The Fire and the Dream

– November 24, 2021

“The Fire Is Upon Us goes deeply into Buckley’s and Baldwin’s longstanding positions on civil rights and race, thus acquainting us better with the full dimensions of the issue—probably the most consequential one of the whole brimming decade.” ~ David B. Frisk


Who Was Buckley?

– November 24, 2021

“For the many nostalgic conservatives with strong emotional investments in Buckley, the fading of familiarity with him among his countrymen hurts a little, and should.” ~ David B. Frisk


’Till Tireless Propaganda Tames’: C.S. Lewis’ Prescient Warning

– November 2, 2021

“Our government’s power is granted by us, for us, which is why government is limited and constitutionally forbidden from taking our individual, God-given rights. Hold the line and remember.” ~ Jon Sanders


Adam Smith and Problems with the New Paternalism

– October 30, 2021

“Dynamic perspectives on welfare exacerbate the error-identification problem. If we ourselves are in the process of discovering our values, how can an external party possibly arrange our choices such that they make us better off as judged by ourselves?” ~ Erik Matson


We at 100: The Case for Liberty

– October 27, 2021

“Yet Zamyatin leaves readers with hope, as valuable now as it was in 1921. As I-330 says, there is no final number, so ‘how can there be a final revolution? There is no final one. The number of revolutions is infinite.’ Even when liberty seems most at risk, it is never truly lost.” ~ Caroline Breashears


Principles, Not Coercion, Are the Source of Unity

– October 23, 2021

“True unity, our shared humanity, must rest on the principle of natural rights. Rights-based unity leads to cooperation and harmony based on respect for voluntary choices made by individuals, especially when their choices differ from our own.” ~ Barry Brownstein


Let’s Save Liberal Education by Rethinking It

– October 21, 2021

“Those of us who believe there is more to life than consumption and production have a duty to explain why liberal education matters. It is a duty that is not only to ourselves but, more importantly, to our students, if we wish them to be good citizens and good people, and truly to be free.” ~ Lee Trepanier


The Hume-Rousseau Affair

– October 19, 2021

“The blow-up between two of Europe’s most illustrious intellectuals was an affaire célèbre throughout Europe at the time. The two protagonists could not have disagreed more in their moral and political tendencies and influence.” ~ Daniel B. Klein


Liberalism Then and Now

– October 3, 2021

“A puzzle remains, namely, what has transformed liberalism from the staunch preserver of liberty, with John Stuart Mill being its most celebrated spokesman, to ‘St. George,’ the righteous zealot, who vows to slay all human sufferings?” ~ Habi Zhang


Review of Edward Younkins, Exploring Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s Magnum Opus

– October 2, 2021

“Atlas Shrugged It is a book filled with ideas that everyone should spend a lot of time considering, and Edward Younkins’ Exploring Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s Magnum Opus will make that pondering easier and more fruitful.” ~ Art Carden


There’s No Such Thing as “Market Fundamentalism”

– September 24, 2021

“Minds Wide Shut provides a worthwhile introduction, but it calls for much more work. I would suggest to Morson and Schapiro that they revise the book to focus on true fundamentalist thinking and leave out their misleading and ill-conceived attack on ‘market fundamentalism.'” ~ George Leef


When Diktats and Conscience Conflict

– September 21, 2021

“Grotius was a great liberal because he saw that everyone has moral agency, as an individual: Rulers are to be judged by the ruled. Everyone has the capacity and the responsibility to judge.” ~ Daniel B. Klein