American Monarchists: Natural Law and Christ the King

For Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians, yesterday wasn’t just the Sunday after Thanksgiving – the last day to catch some football before going back to work – it was the Feast of Christ the King. Christians across the world sang hymns like “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” and “Crown him with many … Continue reading

Shakespeare, Bastards and Gay Marriage

“Why brand they us with base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take more composition and fierce quality than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, go to creating a whole tribe of fops, got ‘tween asleep and wake?” The bastard Edmund’s famous speech in King Lear, Act 1 … Continue reading

Order: Threat or Support for Liberty?

“Such being the case, it follows that any, the worst form of government, is better than anarchy; and that individual liberty, or freedom, must be subordinate to whatever power may be necessary to protect society against anarchy within or destruction from without.” John C. Calhoun, in his Oregon Bill Speech, argues that nothing is worse … Continue reading

Slavery and Homosexuality: A Look at Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech

“Holding, as they do, that slavery is morally right, and socially elevating, they cannot cease to demand a full recognition of it, as a legal right and a social blessing.” In his speech at the Cooper Institute in New York City in February, 1860, Abraham Lincoln laid out the crux of the sectional crisis. Dr. … Continue reading

The Libertarian-Conservative Partnership

By Kyle Smith Conservatives and Libertarians, often in heated debate, dominate the scene at politically charged Hillsdale College. There is even a class offered called Conservative-Libertarian Debate, in which I had the tremendous fortune of participating. Much of this debate occurs between the economics department and, well, everybody else. The College, historically right-wing, has begun … Continue reading

Hillsdale’s True Mission? Teaching the Truth

“The fundamental things of our country are in doubt. I believe that we face a crisis like the one during which this school was founded.” As antebellum men and women debated about the justice or injustice of slavery, so Americans today argue about whether the government ought to respect hard work and private property or … Continue reading

The Tea Party Express and the Meaning of Natural Law

On Friday, the Tea Party Express stopped by in the little town of Hillsdale, MI.  The tour bus’ journey across the United States, which left Napa, CA on August 27, will arrive in Tampa, FL on September 12.  There, it will host the first Tea Party Presidential debate.  Although Hillsdale is technically a “city,” its … Continue reading

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