First Principles

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.

The Way of Socialism

An absolute commitment to benevolence, like the road that is paved with good intentions, typically leads to an unprofitable destination.

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?