Contemporary Political Thought

From First Thoughts

So I know you haven’t missed me. But I’ve been really sick with a virus or food poisoning or something. Plus I went on a complicated road trip for the first time for a while, visiting Provo and Salt Lake City on behalf or our Ralph’s John Adams Center. Here’s one point that . . . . Continue Reading »

Deconstructing Marriage

From First Thoughts

So here’s another rough and dirty SNIPPET from my upcoming lecture on the FREE AND RELATIONAL PERSON AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. The judicial movement to understand the person less relationally, or more as a free individual in the Lockean sense, began in 1965. The Court began, of course, . . . . Continue Reading »

American Democracy and Love

From First Thoughts

So I appreciate a couple of criticisms I got of my semi-ironic presentation of Tocquevillian WAVISM below. That wavism, we can say, can be reduced to the proposition that democracy emotionally deconstructs LOVE. You can find a similar kind of wavism in Allan Bloom’s CLOSING, which is all . . . . Continue Reading »

Daring to Tell the Truth

From First Thoughts

Well, speaking of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and THE VELVET REVOLUTION, we wonder, with Havel, whether political life can be about living in the truth. Pete is probably right about our two real alternatives when it comes to health care. That means, as Capretta explains, our demographic . . . . Continue Reading »

Rome, GA in THE WASHINGTON POST

From First Thoughts

Here’s a story featuring the man who ran THE MAGNOLIA MEAT MARKET in my Rome, GA. He blames President Obama for his business failure, and he’s going to hunker down until we have a new president. The big takeaway that the so-called recovery since the swoon of 2008 has been jobless. It . . . . Continue Reading »

The Japanese and the End of History

From First Thoughts

Well, I agree with Carl that the data in the study about the Japanese aversion to sex is suspect. On the other hand: What I say doesn’t really depend on the data so much. The phrase “celibacy syndrome” is the translation of a malady that was identified by the Japanese media, not . . . . Continue Reading »