by W. Winston Elliott III
The Imaginative Conservative led off the week with George Gilder providing us with a functional definition of capitalism in his excellent essay, Governments Neither Create Wealth nor Effectively Redistribute It. Surfing the chasm between fantasy and reality, Stratford Caldecott pondered the moral influence of Stan Lee in Rider of the Spaceways. Lee Cheek praised a New Groundbreaking Study of Burke.
In Conservatism, Centralization, and Constitutional Federalism, George Carey explained why there is more than one legitimate interpretation of the Framers’ understanding of the division of powers. Clyde Wilson’s reflections centered on the influence of southern traditional values and Agrarian politics in Russell Kirk’s “Southern Valor”. Brad Birzer discussed ethics and the ephemeral Aristotle connection to the Founders in Happiness: Did the Greeks and the Founders Share a Definition?
In Seneca’s On The Shortness of Life: Required Reading Before the Final Exam Robert Woods discussed the importance of not wasting time in order to enjoy a life well and fully lived. Greg Weiner discussed Madison’s concern with harnessing or guiding impulsiveness and how this changed the tempo of our Constitution in Madison’s Metronome: The Sovereign Physician of our Passions.
Politics, religion, and the problems of government oppression were examined by Tracey Rowland in Totalitarian Liberalism a Mutant Form of Christianity? Mike Church took a look at what the Founders envisioned for our nation in The Founders Blurry Vision. Jeff Nelson wondered if popular support of the Constitution would stem the erosion in the federal government in his brilliant essay, Judicial Branch Sabotages Democracy’s Framework. Finally, Brian Domitrovic showed us why The First Gold Commission Scared the Dickens Out of the Fed.
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