Category Archives: History
Charles Kesler explores for the Claremont Review of Books the links between the Tea Party movement and American constitutional history. Both the old and the new Tea Party stand for resistance to unconstitutional power. In 1773 the Tea Partiers opposed the Tea Act, which violated their rights as Englishmen and as men. Their counterparts todayContinue Reading
Amity Shlaes writes in the latest Forbes magazine about facts that contradict the popular view among left-of-center partisans about John F. Kennedy’s political views. Buried under a progressive monument built by such historians as Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Kennedy cries out from the grave for a second look at his record. Yet to date most historiansContinue Reading
That’s a question The Federalist hopes to answer, with a new series featuring Frenchman Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry’s analysis of modern-day implications from Tocqueville‘s classic work, Democracy in America. Gobry’s comments ought to lead to further reflection among people of all political stripes. Take, for instance, his reaction to Tocqueville’s emphasis on equality. Tocqueville, after all, wasContinue Reading
James Piereson documents in a National Review book review some facts that contradict the popular narrative of John F. Kennedy’s liberal record. JFK was not only a conservative Cold Warrior but also a fiscal conservative and a tax cutter. He believed in efficiency in government and in cutting wasteful spending. He came to office pledgingContinue Reading
Virginia Postrel writes for Bloomberg that, 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, now is a good time for Democrats to call off their search for the mythical Camelot. For 50 years, Americans of various persuasions have imagined their ideals embodied in a Camelot that might have been. Advocates of a vigorous Cold War foreignContinue Reading
A TIME magazine article about JFK conspiracy theorists includes the following passage: “If only Kennedy had lived,” begin so many of their idle thoughts. Kennedy would never have escalated the war in Vietnam; he would never have let 60,000 American soldiers and countless civilians die in Southeast Asia. They believe he would have defused ColdContinue Reading
This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes about the 30th president’s legacy of boosting economic growth while shrinking government. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the major reversal in political fortunes that has taken place over the past month.