Essays


  • Everybody Knows
    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 Colleen A. Sheehan is Professor and Director of …
  • Sinister Syncopation: The “New Conspiracism” Meets the Intellectuals of the Reactionary Right
    This is the second 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. Laura Field is a scholar in residence at …
  • The Filibuster May Be Prudent. It Is Not Madisonian
    Greg Weiner is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Assumption University. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is regular contributor for The Constitutionalist. In a speech threatening a “scorched earth Senate” if Democrats abolish …
  • Essay Series on Patriotism: Fifth Essay, “What Does My Government Ask of Me?”
    This is the fifth 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. Emily Pears is Assistant Professor of Government at …
  • Conspiracy and the Undoing of Democracy 2021
    This is the first 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 Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor …
  • Essay Series on Patriotism: Fourth Essay, “For (Critical) Love of Country”
    This is the fourth 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. Randal Hendrickson is a political theorist and host …
  • We Don’t Have an Imperial Presidency but Rather a Muscle-Bound Congress
    Thomas J. Main is Professor in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. We have often heard warnings about the imperial presidency at least since Arthur Schlesinger’s book with that title was published in 1973 and …

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