The Revolutionary Trigger

– November 7, 2022

“We have a duty to confront a vital-but-uncomfortable question: at what point must Americans take it upon ourselves to revolt? In other words, what is the revolutionary trigger?” ~ Max Borders


Driving Liberty in the Traffic of Tolerance

– November 3, 2022

“Liberty is the ability to stay in my lane without having to worry about others as obstacles to my progress. Tolerance comes from the complex mix of political institutions that result in a rule of law, like traffic lanes, that ensure liberty is shared by all.” ~ Michael D. Thomas


A Question of Relationships: Are Our Personal Preferences Always “Personal?”

– October 31, 2022

“Accounting for the influence of relational dynamics may help us better understand some of the more vexing behaviors left unexplained by an over-strict adherence to methodological individualism.” ~ Paul Schwennesen & April Liu


In Defense of Generosity

– October 30, 2022

“As Thomas Aquinas indicated, none is so poor as to lack the means to be generous. The planned, egalitarian society is not the only just or good one, and a community in which generosity thrives is the very antithesis of a tyranny.” ~ Richard Gunderman


Despotic Days?

– October 28, 2022

“The tragedy we see around us is that cultural leaders are abandoning liberal norms, which themselves should bear a certain sacredness or sacrosanctity, so far as they go.” ~ Daniel Klein & Michael C. Munger


Reason and the Freedom of Speech

– September 11, 2022

“We should by all means distinguish between academic freedom and freedom of speech. But we should be very wary of those who wish to establish a basis for that distinction when they doubt the principled commitments to reason and truth that are both freedoms’ foundation.” ~ Joseph M. Knippenberg


The Baby and the Bathwater

– September 3, 2022

“There is an imprudence in forgetting that liberal principles, suitably cherished, are a check on power, the levers of which are, one day to the next, to be controlled by the good’s worst enemies.” ~ Daniel Klein & Daniel J. Mahoney


What Do We Mean by Liberal Education?

– August 28, 2022

“The mark of a genuinely liberal education is that it aims at instilling a set of paradoxical qualities, which are often quite fiercely at odds with one another: the capacity for inquiry, and the capacity for membership.” ~ Wilfred M. McClay


Complexity, Scientism, and Contemporary Politics

– August 26, 2022

“The scientistic attitude encourages policymakers to adopt what Hayek called a ‘pretense of knowledge,’ an overconfident, if not plainly false, belief in their own knowledge and powers of social control.” ~ Scott Scheall


Open Letter to a Young Marxist

– August 20, 2022

“If any social experiment depends on scorching the earth before building a Utopia, it is probably not the way. But if an ideal system starts small and grows, pulling more human souls into its influence, it’s probably got legs.” ~ Max Borders


How Thomas Aquinas Desacralized the State

– August 8, 2022

“McCormick illustrates that Aquinas’s De Regno provides us with a politics that takes liberty and virtue seriously—but always together and never apart. And that should matter to anyone, religious or otherwise, who refuses both nihilism and collectivism.” ~ Samuel Gregg


Hannah Arendt’s Chilling Thesis on Evil

– August 6, 2022

“As Arendt explained, ‘Going along with the rest and wanting to say ‘we’ were quite enough to make the greatest of all crimes possible.'” ~ Lawrence W. Reed