Essays


  • Demagogues in American Politics
    Charles U. Zug is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Demagoguery is a concept that originated in classical antiquity, but the American constitutional system is, in its most important respects, rooted in a body of …
  • Don’t Mess With Our Constitution
    David Lewis Schaefer, Professor of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross America’s Constitution, by far the longest continuously operative one in the world, is under attack from both sides of the political spectrum. On the right, conservative Texas Republican …
  • US Citizenship – Blood or Soil?
    David Barulich writes on current political events and Constitutional Reform at TheUSRecon. His work has appeared in the LA Times, The Federalist, Education Week, LA Daily News, and other publications covering politics, fiscal policy, immigration, and education.  He resides in Pasadena, …
  • Beware of Bad Lawyering
    Jason Rosensweig is Director of Chicago for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. Bad law and bad lawyering …
  • Reason and the Freedom of Speech
    Joseph M. Knippenberg is Professor of Politics at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia. Review of Michael Berube and Jennifer Ruth, It’s Not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022.  x + …
  • It’s Manly Man Summer at the Claremont Institute
    Randal Hendrickson is the host of PODOPTICON, a politics, history, & philosophy podcast. The Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank in southern California, came to prominence during the Trump years. Founded in 1979, the organization aims to deliver high-sounding lessons …
  • Can Demagoguery be Good Sometimes? A Republican Defense of Trump
    Bernard J. Dobski, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at Assumption University in Worcester, MA where he teaches classes on political philosophy, American foreign policy, and international relations. He has published on classical political philosophy, Shakespeare and is currently …

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