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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Lent, The Wilderness, and Spring a Bit Sooner than Back Home

Tomorrow is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, so we are now well into the Triodian (the three Sundays before Great Lent). How better to prepare for Lent than spend 40 minutes in The Wilderness? "The Wilderness" referred to here isn't the Sinai, only the wilderness at the boarding school where we are temporarily living. …

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Some Thoughts on Living above the Rules

The cadets here at Chamberlain-Hunt live a very regimented life. To illustrate, I will describe what happens when they eat. Before meals they form up into their platoons and companies at the parade deck and march to the Dining Facility. Each company waits outside and when the line clears the company enters the Dining Facility …

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