First Principles Essays


First Principles Essays

Judicial Supremacy and Our Two Constitutions: Reflections on the Historical Record by Robert Lowry Clinton

“Hate Speech” and the New Tyranny over the Mind by Arthur Milikh

The Case for Color-Blindness by Peter C. Myers

The Meaning of American Citizenship by Carson Holloway

The Contested Removal Power by J. David Alvis

The Promises and Perils of Identity Politics by David Azerrad

Against Judicial Supremacy: The Founders and the Limits on the Courts by Carson Holloway

The Rise and Fall of Political Parties in America by Joseph Postell

The Progressive Critique of Free Markets: A Response by Luigi Bradizza

The Founders and Free Trade: The Foreign Commerce Power and America’s National Interest by Carson Holloway

Public-Sector Unions and the Founders’ Political Science by Daniel DiSalvo

Is the System Rigged? Adam Smith on Crony Capitalism, Its Causes—and Cures by Lauren Brubaker

Can the State be Neutral on Marriage? by Scott Yenor

The Limits and Dangers of Civil Disobedience: The Case of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Peter C. Myers

Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History by Scott Yenor

The Right to Arms and the American Philosophy of Freedom by Nelson Lund

The Hidden Influence of John Rawls on the American Mind by Jerome Foss

The Modern Feminist Rejection of Constitutional Government by Christina Villegas

The Obligations of Family Life: A Response to Modern Liberalism by Scott Yenor

Tocqueville on Christianity and American Democracy by Carson Holloway

Alexander Hamilton and American Foreign Policy by Carson Holloway

Hamiltonian Constitutional Interpretation: In Defense of Energetic and Limited Government by Carson Holloway

Understanding Tyranny and Terror: From the French Revolution to Modern Islamism by Waller Newell

Champion of Liberty: Winston Churchill and His Message to America Justin D. Lyons

Poverty and Welfare in the American Founding by Thomas West

Alexander Hamilton and American Progressivism by Carson Holloway

Federalism and Freedom: Orestes Brownson's Case for the Federal Constitution by Robert Moffit

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dream by Peter C. Myers

The Birth of Direct Democracy: What Progressivism Did to the States by Ronald Pestritto and Taylor Kempema

The True Origin of Society: The Founders on the Family by Scott Yenor

Remaking the World: Progressivism and American Foreign Policy by Christopher Burkett

Liberalism Radicalized: The Sexual Revolution, Multiculturalism and the Rise of Identity Politics by Kevin Slack

Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler

The Origins and Revival of Constitutional Conservatism: 1912 and 2012 by William A. Schambra

The Transformation of American Democracy: Teddy Roosevelt, the 1912 Election, and the Progressive Party by Sidney M. Milkis

A Federal Republic: Lincoln's First Inaugural and the Nature of the Union by Herman Belz

Interposition and the Heresy of Nullification: James Madison and the Exercise of Sovereign Constitutional Powers by Christian G. Fritz

The First Principles of Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy by Robert Kaufman

The First Conservatives: The Constitutional Challenge to Progressivism by Jonathan O’Neill

Still Witnessing: The Enduring Relevance of Whittaker Chambers by Richard Reinsch

America the Delusional? Overcoming Our European Temptation by Bruce Thornton

Ten (Mostly) Hayekian Insights for Trying Economic Times by Bruce Caldwell

Frederick Douglass's America: Race, Justice, and the Promise of the American Founding by Peter C. Myers

The Myth of Isolationism, Part I: American Leadership and the Cause of Liberty by Marion Smith

America's Founders and the Principles of Foreign Policy: Sovereign Independence, National Interest, and the Cause of Liberty in the World by Matthew Spalding

The Economic Principles of America’s Founders: Property Rights, Free Markets, and Sound Money by Thomas West

Bureaucratic Tyranny or the Renewal of Self-Government: The Beginning of Centralized Administration in America by John Adams Wettergreen

The Moral Basis for Economic Liberty by The Reverend Robert Sirico

Standing Athwart History: The Political Thought of William F. Buckley Jr. by Lee Edwards

Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: What Tocqueville Teaches Today: A Conversation by James Ceaser, Thomas West, and Paul Rahe

Extended Republic or Centralized Nation-State? Herbert Croly, Progressivism, and the Decline of Civic Engagement by Brian Brown

Justice, Law, and the Creation of the American Republic: The Forgotten Legacy of James Wilson by Mark David Hall

Winston Churchill's Constitutionalism: A Critique of Socialism in America by Justin D. Lyons

Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence by Bradley Watson

Limited Government, Unlimited Administration: Is It Possible of Restore Constitutionalism? by Gary Lawson

How To Think About the Foundations of American Conservatism by James Ceaser

The Idea of Change in American Politics: Meaningful Concept or Empty Promise? by Wilfred McClay

The Nature of Rights in American Politics: A Comparison of Three Revolutions by Charles Kesler

The Perils of Judicial Policymaking: The Practical Case for Separation of Powers by Joshua Dunn

Roots of Modern Conservative Thought from Burke to Kirk by Edwin Feulner

What Separation of Powers Means for Constitutional Government by Charles Kesler

The Birth of the Administrative State: Where It Came From and What It Means for Limited Government by Ronald Pestritto

The Decline and Fall of the Right to Property: Government as Universal Landlord by Edward Erler

Prudence, Politics, and the Proclamation by Allen Guezlo

Born American: Reflections of an Immigrant Patriot by Peter Scramm

The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics by William A. Schambra and Thomas West

Independence Forever: Why America Celebrates the Fourth of July by Matthew Spalding

The Meaning of Sovereignty: What Our Founding Fathers Could Tell Us About Current Events by Jeremy Rabkin

A Moral Case Against Big Government: How Government Shapes the Character, Vision, and Virtue of Citizens by Ryan Messmore

The Conservative Consensus: Frank Meyer, Barry Goldwater, and the Politics of Fusionism by Lee Edwards

Faith and the American Founding: Illustrating Religion's Influence by Michael Novak

The Mythical "Wall of Separation": How a Misused Metaphor Changed Church-State Law, Policy, and Discourse by Daniel Dreisbach

How to Read the Constitution: Self-Government and the Jurisprudence of Originalism by Keith Whittington

Energy in the Executive: Re-examining Presidential Power in the Midst of the War on Terrorism by John Yoo

Making Citizens: The Case for Patriotic Assimilation by Matthew Spalding

From Constitutional Interpretation to Judicial Activism: The Transformation of Judicial Review in America by Christopher Wolfe 

What's Great About America by Dinesh D’Souza

Parental Rights: A Foundational Account by Melissa Moschella

Capitalism in the 1619 Project by Samuel Gregg


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