Willmoore Kendall

A Response to Ken Masugi’s “The Right against America”

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Ken Masugi argues that conservatives and libertarians must be “radical to grasp the truth.” He certainly is radical in casting Robert Nisbet and, with him, it would seem, other Burkeans who see little platoons rather than isolated individuals as the

Creed, Conservation and the American Founding

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July 4 is separated from Bastille Day by a week and a half on the calendar but by eons in political culture.  The interim is an appropriate interval for reflection on why exactly the two events were so different.  One

The Conservative Mind at 60: Russell Kirk’s Unwritten Constitutionalism

The Conservative Mind at 60: Russell Kirk’s Unwritten Constitutionalism

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In his great work, The American Republic, written in 1866, the American Catholic political writer Orestes Brownson – who ranks with Calhoun and John Adams as among the finest political minds America has produced, and who still remains somewhat

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We Are All Federalists, We Are All Antifederalists

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Gordon Lloyd persuades us to arm our resistance to bureaucratic, total government today by appealing to the Antifederalists of the founding era. “The constitutional impediments to the completion of the Progressive national democracy project actually rest on promoting the Antifederalist

‘The True Sage of Woodstock’

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How can reasonable men and women reclaim equality over and above egalitarianism? The first principled step is to get right with our compromised Declaration of Independence. This Declaration both affirms equality in self-government and reconciles our deeply contrasting Lockeanism

Restoring the Deliberate Sense of the Community

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A friend from high school, distressed by the results of Tuesday’s balloting, circulated a prayerful plea that President Obama’s re-election indicates “our nation is in a sinful state” whose consequences we must “suffer” until we repent our “wicked ways.”

This

From the Nation State to the New Church

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Mankind is not easily rid of theology once it gets the bug. The nation-state tried to erase the distinction between earthly power and absolute right, but the attempt failed, with the result that the modern nation-state, its professed secularism notwithstanding,