American Republic

Pearl Street, Boulder, CO The beauty of Colorado’s Front Range continues to overwhelm me. I do not think it is a mere temporary giddiness as the Birzer family adjusts to its new home. Everything feels...

A year ago, while on a panel with that extraordinary radio personality, Mike Church, and a few folks from another website, I think I caused a bit of a stir by arguing that a real man’s...

Can an Englishman ever be an American? It is a simple enough question, to which, perhaps, there is ultimately a simple enough answer: Yes or no. The problem is that the simple answer begins as a...

George W. Carey There was a time not so long ago when Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and James Bryce’s American Commonwealth would be mentioned...

I think that, as many commenters very kindly suggested, my last essay, “Bad History: Rethinking the Whiggish American Orthodoxy”, left much room for further conversation. Mr. Elliott and Mr. Klugewicz have kindly allowed me to elaborate...
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It was with no small sense of vindication that Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation of 31 May 1913, declaring the Seventeenth Amendment duly ratified and incorporated into the fundamental laws of the United...

My goal in this essay is less to impart a specific teaching than to tell a story. This story, I first should point out, is not a myth made up for didactic purposes, as...

In his stunning book, States' Rights and the Union, the historian Forrest McDonald offers the best insights in print regarding the very complicated history of the understandings of sovereignty in early American...

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, Michael P. Federici, The John Hopkins University Press, 291 pages Toward the end of his work,...

Conservative publications, particularly The Imaginative Conservative, have recently published a number of articles defending the principles of the American Revolution. I suspect it has something to do with reaffirming the idea that the Founding Fathers were good...

    John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, by C. Bradley Thompson, Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1998. John Adams (1735-1826) was the most traditionalist of the American...

Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the “Other” Federalists, 1787-1788, eds. Colleen A. Sheehan and Gary L. McDowell. In contemporary discussions of the meaning of...

There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of...
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Happily, the latest installment of the Sagebrush Rebellion in Nevada ended without a stroke of violence. The snipers and counter-snipers were called off. Four hundred stolen head of cattle were rightfully returned by...