Upping the Ante

David Carlin is an old-time Democrat, dismayed by the depths to which his party has sunk. Pining for the days when his coalition of choice was dominated by politicians innocently seeking to channel benefits to supporters, he laments its capture by a band of ideologues more interested in promoting moral license, irreligion, and racial animosityContinue reading “Upping the Ante”

Public Opinion & Propaganda

In this seminal essay, Robert Nisbet explains how our contemporary obsession with popular opinion constitutes a deadly distortion of the logic of genuine republican government. Though good government rests on the consent of the governed, and public policy ought to be based on a refinement of public views, this does not mean that rulers oughtContinue reading “Public Opinion & Propaganda”

Asking God and Intellect to Rule

“One who asks law to rule,” Aristotle observes, “seems to be asking god and intellect alone to rule, while one who asks man adds the beast.” By god, Aristotle means the supreme intellect, whose superiority consists partly in not relying on a limited supply of brain cells, and partly in being free of the passionsContinue reading “Asking God and Intellect to Rule”