The promise of bloodshed coming alongside or following shortly after is an historic certainty. The symbols of a people never satisfy: People themselves must always come next.
The French Revolution began with optimistic Age of Enlightenment slogans about ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité,’ before quickly degenerating into the darkened recesses of human nature.
All of metric’s shortcomings come back to the same point: it is great for science, but does not fit with the way people live their everyday lives.
Author and social critic Os Guinness lays out how America’s understanding of freedom is also our Achilles’ heel. Listen now to The Federalist Radio Hour.
In America’s reddest state, moderation and prudence are increasingly seen as a betrayal of conservatism and a reason to purge the GOP.
Conservatives (and libertarians) must confront the Enlightenment’s failures, and address the philosophical triumph of its critics.
Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left.
Steven Pinker oversimplifies the Enlightenment by claiming it pits reason against faith. In fact, the Enlightenment sprung from Christian ideas of nature.
Tearing down Confederate statues, or any monuments from our history, will not change the past. But it will make for a poorer, less enlightened future.
Edmund Burke advocated for a political version of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper.’ Take the old, and revive it. Fix what’s broken—don’t just start over.
The French Revolution and the Trump campaign are marked by an acute loss of restraint while demanding a redress of legitimate grievances.
Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun created attractive, engaging images that were designed to tell the viewer what the sitter wanted them to know.
‘The pursuit of happiness’ shouldn’t confuse people who study the American founders.
The dispute between John Adams and Edmund Burke can illuminate today’s differences between American and European conservatives.
Charles Kesler interviews Yuval Levin on Edmund Burke and the radicalism and conservatism of the American Founding.
It’s remarkably unfashionable to study—or even talk about—the West these days.
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