First Principles

The Scots and the Founders

Remembering the importance of alienable rights, so richly articulated by the Scottish Enlightenment, would help us better understand our unalienable rights.

‘Bring Me Some New Clichés’

Leo Strauss and his student Harry Jaffa understood that once philosophical insights and political principles ossify into clichés, they are no longer meaningful. 

Progressivism vs. Popular Sovereignty

From the perspective of the American ruling class, the only relevant incentive is to latch onto any "emergency" fig leaf to justify "enlightened" rule, typically imposed in a top-down fashion.