The fruit of the vine can induce the fruit of benefaction, and who's opposed to that?
Not so long ago, arguments about justice—indeed moral arguments in general—recurred to the standard of nature. Today, however, in the schoolhouse, the courthouse, and the White House, the idea of nature as a moral compass is usually dismissed as nonsense, writes Glenn Ellmers in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
The environment problem has long been an intellectual problem and political albatross for conservatives. Yet, nothing should be more natural for a conservative than care for nature, writes Steven F. Hayward in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
For Harry V. Jaffa in A New Birth of Freedom
, Abraham Lincoln is the profoundest defender of American republicanism, and American republicanism is a kind of counterpart to the ancient city and the holy city of the medieval world.
The Electoral College is a crucial part of the Framers' machinery for combining democracy with constitutionalism and the rule of law. It ensures that the president will be chosen not by a plebiscitary majority but by a constitutional one, distributed by states and moderated by the need to accommodate a variety of interests and viewpoints, writes Charles R. Kesler in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
are the best Americans so lacking in self-knowledge that they cannot know their own country better than a visitor who generalized so much about America that his second volume is largely aphorisms, with few proper nouns, asks Ken Masugi in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
There is such a thing as morality and decency in the arts, and that to be shocked and offended by their blatant violation doesn't make someone a prude or a philistine, writes Martha Bayles in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
Properly understood, the principle of divided sovereignty meant that neither the states nor the federal government could destroy the other. Secession was not only impractical, but intrinsically wrong, writes Herman Belz in the Fall 2000 Claremont Review of Books
Bill Clinton ran roughshod over the Constitution in the service of a cynical 'politics of caring.' And the Republicans helped, writes Ben Boychuk in the Claremont Review of Books.
The diversity of interests in a large republic require a government that prevents one group from becoming a tyrannizing majority. Institute fellow Julie Ann Ponzi explains how the Constitution insures that the reason and consent of the governed reigns supreme.
Yes, the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America may set moral criteria for its membership. But, as Director of Publications Ben Boychuk explains, that hasn't stopped the ACLU from continuing its assault on the Scouts' First Amendment rights.
When George Bush talks about tax reform, he rarely uses language that casts doubt on what government does or how wasteful programs are. The rhetoric of America's Founders, writes Institute fellow Matthew Robinson, forced the government to answer to the people.
One might argue that today, in a world that is dominated by the modern doctrines of historicism, relativism, nihilism, and positivism, Abraham Lincoln may be our best guide to restoring an authentic understanding of moral reality and returning us to the true perspective of the citizen, thus better enabling us to fulfill the Socratic dictum to know thyself, by being able to know what it means to be a human being, writes Thomas L. Krannawitter.
Dr. Laura understands, in a way few people do today, that there has been a long and sustained attack on all that we hold dear, as Americans, and as parents.Â The enemy is well organized and motivated.Â What they lack in rational and moral capital, they make up with deep resources in our media, our colleges, and our legislative halls.Â But make no mistake, the good doctor knows what we are up against.
Ken Masugi warns us not to embrace the civil theology of multicultural openness, espoused by vice-presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman.
Larry Peterman knows Al Gore is no tyrant, But recent characteristics of Gore's thought point towards the classic justification for tyranny.
How much influence will former President Bush have over his son's administration if elected in November? 2000 Abraham Lincoln Fellow John Meroney looks to history for the answer.
Senior fellow Charles Kesler reviews Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches
, By William F. Buckley, Jr.
Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney has met a media reception that reminds many Americans about what is wrong with the Washington press, writes adjunct fellow Matthew Robinson.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is back in the news, this time with predictions and observations on Clinton's legacy and the 2000 race, and a breathtaking ignorance of Roman history, writes Institute fellow Matthew Robinson.
Lincoln had the political theory of the Founders behind him when he refused to permit the South to destroy the Union, writes Institute fellow Mackubin Thomas Owens.
Anti-death penalty hysteria is fueled by fraudulent statistical studies and a misplaced sense of fairness, write senior fellow Edward J. Erler and Brian P. Janiskee.
The 21st century in American politics began May 15, 2000. On that day, Texas Gov. George W. Bush proposed his "Saving Social Security" plan, writes Institute fellow James E. Higgins.
