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?
conditions of freedom
Liberty matters and is tied to your economic choices.
We know too much, and we know too little. We have a lot of data and precious little wisdom. This is no way to run a country. And it’s no way to preserve a civilization.
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.
There is good and bad whataboutism. Blanket calls to ignore comparisons are usually done in bad faith.
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.
If you would be free, look to your hands.
If you don't hate Communism, you don't care about, much less love, people.
However, given the Left's largely successful elimination of Judeo-Christian and middle-class values, that achievement may not survive.
Popular conservative thinkers warn of the dangers of class warfare and everything-is-political thinking. But they can’t advise a subordinate class how to climb out of a pit.
More than ever we need a pause and a turn, a complete about-face, so as to rediscover and practice the original and best virtues.
Our civic and civilizational renewal must be informed by moral facts and truths inherent in our nature and ultimately bequeathed to us by the divine source of our rights and obligations.
Our country is not to be equated with our Capitol.
Benjamin Constant’s writing is as pertinent to our concerns today as it was in the immediate post-Napoleonic era.
Pretending things are basically fine and making nice won’t cut it.
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.
The ruling class knows that whether Donald Trump succeeds or fails to overturn the course of this election is irrelevant to the seeds that have been planted in the psyche of millions of Americans.
Will we learn from the lessons of the past and reject sacrificial revolution at its infancy or take the long, sad path of ignorant repetition?
The revolution long since destroyed the original American Republic in the minds, hearts, and habits of a critical mass of citizens. So now what?
This crisis is acute, and the hour is late. Like our forebears, we aim both to conserve and reform our institutions in light of enduring principles of justice.