Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Looking for Student Scholars and Interns for 2014-2015

June 24, 2014 by  

For the West Liberty University Community, the Center is looking for new student scholars and interns for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Please apply now by sending to the professor noted in the About page, your letter of interest, and a resume.  Include in your letter of interest why you would like to be considered for the position.  Both positions come with a small stipend.  Read More →

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Erler on Citizenship

February 26, 2011 by  

Prof. Ed Erler of CSUSB writes in “Defining Citizens” that the notion of birthright citizenship is not something that should be assumed: By itself, birth within the territorial limits of the United States, as the case of the Indians indicated, did not make one automatically “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States. And “jurisdiction” did not mean simply subject to the laws of the United States... 

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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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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)

November 25, 2010 by  

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which... 

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Did Lincoln Come to Support Emancipation?

October 7, 2010 by  

Or was it that he believed in the rights of all men all along?  Allen Guelzo levels a devastating critique at historian Eric Foner in this review of his new book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery: Mr. Foner’s use of “growth” functions in the same way. Lincoln may have begun his ascent as a hesitant, racist, capital-mongering politician, we’re told, but lo! he grew into the... 

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Liberty, Law, & James Wilson

September 17, 2010 by  

We commend to your reading this essay:  James R. Zink, “The Language of Liberty and Law:  James Wilson on America’s Written Constitution,” American Political Science Review 103, no., 3 (August 2009) :  442-455 See here for the blog post on this essay.  Read More →

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Happy Fourth of July

September 16, 2010 by  

Happy 4th of July! On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee brought a resolution to the floor: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. There was much debate. More time was needed for the delegates... 

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The Center Welcomes Michael Zuckert

March 17, 2009 by  

Michael P. Zuckert, Ph.D Speaking Monday, March 15th: “Slavery & the Constitutional Convention of 1787” Zuckert (B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D, University of Chicago, 1974) is a Notre Dame professor, and has written on the Constitution, the American Founding, and John Locke. He is the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor, works in political philosophy, American constitutional law and theory, and American political thought.... 

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