First Principles

Granting Value to the World

By making happiness incompatible with man’s essence, Schopenhauer found himself deaf to Goethe’s wisdom: “If you want to delight in life, then you must grant value to the world.”

‘Let It Run’

The Declaration of Independence says revolutionary change should not be undertaken for “light and transient causes.” We are well past that now.

Slow-Motion Suicide of the West

Some people thought James Burnham’s identification of liberalism with civilization’s suicide was hyperbolic. In light of American institutions’ embrace of anti-Americanism, what would they say now? 

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.

Embracing the Divine   

That we begin now, this springtime, to embrace the divine in our lives more fully, more resolutely, and more gratefully than ever, is an Easter and Passover prayer for all of us.

Lessons from the Edge of Liberty

If Americans choose to fight the coming authoritarian leviathan, they should examine the history of other political movements and the resulting lessons learned at the edge of liberty and tyranny.