George W. Carey

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...

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

James Wilson Scholars familiar with the writings and career of James Wilson are struck by the discrepancy between the status accorded him by most constitutional historians and the magnitude of his contributions to...

George W. Carey1933-2013 We mourn the passing (Monday) of George W. Carey, Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative, longtime professor at Georgetown, and respected scholar in the political theory of the early...
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George Carey At the risk of seeming too parochial, I want to outline the dimensions of a problem that has been of special concern for me and other conservative students of the...
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The following is an excerpt from Georgetown professor George W. Carey’s indispensable book A Student’s Guide to American Political Thought. A uniqueness attaches to the...
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Winston Elliott inquired whether I would like to update an article I wrote for Modern Age in 2005, “The Future of Conservatism”. I have gladly accepted his invitation since it allows me to emphasize and expand upon certain...
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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...

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...
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In Defense of the Constitution, by George Carey Most Americans are puzzled that their belief in limited government is not matched by government officials who persistently intrude into their daily lives. Also,...

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...

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...