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October 27

by Winston Elliott, III

The Imaginative Conservative began the week with Cicero in We Retain the word “Republic” Long After We Have Lost the Reality. Michael Federici followed with his thoughts on republican government and an explanation for why Imperialism Destroys the Constitutional Republic. In Pledged to enforce the Constitution and Restore the Republic, we offered Barry Goldwater’s statement on how he intended to restore the principles of limited government. Continuing our look at government, George W. Carey examined how a shifting of powers represents the greatest threat to our republic in The Presidency: A Realistic Reappraisal.

Next, Peter Lawler gave us his examination of the ideas of truth, relativism, and of flat souls in Allan Bloom and Souls Without Longing. In Severing the Ties That Bind: Women, the Family, and Social Institutions, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese considered the implications of the political, social, and personal history of women. We looked back to a different political era with Patrick J. Buchanan’s analysis on the place of conservatism within the Republican Party in McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners? In A Theology of Football, John Willson discussed the use of Christian expression and theology in sports.

Reconciling history with contemporary politics, Brian Domitrovic argued that Obama’s Historical Illiteracy Marches On when it comes to foreign policy and economics. In Eisenhower: Visionary Statesman or Perennial Golfer?, Bradley J. Birzer searched the essays of his university days and unearthed this piece on historical mythology through “selective interpretation.” Turning to one of our Founders for guidance, Gary Gregg detailed Alexander Hamilton’s view on the Constitution’s method for selecting the President in Unpopular Vote.

Russell Kirk may not have seen himself as a political theorist, but John P. East certainly did in this excellent essay on Russell Kirk as a Political Theorist. We turned once more to the founding for John Adams thoughts on Voting: A Solemn Trust. Next, Robert Woods examined the multifaceted intellect of Ray Bradbury: A Bright Life That Burned Right. We concluded our week in the world of modern economics with Ralph Ancil’s look at Wilhelm Roepke and The Well-Ordered House.

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