Essays


  • Tocqueville and the Pandemic in America
    Jeffery K. Tulis is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. Alexis de Tocqueville chose America for his great study of democracy for two reasons.  He thought that the …
  • Against Symmetry
    This essay is a response to Colleen Sheehan’s essay, “Everybody Knows”, which was the third in a series of several essays by different authors on the issue of conspiracies.  This series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the …
  • Who Needs Plausibility?
    This is the fourth in a series of several essays by different authors on the issue of conspiracies.  This series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom Greg Weiner is Provost and Vice President for Academic …
  • Let’s Not Culture War the Classics
    Randal Hendrickson is a political theorist and host of PODOPTICON, a politics, history, and culture podcast. Cornel West and Jeremy Tate made a splash with an op-ed on Howard University’s decision to shutter its classics department. The headline reads “Howard …
  • “Lost in the Marketplace of Ideas: Conspiracy Theory and our Outdated First Amendment?”
    This is the third in a series of several essays by different authors on the issue of conspiracies.  This series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom Stephen Macedo is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor …
  • What’s the Question to which Patriotism is supposed to be the Answer?
    This is the seventh in a series of several essays by different authors on the issue of patriotism. This series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom. Jan-Werner Müller is Roger Williams Straus Professor of …
  • The Messianic Presidency in Conservative Constitutional Thought
    Ken I. Kersch is professor of political science at Boston College. When the Trumpist Lincoln historian Allen Guelzo published a new foreword to a 2018 re-issue of the conservative political philosopher Harry V. Jaffa’s A New Birth of Freedom:  Abraham …

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