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Anniversary of the Civil War

December 28, 2010 by  

This coming year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. E.J. Dionne, at the WaPo, posts an article on getting the cause for the war correct before the remembrance begins: When the war started, leaders of the Southern rebellion were entirely straightforward about this. On March 21, 1861, Alexander Stephens, the Confederacy’s vice president, gave what came to be known as the “Cornerstone speech”... 

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Is Democracy Dangerous?

December 14, 2010 by  

In a review of The Servile Mind:  How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue (amazon) Mark Blitz restates the classic paleo position on culture via Minogue: Minogue is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the London School of Economics. In his case, one may actually say distinguished without choking on ironic bile, not least because he laments a world in which the deference has disappeared... 

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The Constitution at Last

December 8, 2010 by  

Charles Kesler (Claremont-McKenna College) has a nice essay on the importance of the Constitution.  Is the Constitution important?  Should it be so?  We are reminded of this from the recent Ryan v. Brooks debate at AEI.  There are real differences about the value of the Constitution (read, the meaning of America).  Kesler points out the debate crosses political boundaries: For the Framers, rights were attributes of individual... 

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