Progressive conservatism speaks to the disinterested desire to promote the common good.
Revolutionary violence is always an indictment of a political system’s democratic legitimacy.
If we all felt about America as we did not so long ago, there could never be a breakup, but there's little in David French's book about such patriotism.
We might think that we’ve followed all the rules but still wonder whether something more is wanted of us. The moral life is more than the rule-driven life.
The American originalist is resolutely uninterested in other countries, even those that are just as free and committed to the rule of law.
Either implicitly or explicitly, originalists make a normative claim about the superiority of the American constitution.
With the collapse of libertarianism, we await a restatement of conservatism for our times, shorn of aprioristic theories of natural law.
Originalism is a form of legal positivism and as such is devoid of moral force, except as a covert method of subverting a dominant left-liberal tradition.
The real conflict in our politics centers on reforming massive levels of public corruption.
Will America follow other presidential regimes down the road to one-man rule, or will it return to the imagined country of the past?
F.H. Buckley is a professor at Scalia Law School and the author of Progressive Conservatism (Encounter Books, 2022).