Scholar and political theorist John Marini’s new book addresses the foundational constitutional problem of our age—how to rein in America’s unaccountable federal bureaucracy.
Better Angels is the organizational equivalent of marriage therapists for our polity, hoping to realize the Constitution’s more perfect union.
Mark Twain rejected the simplistic, good-guys-always-win type of Sunday school stories with overtly moral themes that he was raised on.
The Bible put a new political conception on the table: a state of a single nation that is united, self-governing, and uninterested in bringing its neighbors under its rule.
Today, it is nearly impossible to fire the 2.8 million federal bureaucrats who staff the executive agencies, from which they issue rules that directly affect the lives of Americans every day.
America is not whatever you want it to be. America is not freedom from worry. It is not free stuff from the taxpayer. It is not a guarantee that you will be successful in life.
Temperance, frugality, and courage are virtues that individuals must possess in order to be free.
James Madison is credited with debunking a prevailing suspicion that self-government was only possible on a smaller, state level.
As Americans, we must be completely clear that any form of royalty should be mocked and derided.
It is one thing for a guitar player to not understand the physics of a tube amplifier; it is another for a free citizen to not know the basics of the government he or she is part of.
This kind of government employee incompetence with horrific consequences is by no means limited to the Parkland killings. Instead, it is endemic to U.S. government.
Now is the time for neighbors, friends, and family to be more actively involved in creating a barrier between disturbed individuals and firearms.
Our republic is democratic in that it is controlled by public opinion, but our Constitution requires patience and persistence for the people to express that opinion through elections.
The third Western Heritage lecture focuses on ‘the Greek miracle.’ That’s the emergence of a political form that has become common today: self-rule.
While people in developed nations have more ‘free time’ and ‘vacation,’ they do not necessarily exercise leisure in its fullest sense.
The Narnian government was the opposite in almost every aspect to modern forms of government. Let’s look at C.S. Lewis’s suggestions for an ideal government.
Not widely read until after her untimely passing at age 41, Jane Austen’s works became popular around 15 years later, were all republished in 1832, and have not gone out of print since.
For all their talk of a free society, in England, as throughout Europe, people belong to the state. Not so in America! In America people belong to themselves and it is the state that belongs to the people.
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