Conservatism

Studying six forms of belief that go to the heart of our contemporary political understanding.

January 21, 2015

Following the Science

From contraception to climate change, the quest to master nature will always put autonomy first.

September 25, 2014

How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

September 12, 2014

A Secular Age?

Liberalism is the latest form of Protestant religion, practiced from the academy to the culture wars.

September 3, 2014

Experiments in Living

John Stuart Mill’s liberalism emancipates the powerful from custom’s restraints—and ordinary Americans suffer for it.

January 16, 2014

Community or Leviathan?

E.J. Dionne overlooks the ways in which centralized government undermines communities.

May 21, 2013

Who Closed the American Mind?

Allan Bloom was brilliant, but wrong about Burke and multiculturalism

October 1, 2012

When Red States Get Blue

What’s the matter with Connecticut?

August 1, 2010