To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

This interview with Heather Richardson is a very interesting take on the history of the GOP.

She is the author of the book, “To Make Men Free: A History Of The Republican Party.” Here she is being interviewed by C-Span’s Book TV. She has a left bias, but she makes real contributions to the discussion of what it means to be the GOP.

In a book panel elswhere she makes the point that the GOP embodies the American story in its history of balancing two consitutional values: equal opportunity and the right to own property. The Democratic Party does not live in that tension and is onesided in its approach, focusing on equal opportunity alone.

For all my friends who are GOP activists, I commend viewing this interview and reading this book.

Reading Right Bookclub Begins

Hi, all. Here we go, our first Reading Right Book Club selection and meeting. We will meet as a rule the last Monday of each month at the Lydia Drake Library’s Pine Room, 7 PM, starting June 26, located at 340 High St, Pembroke. This is sponsored by the Pembroke Republican Town Committee, and I will be facilitating the first discussion.

Our first selection will be William Buckley’s God and Man At Yale.

This work by Buckley at age 24 is considered one of the three or four sources of the resurgence of conservative political thought in the mid 1900s. This, along with Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind” and Michael Novak’s “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism,” gave to those committed to the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution intellectual support. By these works much was done to escape the judgment of John Stuart Mill of the conservative tradition in politics as “the stupid party.”

GAMAY was Buckley’s reflection of the socialist and godless education he had received at Yale. His arguments were straightforward: first, Yale was undermining students’ faith in Christianity; second, Yale was promoting economic collectivism; and third, alumni should exert their influence to reverse the course of pedagogy at Yale.

The book has not lost influence over time and still stands as an accurate portrayal of the university world. Recent events on the university campus to shut down free speech along with the ill-considered tirades of faculty against capitalism demonstrate that Buckley’s diagnosis of campus ills have only tragically deepened.

The book is available on Kindle as well as book format. Reserve your copy now from the library if you choose not to buy the book.

You need not to have read the book to profit from the discussion. Google the book on the internet and find some reviews or go to youtube to view discussions of GAMAY. This will give you enough of a grasp of the book to meaningfully contribute and appreciate the conversation.

Invite your friends! Part of our goal is to give people of whatever political persuasion an opportunity to discuss important ideas.

The Liberal International Order Is Dead

Here is a debate between Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria on whether or not the liberal international order is dead. Ferguson argues the affirmative. The post-WWII globalist vision of FDR and company, complete with international institutions such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, etc., is a dead vision. The attempt to create the universal man stripped of nationalism and motivated by boundary and cultural markers is now gone, so Ferguson argues. Replacing it is surging democratic populism with its confident cultural identity.

Ferguson is not arguing that it should be this way but that it is now this way. Recognizing this new world is essential to the political management of our crises. This is a most important debate.