Bacon-Wrapped Freak Show

We went to see the Guy Fieri Road Show last night (at the Orpheum in Sioux City). He's a celebrity cook hawking a new cookbook so I assumed it would be a cooking show … … well, not exactly. It was more along the line of a rock-n-roll freak show, served with bacon, mirepoix, bacon, …

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Liberty, Virtue, and Tyranny

Patrick Deneen, Georgetown Univ. political philosopher, quoting Aristotle, says, in a speech given at the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, Poland, that to "live as one likes," is the very definition of tyranny. "However, realizing that no one of us can achieve the condition of all-powerful tyrant, we agree instead to the second-best option of living …

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Alexander Hamilton on the Necessary Extent of Federal Authority

Here's another interesting tidbit from the Federalist Papers (in this case, Federalist No. 23 by Alexander Hamilton): The question at hand is whether the proposed federal government (that is, the proposed constitution which was subsequently ratified) should be "intrusted [sic] with the care of the common defense." Hamilton answers in the affirmative. The common defense …

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Another Word on the Federalist Papers: What about Virtue?

After a highly critical essay on the Federalist Papers, I do want to say something more about them, but in a more positive light, focusing on Federalist Papers No. 18 & 19. Written by Madison with the assistance from Hamilton, these two essays offer an historical perspective and critique on European politics in the decades …

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Expanded Federal Power … That Would be too much Bother (according to Hamilton)

One of my current reading projects is the Federalist Papers. I became seriously aware of their significance when I taught U.S. History, and what I learned about them disturbed me a great deal. I downloaded a copy (available at Project Gutenberg) and finally have made the time to read them. I know many conservatives adore …

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