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George W. Carey

George W. Carey
George W. Carey (1933-2013) was Professor of Government at Georgetown University and a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. He was the author of In Defense of the Constitution and The Federalist: Design for a Constitutional Republic. He was co-author, with Willmoore Kendall, of The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition. He was also co-editor of numerous books including The Federalist Papers: The Gideon Edition, The Most Dangerous Branch: The Judicial Assault on American Culture and Community and Tradition.
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A survey of the present American political scene provides, I believe, the background and point of departure for examining more permanent and basic aspects of American institutions and politics that pose enormous obstacles to the...
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The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, by Gene Healy "Taken by and large," Edward Corwin wrote, "the history of the presidency is a history of aggrandizement, but the story is...
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The chief difficulty in assessing the state of contemporary American conservatism is arriving at some understanding of its nature and meaning. What makes this task so difficult is that conservatism, unlike liberalism, is not an ideology. Proof of...

My purpose is to set forth and explore the ramifications of two different conceptions or paradigms of American federalism whose roots can be traced to The Federalist essays of both Hamilton and Madison. Certain conclusions flow from...

American Political Writing During the Founding Era: 1760-1805, compiled by Charles S. Hyneman and Donald S. Lutz. These beautifully produced volumes represent the most ambitious effort to date to remedy a significant...
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Two posts by our good friend Winston Elliott serve as my point of departure. The first (on 3 May) was entitled, “What is the proper role of military power for a Republic?,” and raised...

There is no dearth of studies on the political thought of the American founding era. Yet there is no consensus on what theories, values, or goals were uppermost in the minds of...

The first essay of The Federalist provides a convenient point of departure for exploring Publius's conception of republicanism and the problems associated with it. Towards the end of this essay, he informs...
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The recent flap over the WikiLeak disclosures reminded me of lessons I drew from my experiences as a communications officer in the Marines with top secret crypto clearance. When I was with the 6th fleet in the Mediterranean...

My good friend, Bruce Frohnen, poses a question ("An isolated, but not Pacifist, query") that I take the liberty to reformulate as follows: Aren't the American people—whom I had held up as our best...

Winston does well in bringing Robert Nisbet's teaching to bear upon the basic problems we confront (War, Crisis and Centralization of Power). An assigned reading in my contemporary American conservative course at Georgetown is...