Democracy

History & Democratic Piety

MLK’s arc towards justice doesn’t entail passivity and requires sacrificial labor with patience. It also offers confidence that such labors are not in vain. There is a cosmic superstructure, and its Architect presides and will prevail.

Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens
Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens

The fact that many in Congress, as well as large segments of the American electorate and commentariat, consider court-packing a morally legitimate political tactic reveals serious deficits in our society’s understanding of and respect for the rule of law, America’s founding principles, and justice itself. What is more, it shows disrespect for the very idea of truth.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld: R.I.P.

The late Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spent his life in service to America, her people, and her friends. Two stories prove the man.

Marksism – No. 54: Rumsfeld, Democracy, and US Self-Understanding
Marksism – No. 54: Rumsfeld, Democracy, and US Self-Understanding

In this episode, the editors discuss Alan Dowd’s article about the US defending democracy abroad, an interview with Samuel Goldman about his book “After Nationalism,” and a reflection on Donald Rumsfeld from Marc LiVecche.

America Must Defend Democracy
America Must Defend Democracy

What the Free World built from the rubble of World War II isn’t perfect. But it’s unquestionably better than the alternative being pushed by Xi and Putin—and it’s definitely worth defending.

Islamist Group Slams Presidential Appointment of First Muslim Judge to Federal Court
Islamist Group Slams Presidential Appointment of First Muslim Judge to Federal Court

Judge Zahid Quraishi is the first Muslim federal judge in American history, but even though his nomination received bipartisan support, an unlikely source sharply criticized his appointment: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

USA/Germany & Cancel Culture

IRD/Providence hosted a conversation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation on Cancel Culture.

The New Whiggery

Whiggery isn’t an ideology or a political agenda. It’s a centuries old sensibility that counsels mutual respect, patience and optimism for persons and communities.

Decadent US vs. Virtuous China?

May America amid its sins seek virtue and justice. And may America never be at peace with a world led by tyrants.

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