Have you noticed that Donald Trump almost never mentions the words “freedom” or “liberty”? Or that he never complains about big government? National Review‘s Jim Geraghty discusses these words that Trump doesn’t use, pointing out that instead he focuses on strength and weakness. [Read more…]
Now that the truths that were foundational to the American republic–that there is a Creator who is the basis for human equality and rights that transcend the state–are no longer self-evident, we are starting to see a rethinking of everything America used to stand for. For example, Princeton professor Philip Pettit, in a book entitled Just Freedom, argues that we need to do away with the “libertarian” notion of individual freedom. Instead, we should pursue “democratic freedom,” based on the liberty of groups not to be dominated by another group.
Liberal think-tanker Danielle Allen explains, after the jump. [Read more…]
M. Stanton Evans, one of the founders of modern conservatism, died at age 80 in Leesburg, Virginia. Read about his importance after the jump.
I urge you to read his book The Theme Is Freedom, on the historical rise of political liberty. He takes what he calls “the liberal history lesson”–that the world was in darkness and slavery until the humanists and the Enlightenment cast off the religious shackles to bring freedom into the world–and utterly refutes it. In fact, he shows that the humanists and the Enlightenment gave us the absolute despots. In contrast, the kings of the Middle Ages were greatly limited in their power under a rule of law, which he shows derives from Christianity. Mr. Evans also showed the influence of Luther and the Protestant Reformation on the rise of liberty. There is much more in this surprising and paradigm-shifting book.
I actually met Mr. Evans a number of years ago. He had read my book on fascism, which he praised highly, saying that he wished he had read it while he was working on The Theme Is Freedom because he would have liked to have incorporated it into his argument. That made me feel good, needless to say. [Read more…]
You have probably heard about the CEO of Mozilla (makers of the open source Firefox browser) losing his job when it was learned that he had given some money to support that referendum in California a few years ago that would block gay marriage in that state. Since the contribution records have been made public, lots of other people could conceivably lose their livelihoods in this new activist climate. Peter Wehner has some good observations about this whole mindset of punishing people for their beliefs. [Read more…]
Al Mohler gives us some useful language in thinking about the conflicts of the day: “Erotic liberty” vs. “Religious liberty.” And when those two clash, you know which one will prevail. [Read more…]