Recent reports concerning the success of Minnesota's welfare reform are not only greatly exaggerated, they are unlikely ever to come true, write Institute fellows John H. Hinderaker and Scott W. Johnson.
Abraham Lincoln stands not only as America's greatest president but also as its greatest lawyer, write Adjunct Fellows John H. Hinderaker and Scott W. Johnson.
is more than another story of the rejection of an alien force committing atrocities on American soil, writes Ken Masugi.
The Texas state constitution can no longer be read before a Texas public high school football game. Publius fellow
V. Phillip Muñoz explains why.
Institute fellow Matthew Robinson warns of the dangers of public opinion polls and the problems in allowing these polls to drive policy decisions.
We live in a remarkable time when the idea of patriotism is suspect, at least in the eyes of critics, academics and the press, writes Institute fellow Matthew Robinson.
Eloise Anderson praises the fathers who have beaten the odds and done the right thing.
Eloise Anderson explains why the new California state budget will hurt the people it most desires to help.
Another month, another standardized-test cheating scandal....as long as educators, school bureaucrats, and the political defenders of the status quo refuse to reform, the cheating will get worse, writes Adjunct Fellow Matthew Robinson. A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2000 edition of The Baltimore Sun
Conservatives will be watching to see if Bush has any compassion to spare for the Constitution. If he wants to demonstrate gravitas, here is a Lincolnian occasion for it, writes senior fellow Charles R. Kesler.
Ben Boychuk and Matthew Robinson answer the question, "is government-run day care the next great weapon in the fight against crime"?
The aftermath of the Elian snatching offers further evidence of how polling in fact may undermine public discourse and basic liberties, argues Institute fellow Matthew Robinson.
The case of Elian Gonzalez is reminiscent of another shameful episode in American history the federal enforcement of fugitive slave laws in the 1850s, writes Mackubin Thomas Owens.
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment was never intended to prohibit government from advancing religion and morality, and Director of Academic Programs Thomas L. Krannawitter explains why.
California's Three Strikes Law is not a failure. In fact, say Edward J. Erler and Brian P. Janiskee, it is working better than hoped.
Ben Boychuk discusses the need for school children to learn the teachings of the Declaration of Independence and the recent efforts in Arizona to do just that.
The forces of ignorance are winning in our country, argues Matthew Robinson. But how long can an ignorant society continue to be free?
The art of polling is not an exact science, notes Matthew Robinson. But when polls are taken the public listens to them, especially when the subject is taxes and government spending.
Nobody ... except for politicians and the press. But certainly not the voters, who are the only people who count, write Ben Boychuk and Institute fellow Bennett E. Cooper.
Senior Fellow Charles R. Kesler on the difference between John McCain and George W. Bush.
Mark Helprin asks: Is John McCain trying to convince Republicans to vote for him, or is he trying to convince Republicans to change the ideals of their party?
President Larry P. Arnn explains why critics of New Jersey's "Declaration of Independence" recitation bill contradict themselves.
Distinguished Fellow William Rusher answers the charge that the conservative movement is "leaderless, rudderless and issueless. . . ."
"While the part of the Lost Cause interpretation that stresses the valor of the soldiers is true, the part that claims that 'states' rights' and not slavery was the cause of the war is demonstrably false." Mackubin Thomas Owens.
Is Steve Forbes one of a dying breed of candidates? According to Forbes, ideas still matter and principles are worth defending in presidential politics.
There are many life lessons that we can learn from Abraham Lincoln. Senior fellow Dan Palm reflects on one of the most important of them.
Senior fellow Edward Erler analyzes the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding contribution limits.
Are limits on the amount of money that individuals may contribute to political campaigns a violation of the First Amendment? Distinguished fellow Harry V. Jaffa explains why.
The education establishment clearly does not want reform, and it will go to great lengths to avoid it, writes Institute fellow Matt Robinson.
G"allup's results represent a change in public perceptions about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. For now. But the real story is how the media and pollsters affect our democratic institutions." — Matt Robinson.
A&E's recent special about George Washington, 'The Crossing', engages in the willful distortion of history, writes senior fellow Douglas Jeffrey.
Has the judicial branch of our government become too powerful, or even tyrannical? Institute Vice President Tom Krannawitter addresses this question.