Headlines That Should Have Been

As the Missouri headwaters begin to recede both Corps of Engineers and local officials up and down the river are warning that the next few weeks is the critical time for the levees. As the water goes down -- no longer putting pressure on the super-saturated levees -- the levees tend to slide into the …

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Liberty

"Liberty" is one of those loosey-goosey words which can mean different and often contradictory things and therefore means nothing in an objective sense in contemporary discourse. In order to sort out what we mean when we use the term I want to begin with Isaiah Berlin, an English political theorist who wrote in the mid-20th …

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The Heresy of Individualism?

James Matthew Wilson wrote an essay which is part of an ongoing conversation, parts of which are in the First Things journal, the Distributist Review journal and Front Porch Republic online journal entitled Libertarian Solutions to Communal Difficulties. His references to the various conversationalists can be confusing if one hasn't kept up with the conversation. …

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Individual Liberty and Statism

Patrick Deneen argues (drawing from the sociologist Robert Nisbet) that an emphasis on individualism (and specifically the sort of individualism celebrated by our Founding Fathers and enshrined in the constitution) leads directly and inexorably to Statism. Statism is a logical and even inevitable consequence of individualism – and thus, that the apparently opposite and conflicting …

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