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Iraq and the Bloody Price of Lies

BY SELWYN DUKE Western civilization lied and people died. It lied, that is, to itself. I am referring to Iraq, but not to the hapless George...

Is Grief an Evil?

BY STEVE FARRELL Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 10 Is grief an evil? More to the point, is there something fundamentally wrong with you or...

GOD AND LIBERTY: A libertarian challenge to secular liberalism

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST When Benjamin Franklin introduced his grandson to Voltaire shortly before the latter’s death in 1778, that great opponent of the Catholic...

The politics of St. Paul

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “ is the minister of God to thee for good”...

God and Jesus, Politics and Government

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions....

Cop: I’d Love to “Bang down Your Door and Come for Your Gun”

BY SELWYN DUKE How would you feel if a police officer you knew for 20 years told you that if an order was issued to...

The Prospect for Freedom: Can the U.S. Sustain Its Experiment in Self-Government?

LIBERTY LETTERS OS GUINNESS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In establishing a free republic, the Founders had to tackle three major tasks. The first task was winning freedom—the objective...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY But Surely, I will be told, even if a rebirth of...

Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence

DIARMUID F. O'SCANNLAIN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract As a natural law thinker, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story believed that human nature is inherent and unchangeable. Story wrote...

Immigration and National Survival

BY SELWYN DUKE When pondering our obsession with immigration, I’m reminded of how people in the ridiculous dystopian film Idiocracy were watering their crops...

Three Fundamentals as to Why I Oppose Gun Control

BY STEVE FARRELL I am firmly opposed to the President's unconstitutional and dangerous-to-liberty gun grab, whether they be accomplished through the front door of Congress,...

Mortimer J. Adler: The Good Life and the Good Society

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Politics is sometimes regarded as the sovereign or controlling discipline in the practical order -- the order of action. It...

Some Thoughts on Justice – Mortimer J. Adler

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. With regard to the idea of justice, the central and predominant controversy consists in a three-sided dispute. There are three...

Is This Freedom? – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Fyodor Dostoevsky The world has proclaimed the reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this...

That Peaceable Front for Unprincipled Power

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Edmund Burke Kings are ambitious; the nobility haughty; and the populace tumultuous and ungovernable. Each party, however in appearance peaceable,...

Bankston—Jonathan Israel’s, “Radical Enlightenment”

Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 BY CARL L. BANKSTON III By the end of the European middle ages, a Christianized version of Aristotelian philosophy...

Edmund Burke on the ‘Unfittest Person on Earth’

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Edmund Burke A powerful voice on the other side of the Atlantic, yet on this side so far as his...

Power Against People: A Christian Critique of the State

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST Introduction Ever since that period in European history known as the ‘18th century Enlightenment,’ the idea has firmly taken root in Western...

Just Law: From God or Man?—Selwyn Duke

BY SELWYN DUKE When Joe Biden was asked about abortion in the vice-presidential debate last Thursday, he replied with what, in part, has become boilerplate....

Beyond Obama's Words: The Philosophy of Redistribution

BY JACK KERWICK Whether he is at a conference of like minded colleagues, speaking to Joe the Plumber, or making campaign stump speeches, Barack Obama...

Political Parties and the Common Good

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. I. INTRODUCTION 1. This paper has a twofold intention. a. The first is to discuss the problem of political parties, -- their...

Declaration v. Manifesto

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Published in The Center Magazine, IX Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions September-October, 1976 In this Bicentennial year, we have a double...

Robert Bork: The Lessons to be Learned

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. I. INTRODUCTION Judge Robert Bork's The Tempting of America has two express aims. The first is to account for his experiences...

The Making of World Government: A radio discussion with Mortimer Adler, G. A. Borgese...

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Around the Round Table… Mortimer J. Adler, professor of the philosophy of law at the Law School of the University of...

Thinking Straight on War and Peace

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Some answers men have given to the problem of war and peace...a tallying of the pessimist and the optimist views   Contemporary...

The Future of Democracy: A Swan Song

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The last great book in political theory -- a work that stands in the line of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Marsilius,...

Six Amendments to the Constitution

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Three features in the Constitution have a bearing on its future -- they point to its alterability and give direction...

World Peace in Truth

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The prospects for a world community and world peace are necessarily linked to a prior question concerning cultural unity. And...

Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution

Prepared by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D., and Robert Hutchins PREAMBLE The people of the earth having regard that the advancement of man in spiritual excellence and...

We Hold These Truths: Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Address to the Commonwealth Club of California: Constitutional government did not originate with us. The Greek city-states were republics and had...