Sunday, June 7, 2015


America’s Suicide, by Michael H. Davison. Dapa Publishing LLC, 2014 v + 199 pp., Amazon price $27.00 hardcover Prime; $15.30 paperback Prime; $7.00 Kindle.

America is an idea, but for many its idea has differing interpretations.  The American idea to some is defined as a providentially divined society constituted solely to express God’s natural laws.  Protecting humankind’s natural rights manifests these natural laws consequentially resulting in an America that presents order, opportunity, freedom, and justice for all its inhabitants.  Arguably that interpretation of the American idea is grounded in America’s Declaration of Independence, which in many respects highlights America’s raison d'être. 

But for many other Americans the American idea is quite different.  Some will contend that America’s idea is a social contract between and amongst its inhabitants. This social contract not only protects humankind’s natural rights, but guarantees any and all human-made entitlements under the guise of social justice, manifested through an arbitrary process of wealth transfer commonly known as redistribution.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Jason Riley


The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered by Jason Riley on January 30, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.
Thomas Sowell once said that some books you write for pleasure, and others you write out of a sense of duty, because there are things to be said—and other people have better sense than to say them. My new book, Please Stop Helping Us, falls into that latter category. When I started out as a journalist 20 years ago, I had no expectation of focusing on race-related topics. People like Sowell and Shelby Steele and Walter Williams and a few other independent black thinkers, to my mind at least, had already said what needed to be said, had been saying it for decades, and had been saying it more eloquently than I ever could. But over the years, and with some prodding from those guys, it occurred to me that not enough younger blacks were following in their footsteps. It also occurred to me that many public policies aimed at the black underclass were just as wrongheaded as ever. The fight wasn’t over. A new generation of black thinkers needed to explain what’s working and what isn’t, and why, to a new generation of readers. And the result is this book, which I hope will help to bring more light than heat to the discussion of race.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College by William Voegeli on October 9, 2014, sponsored by the College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship.

Four years ago I wrote a book about modern American liberalism: Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State. It addressed the fact that America’s welfare state has been growing steadily for almost a century, and is now much bigger than it was at the start of the New Deal in 1932, or at the beginning of the Great Society in 1964. In 2013 the federal government spent $2.279 trillion—$7,200 per American, two-thirds of all federal outlays, and 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product—on the five big program areas that make up our welfare state: 

1. Social Security; 2. All other income support programs, such as disability insurance or unemployment compensation; 3. Medicare; 4. All other health programs, such as Medicaid; and 5. All programs for education, job training, and social services.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The following is an editorial by James Hall

The Comité De Salut Public during the French Revolution exhibited a pattern for nightmares far removed from their stated purpose as a Committee of Public Safety. The reign of terror that arose from the shambles created by the Society of the Jacobins, based upon extreme egalitarianism, actually produced a most violent outcome.  If you are one of those lost souls who cling to the latest narrative from the designer media reporting machine, the fear factor is working overtime. What can be more impartial than the threat of succumbing to an Ebola epidemic? Well, if you believe this hysteria, maybe the imminent acts of terror from those Islamic fascists; now called ISIS, will get your blood pressure to spike. Both share a paranoia manufactured in the labs of mind control more than in the actuary records of fact.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered by Philip Hamburger on May 6, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series. 

There are many complaints about administrative law—including that it is arbitrary, that it is a burden on the economy, and that it is an intrusion on freedom. The question I will address here is whether administrative law is unlawful, and I will focus on constitutional history. Those who forget history, it is often said, are doomed to repeat it. And this is what has happened in the United States with the rise of administrative law—or, more accurately, administrative power. 

Administrative law is commonly defended as a new sort of power, a product of the 19th and the 20th centuries that developed to deal with the problems of modern society in all its complexity. From this perspective, the Framers of the Constitution could not have anticipated it and the Constitution could not have barred it. What I will suggest, in contrast, is that administrative power is actually very old. It revives what used to be called prerogative or absolute power, and it is thus something that the Constitution centrally prohibited. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014


The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork

With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a "broad coalition" that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday "we are very confident that this will be a broad-based coalition with countries from the Arab world, from Europe, but also other key allies around the globe, like, for instance, Australia, which has joined us in humanitarian airdrops already in Iraq; or Canada, which has already put advisers on the ground."

Thursday, September 11, 2014


The tributes and remembrances of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 are not to incite violence, hate or fear towards any sect. This was not just an assault on America, but on everyone who believes in order, justice and freedom. These remembrances are to remind the world that depraved beliefs are an unfortunate reality and as much as the world strives towards respect and tolerance, we must also be prepared to battle hate and intolerance.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


The following is a letter to President Obama from Cody J. Carbone, a J.D./M.P.A. student at Syracuse University.

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write to you to express my current feelings and opinions on the current state of our newest adversary, ISIS, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Great Syria”. I am not an expert, nor will I portray one in this letter. I am just a student, concerned, nervous yet optimistic. I assume the latter will dissipate with old age, but there are a few things I am confident I do know.

I know you are not in the business of having Americans killed. I know you are in the hottest seat in the world. I know you believed you could achieve everything you promised back in 2008. I know you have tried. I know you care about our country, more than your score on the back nine. I know you know that we are the greatest country in the world. I know you know that we are being threatened.