On Intersections

Every lack presents an opportunity, but only if you have people with the inclination and the power to seize it. The Colonial Pipeline is only the latest example.

A Forgotten Piety

We should honor our forebears for what they bequeathed to us, and squirm a little, because we would be hard put to say what we are leaving for our children, supposing that we have any.

What is the Goal?

Are today’s Progressives just individualists of the groin, as too many conservatives are simply individualists of the wallet?

Sanctity and Liberty

Our freedom is not to be measured by what our laws permit us to do, but by what our habits and the innumerable features of our culture give us the power to accomplish without the oversight of law.

Tearing Down Our Castles

Home and family, bulwarks of freedom and freedom-making in their turn, are hated by those who hate mankind and want to subject it to vast systems of social and political control.

Practical Freedom, Part III

How free are a people? Tell me whether they know the names of their neighbors along the block, and what their children are doing on a sunny day in June.

Practical Freedom

At every pass we have absorbed laws, not of morality, which are liberating, but of etiquette, which is a curb on adventure and genius, and of security and sloth, which deaden the soul.

Trust Across the Ages

What we’re after cannot be captured in statistics: some sense of how far our practical liberty extends, protected not by policemen, penal codes, or forensic criminology but by trust in our countrymen.