First Principles

David Tucker’s Purity Test

A critical reader tries to make sense of a historian’s sweeping assertions about the Declaration of Independence, natural right, and national conservatism.

Finally, Rushdie

We can only hope that as a result of this shocking crime, some Westerners who’ve carefully toed the Muslim line on free speech will rediscover their voices and learn a long-overdue lesson in courage.

America Never Existed

We are in danger of losing not only the habits and institutions of republican self-government, but our very ability to remember and understand them. It will be as if America never existed.

How to Save Our Democracy

Congress has abdicated and handed over its power to undemocratic institutions run by officials neither elected by nor accountable to the electorate. If we fix that, maybe we can fix America. 

On Freedom

Put simply, freedom is the ability to act without constraint. It does not demand anything. It expects nothing.