There are some books you get knowing ahead of time that you’re going to disagree with their theses, but they end up being worth the investment because they’re thoughtful, reasoned explorations of contrary viewpoints. Sometimes you get them to have a laugh, because you know the writer’s a performance artist and it’s all some sort of Andy Kaufman-style joke. And sometimes, you reach an intellectual dead end, and think hey, maybe this contrarian take can point me in a better direction! Sometimes you’re able to get what you paid for, and it all works out. Continue reading “REVIEW: Catholic Republic – Timothy Gordon (Sophia Institute Press, 2019)”
The cumulative total of American student loans hit $1.5 trillion earlier this year, spread out across a little over forty-four million people. According to Forbes, this makes loans for university count for the second highest form of consumer debt in the country, with only house mortgages beating it out. It should come as something of a surprise to hear that the sum total of all the car loans in the country still can’t even hold a candle to the borrowed expenses of the now mockingly-labeled “higher education” in this country. Continue reading “Student Loan Crisis or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Debt Slavery”
It doesn’t take a genius to note the decrepit state of modernity (take, for example, this blog). About as cliché, although slightly more respected, is the growing state of contemporary academia to take aim at liberalism—and not merely the liberalism of the clueless BernieBro bumper stickers and effete Starbucks-intoxicated opinions on veganism, but the legitimate roots of liberalism as characterized by Locke, Mill, Rousseau, and the rest. The so-called classical liberalism of the nineteenth century, the brand contemporary ‘conservatives’ claim to embrace so well, is undergoing a well-deserved attack by what remains of the academic right. Continue reading “REVIEW: Why Liberalism Failed – Patrick J. Deneen (Yale University Press, 2018)”
Chapters seven and eight detail the use of majority rule in the American nation, while chapter nine deals with the causes of stability that maintain America’s nationhood. This section concludes a great deal of the thought brought forward in the last several chapters, in particular the relationship between the social state of America versus that of European alternatives, the similarities of political thought between America and its former mother country England, as well as finding the line between a coherent democratic order and a rule of tyranny. Chapter nine concludes with the harbingers of what is to come in the Twentieth Century: the liberalization of the West and the rise of totalitarian doctrines. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (Part 5 of 13)”
Due to the length of chapter eight, summary and discourse on its contents has been given its own chapter in this guide. It concerns the federal constitution and the general composition of the American federal system.
Chapter 8 – Of the Federal Constitution
Finally, at about page 186, Tocqueville gets to what we modern Americans probably thought the book was going to be about on page one: the democratic order of the American federal government. He reiterates that, until this chapter, he has been concerned with explaining and detailing the structure of the social and governmental apparatuses that keep the government and people stable. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy In America (Part 3 of 13)”
Individual liberties! Rights! Equal protection under the law! Humbug. Find me an individual and that individual can have his rights. Who are we to disrespect the letter of the law, after all? But find me a man, and then try to name to me his universals. Find me a woman and do the same. And I don’t mean mere categorical statements of facts—that they live, are bipedal, have hearts and minds—but universal obligations owed to them by nature of their birth as human beings, divorced from the mandate of the state, and imbued upon them by God himself! Name me a universal natural right and there can be named at least ten exceptions, or ten instances where it is rendered meaningless, or ten reasons why it means nothing in the first place. Continue reading “Your Natural Rights Aren’t A Thing”